Ben-Gurion, Zionism and American Jewry: 1948-1963 (Israeli by Ariel Feldestein

By Ariel Feldestein

In response to archival fabric, this interesting e-book examines David Ben-Gurion’s impression at the dating among the kingdom of Israel, the Zionist association and American Jewry among 1948 and 1963 while he served as major Minister and Minister of Defence. the writer discusses how Ben-Gurion was once mostly instrumental in forming Israel’s rules in the course of the first twenty years of the country’s lifestyles and, because of his place, character and status, he used to be in a position to effect the fashioning of political constructions in addition to their content material. The e-book discusses either the political reasons of the leaders and the ideological discourse, so that it will comprehend their dependency and to spotlight their value within the phrases Diaspora and exile, the centrality of the country of Israel, and the function performed via the Jews of the United States. As such it will be of significant curiosity to students of center East stories, Jewish experiences, and ethnicity and nationalism.

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For example, in the period of the Sages, a thriving Jewish center existed in Babylon parallel to the center in Eretz–Israel. It was there, in the Diaspora, that the magnificent and immensely important Babylonian Talmud was composed. 3 In the separation debate at the aforementioned meeting of the Zionist General Council, Ben–Gurion stated that although Israel’s statehood was a fact, it was hard to take its existence for granted as long as the outcome of the military confrontation with the Arab countries was undecided; at the time, late in August 1948, the War of Independence was at its height.

32 Meanwhile, Berl Locker, Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, had traveled to the United States to resolve the fundraising dispute, without success. At a meeting between the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency on December 29, 1948, he said that the relationship between the two sides was marked by “mutual suspicion and mutual hatred” and proposed that cables be sent to both sides, demanding an end to the crisis. Ben-Gurion objected to this or any other involvement in the dispute on the following grounds: first, the State of Israel had no authority beyond its own borders and thus was precluded from direct intervention in the dispute; second, it was impossible to send cables demanding that the two sides end the crisis, after the cable in response to the ZOA’s demand.

Eliyahu Dobkin declared that the main objective was to educate and prepare part of American Jewry for immigration during the coming decade. Contrary to Eban and Sharett, he thought that Israel’s embassies were not capable of organizing such an enterprise without the full cooperation of the Zionist Organization. ”16 Apparently, the difference between the two approaches lay partly in the fact that Sharett and Eban were Foreign Ministry people, whereas Dobkin was a member of the Agency Executive. 17 Parallel to the discussions in the various institutions with regard to finding a solution to the state’s disrupted relations with the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, the connection with the American Jewish Committee AJC was growing stronger and reached a peak in the “Exchange of Views” between Ben-Gurion and Blaustein.

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