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Rion s story contains the many conceptions of the *Jewish state held at various times by Zionists expanded and in some cases contracted by war The most extensive *state held at various times by Zionists expanded and in some cases contracted by war The most extensive went so far as to include parts of what is now Saudi Arabia extending even to the oil fields on the Persian Gulf that have brought so much wealth to the Saudis To the west not just the West Bank of the Jordan river but Jordan itself have been thought to be a rightful part of Israel in a kind of Miniature Replication Of The Dream That Played replication of the dream that played in full for Anglo Americans as they easily swept natives from the land Israel from the start has deliberately never declared official borders but the large Arab population has stymied expansion plans beyond the relentless but gradual evictions of Palestinian Arabs from the West BankThe irony of Zionism under Ben Gurion s leadership is the way it parallels what Hitler had in mind ridding a land of people that the ones doing the expelling believe have had no right at all to be there Jews in Europe were and the Arabs in what was Palestine were and are eually innocent and undeserving of eviction It should be remembered that Zionist plans to re locate Arabs preceded the Second World War involving payments to absentee landlords to purchase land after which the Arabs working the land would be told to leave Ben Gurion also considered mass Arab re location by paying Jordan to take Palestinian Arabs with or without their consentThis is a reason that the title of this book A State at Any Cost is appropriate Ben Gurion is understandably seen as heroic by Israeli Jews because he had a vision of nothing other than a state for one people It was of no importance to him what happened to the Arabs other than that they leaveNot religious in common with many Jews of his generation who immigrated to Palestine he did not regularly attend services He had no use for ultra orthodox Jews which he referred to as blacks though he was able to work with them politically making concessions to them involving Israeli cultural life This is significant because the ultra orthodox who lived in Jerusalem at the turn of the 20th century were anti Zionist and some remain so today The final chapter of this book titled Another Kind of Jew is a penetrating look at what it means to call oneself a Jew and how Ben Gurion fit into the pictureTom Segev is an outstanding writer This book is a model of clarity He is Israeli and the book was originally published in Hebrew started off nice and spritely but by chapter 15 I started drowning in Zionism at the beginning of chapter 19 the idea of 60% of the book is et to be concurred seems unattainable What I have read in this book gave a great idea of the main characters who eventually were credit with creation of the state of Israel We have an important task before us We have met here to lay the foundation stone of the house that will some day shelter the Jewish people We have to aim at securing legal international guarantees for our work Theodor Herzl I read this having at best a very loose understanding of what Ben Gurion s life involved before 1948 and so spent the first 100 pages of this impeccable researched biography wondering if I was out of my depth But over time and once Redeeming Your Bloodline you start appreciating the wonderfully deadpan effects of the translationou really start to appreciate how relentlessly focussed Ben Gurion was and how monomaniacal he was throughout his entire life This biography isn t a celebration of him it s too balanced for that But it really brings across how long the odds were around successfully establishing a Zionist state and how acutely aware Ben Gurion was of that Although the book itself is long 700 pages and on the academic side of biographies ou also come away appreciating how many other books can hang off it the creation of Israel almost seems anti climactic given DBG s immediate focus on populating and preserving it But what shines through the most is how extraordinarily impersonal his relationship with the country was colleagues family and friends are all notable mainly by their absence compared to his delivery of a lifelong ambition A great biography not just of a man but of his nation as well Written with great elegance with a sovereign grip on the enormous amount of material This book shows the greatness and tragedy of Ben Gurion who from a Polish Jew grew into the leading person of the Zionist movement Segev did not write a hagiography but neither a post mortem attack on Ben Gurio. Including the testimony of four longtime loversMany admired Ben Gurion in his day and many now miss his vision and inspiration his boldness and integrity Others have vilified him as an aggressive divisive dour and often capricious politician But only a few have really grasped the most intimate and guarded aspects of his complex character the man behind the myth As in his seven previous books on Israel and the Holocaust which have been translated into fourteen languages Segev again offers a vibrant page turner with unexpected discoveries and original insight.

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Alms 8316 Pursue them with our tempest terrify them with The Way Of Life Interactive Manual your storm pg 511Overall a good book and I learned a lot on the subject In this bookou get lots of historical context geopolitical information and ethnocultural information like Sephardic Ashkenazic the Haredim etc that all relate to David Ben Gurion and the Zionist vision of creating and maintaining A State At Any Cost David Ben Gurion was born in 1886 in Poland and died in 1971 in Israel His activity as a Zionist began in his teenage ears and continued without interruption for the rest of his life He is rightfully called the father of Israel the establishment and development of which was his first concern at all times Tom Segev s account is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the 20th century and the contested area of PalestineIsraelA man without a sense of humor Ben Gurion was driven to place himself in a leadership position Though married he would leave his wife Paula and their children for long periods of time as he traveled both within Palestine and to other countries promoting the cause by attempting to unite factions or influence foreigners to aid the effort He spent time on a kibbutz a commune in Palestine both as a oung man and finally in retirement Above all he provided a sense Palestine both as a oung man and finally in retirement Above all he provided a sense direction toward the goal of a Jewish state established in Palestine through the immigration of Jews to the point where they would be a majority over the Arabs who were living thereBen Gurion had peculiarities one of which was continually announcing when things reached a bind that he was stepping down from this or that leadership position fully expecting and almost always receiving pleas to remain with the bind relaxed in his favor He comes across as reasonable in most cases but had rivals such as Ezer Weizman that he was continually trying to side track He could rail at those who opposed his plans such as Menachem Begin and did not hesitate to use military force to have his wayBen Gurion did not fear combat but failed to see it in WW1 when he raised a Jewish force to fight for the Ottoman Empire being expelled from Palestine by the Turks Despite his lack of any officer training he ended up being the effective commander in chief he became both prime minister and defense minister for Israel in the fight for independence against the Arabs in 1948 and remained so into the 1960 s Because Jews were a small minority in Palestine as the 20th century opened the task of raising the number to exceed the Arab population was daunting Pogroms in Russia brought some refugees and further waves of Jewish immigrants gradually brought their population up but the relatively primitive living conditions in Palestine and the difficulty of making a good living there resulted in a good percentage of those who had arrived ultimately leavingThe closing of America the first choice by far for Jewish immigrants from Europe to immigration in the 1920 s made it easier to attract them to Palestine but it was the Holocaust that in the end provided the numbers needed to create a Jewish majority even if in only a segment of Palestine Ben Gurion was a pragmatist and was not put off by partitioning into Arab and Jewish sectors convinced that Israel could *Expand Over Time As Has Been The Case To DateBeing *over time as has been the case to dateBeing and seeing the settlement of Jews in Palestine as an extension of European culture he hoped that European Jews the Ashkenazim would make up the bulk of the population for the new state then watched helplessly as the Holocaust literally eliminated that group of millions of potential citizens It was this loss of so many possible immigrants rather than the millions of personal tragedies at Hitler s hands that bothered him mostNot a socialite Ben Gurion had few close friends His moments of relaxation were usually spent in reading rather than conversation but he was always open to people who wanted to meet with him and tried his best to respond to written correspondenceWhen Israel was declared a state in 1948 he despaired that so many who came were Mizrahim Jews expelled from Arab countries in retaliation for Israel s expulsion of Arabs The Mizrahim did not possess the European cultivation and expertise that he felt was necessary for the survival of the new country and he was never sure of that survival At the bottom in his eyes were the Arabs a people of lesser intelligence who needed to be forced to leave if they could not be encouraged to do so This has been a problem ever sinceBen Gu. And failures Segev's probing account reveals for the first time Ben Gurion's secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel's independence his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbors his relative indifference to the status of Jerusalem and Israel's nuclear program and his occasional nutty moments from UFO sightings to a plan for Israel to acuire territory in South America Segev also shows that Ben Gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acuaintance and reveals Ben Gurion's tempestuous private life.