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s hands that bothered him mostNot a socialite Ben Gurion had few close friends His hands that bothered him mostNot a socialite Ben Gurion had few close friends His of relaxation were usually spent in reading rather than CONVERSATION BUT HE WAS ALWAYS OPEN but he was always open 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 Gurion 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 visions 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 out 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 un A STATE AT ANY COST THE LIFE OF DAVID BEN GURION is an apt title for Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev s new biography of Israel s first Prime Minister Segev is a prolific writer who is the author of seven books ranging from a biography of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal THE SEVENTH MILLION 1967 ISRAEL THE WAR AND THE YEAR This book is intensive and loaded in details pertaining to David Ben Gurion and the creation of the State of Israel He was born and raised in Plonsk Poland took up Zionism and the Zionist vision and eventually led Israel to being an international player by the 1950s and 1960s The book showcases the absolute Zionist and even imperialistic take over of the Palestinian region David Ben Gurion and the preservation of the Jewish people is throughout the book and frankly so shows why the Arab Israeli conflict is deep rooted in mutual hatred The Zion movement can be seen in action as early as 1906 when The purchase of land for Jewish settlements sometimes involved the ejection of Arabs from land that they had cultivated as tenant farmers pg 77The Jewish state sponsored violence and promotion of Zionism was highlighted by In the era of Hitler we are compelled to resort to belligerent Zionism pg 283 and The world war of 1914 1918 brought us the Balfour Declaration now we must bring about the Jewish State pg 287Wartime confrontation and expulsion against the enemy of the state was targeted towards the Arabs There are too many Arabs in the country pg 452 Two Israeli Air Force jets were nicknamed Sa ar and Sufah translating from Hebrew to respectively mean storm and tempest These names were taken from Psalms 8316 Pursue them with our tempest terrify them with Peppa Pig 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. Te life 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 insights.
Tom Segev ô 2 Free readAted with the revisionist or new historians who often challenge Israel s founding narratives Whether this has coloured his account I am in no position to judge but as an accessible and well written work the book has much to recommend it Certainly Segev is often critical of Ben Gurion as he re examines the life and legacy of the man whose life long mission was to establish a Jewish state in Palestine who was ruthless and almost fanatical in wanting a state at any cost And that cost was of course immeasurable and continues to this day Ben Gurion emerges as a man of vision single minded and determined but difficult and self obsessed Not at all likeable in my opinion or sympathetic Segev argues that Ben Gurion was an indispensable leader the right man at the right time but obviously has no time for him as a person A complex man a complex life and a complex history It s a long book but well worth the effort and concentration needed Whether the facts are open to interpretation whether there are falsities and exaggerations I don t know but I certainly found myself immersed in the story and gained a lot from it David Ben Gurion was born in 1886 in Poland and died in 1971 in Israel His activity as a Zionist began in his teenage Peppa Pig years 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 aoung man and finally in retirement Above all he provided a sense of 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 expecting and almost always receiving pleas to remain with the bind 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 European 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 S 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 priva. .
A monster of a book Densely written and packed with footnotes but the Israeli politics remain incomprehensible to me and I don t feel like I gained any great insight to Ben Gurion either I don t think the author liked his subject very well ultimately It s so long I would have abandoned it but thanks to Covid 19 I had plenty of reading time A great biography not just of a man but of his nation as well Written of reading time A great biography not just of a man but of his nation as well Written great elegance with a sovereign
on the enormous amount of 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 Gurion He has done what any good historian should do positioning his protagonist in his own time and culture This book is a great way to familiarize oneself with ZionistIsraeli history and its position viz a viz the Arab population Three to four Peppa Pig years ago the Middle East was big in the news It still is always is was and will be but in my budding southern Virginia based world consciousness there was a local maximum of fervor What struck me was how little the bombings and rabble rousing rhetoric affected me Syria Jordan Saudi Arabia all a blob of war somewhere east of Germany and west of India Each one blurry and inextricable from the others Arabs I d call them if I had to call them something though like the term Jew I wasn t sure if it was a slur or notSo I decided I wanted to go to Israel Not for the food God no I couldn t stand hummus or falafel Not for the religion at this point I det to start reading the Bible Not for the geography either after visiting Moab it was hard to imagine Israel holding a candle the majesty of the Great American Desert It was just to understand the area better so I could care about the newsO 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 Baby Touch 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 "how long the odds were around successfully establishing a Zionist state and how acutely aware Ben Gurion was of Although the book itself is long 700 pages and on the academic side of biographies Roald Dahl S Abc you 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 Reading the book was like reading the history of the lives of my familyMy grandparents came to Israel at the same time as Ben Gurion The community in Israel was small and everyone knew everyoneBut It is than sad to read that there had never been a solution to the Israel Arab relationship The book also reveals historical information unknown at the time The leaders of the newborn nation made many wrong decision that had cost the life of manyoung people among them Holocaust survivors The Zionists leadership didn t do enough to try to save the Jews during the HolocaustAnd difficult facts Reading the book was a difficult experience I lived again through many of the experiences and the troubled moments of life in Israel 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 Tom Segev is a leading Israeli historian and this is a meticulously researched thorough and cogent if perhaps controversial biography of David Ben Gurion Segev is associ. The definitive and newsworthy biography of Israel’s founder and longest serving prime ministerWhen Tom Segev’s biography of David Ben Gurion was published in Israel in early 2018 it was a major event making headlines and earning worldwide coverage in The New York Times and elsewhere The culmination of a lifetime’s work Segev’s book casts the history of Israel and its founder in a bracing new light Using large amounts of previously unrevealed archival material Segev demonstrates Ben Gurion’s power skills and achievements as well as his limitations weaknesse. .GRIP ON THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF