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Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Gabriel Sheffer

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Moshe Sharett, Israel's second Prime Minister from 1953–5, its Foreign Minister from 1948–56, and one of the founders of the State of Israel, was at the centre of events in Israel and the Yishuv for ... More


Introduction: Sharett’s Forgotten Struggles

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to probe some of the principal dilemmas that vexed the leaders of the Yishuv and the Jewish state from the mid-1930s to the ... More


Roots

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The Shertok–Sharett family saga, which was abruptly cut off with Moshe Sharett's death in 1965, began a century earlier in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in tsarist Russia. The two individuals at the ... More


Membership in the ‘Family of Nations’

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

THE dream and the ultimate operative goal of Israel's Labour leaders was the ‘normalization’ of the Jewish people through the creation of a ‘normal’ state. For Moshe Sharett, such normalization ... More


American Pressures

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0017
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Sharett soon learned that ‘joining the family of nations’, which according to him was an essential element in the normalization of Israel, only meant a further increase in the need to make constant ... More


A Swing towards the West

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0019
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The existence of a moderate, liberal, pragmatic, and libertarian camp within the Mapai, led by Sharett, composed of moderates of Ahdut Haavodah and some veterans of Hapoel Hatzair, was made clear ... More


A Year of Troubles

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0020
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The ability of small states to maintain a respectable existence depends on a delicate balance between their power and prestige in the international sphere and their internal social and economic ... More


‘A People that Does not Dwell Alone’

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0021
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Deterioration of security on Israeli borders, reparations from Germany, and the retreat from non-alignment were the three major issues confronting Sharett and his colleagues at the beginning of 1952. ... More


A Coalition of Two

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0022
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

For most of the Israeli politicians, the Asian continent constituted terra incognita with which Israel had scant contact and inadequate representation. Sharett, however, had evinced great fascination ... More


The ‘Obvious’ Heir

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0023
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

In the early 1950s, no change of guard in Israeli politics occurred without considerable preliminary practical as well as ritualistic preparations. This was of course particularly the case with ... More


A Beleaguered Prime Minister

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0024
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Despite the vagaries of the process of his appointment, Sharett's road to the prime minister's office had not been too crippling, and his initial period as ‘number one’ looked promising. Also, ... More


‘A State of Law and Order or of Robbery?’

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0026
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The inquiry into the Mishap and the increasing political turmoil that accompanied it in Israel and abroad revealed the extent to which relations among the senior echelons of Israel's defence ... More


Selection and Elections

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0027
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Mapai had begun its actual preparations for the forthcoming general elections on 19 May 1955 in a meeting of the Mapai Central Committee. For a short while it looked as if Sharett and Ben–Gurion ... More


The Struggle over the Sharett Line

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0028
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The establishment of the second Ben–Gurion government in November 1955 marked a new phase in Israel's internal politics, but the direction of its foreign policy was still an open question. The main ... More


Resignation

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0029
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Nobody is more vindictive than political partners who have come to the end of their joint road. When Moshe Sharett and David Ben–Gurion parted, they embarked upon separate roads that would ultimately ... More


‘My Country has Deserted Me!’

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0030
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Sharett's resignation from government reflected a deep political malaise in Israeli politics in general, and in Mapai in particular, that would gradually become clear even to some contemporary ... More


New Missions

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0031
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

A new chapter was opened in Sharett's political career, one in which he was constantly asked to undertake missions on behalf of the Jewish state, the Jewish Agency, and Mapai to the Diaspora. Thus as ... More


‘Fear and [Political] Greed’

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0032
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

When the Mishap initially re-emerged in 1960, it was regarded as a series of unrelated and relatively harmless political incidents in which Pinhas Lavon sought political rehabilitation for his ... More


Last Battles

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0033
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Lavon's departure as the Histadrut secretary-general did not put an end to the Affair. Immediately after the Central Committee meeting that had voted on the sacking, a third stage, in which Sharett ... More


The Sharett Legacy

Gabriel Sheffer

in Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198279945
eISBN:
9780191684326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0034
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Moshe Sharett belongs to the category of forgotten leaders. For about thirty years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, he influenced the internal development and especially foreign relations of the ... More


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