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By Shimon Peres

ISBN-10: 0805242821

ISBN-13: 9780805242829

Israel’s present president supplies us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s founding father and primary best minister.

Shimon Peres was once in his early twenties whilst he first met David Ben-Gurion. even if the country that Ben-Gurion may lead via struggle and peace had now not but declared its precarious independence, the “Old Man,” as he was once known as even then, used to be already a mythic determine. Peres, who got here of age within the cupboards of Ben-Gurion, is uniquely positioned to awaken this determine of stirring contradictions—a prophetic visionary and a canny pragmatist who early grasped the need of compromise for nationwide survival. Ben-Gurion supported the 1947 United international locations Partition Plan for Palestine, notwithstanding it intended surrendering a two-thousand-year-old dream of Jewish cost within the whole land of Israel. He granted the Orthodox their first exemptions from army carrier regardless of his personal deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany within the aftermath of the Holocaust, figuring out that Israel would wish as many powerful alliances as attainable in the eu community.

A protégé of Ben-Gurion and himself a mythical determine at the overseas political degree, Shimon Peres brings to his account of Ben-Gurion’s lifestyles and towering achievements the profound perception of a statesman who stocks Ben-Gurion’s dream of a latest, democratic Jewish geographical region that lives in peace and defense along its Arab friends. In Ben-Gurion, Peres sees a overlooked version of management that Israel and the area desperately want within the twenty-first century.

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Since the largest part of Iraqi oil came from the Kirkuk area in the north, it was vital that a government in Damascus was tied to Baghdad by a treaty, ensuring co-operation in oil-transit to the Mediterranean. Also, although the Pact’s proclaimed aim was to contain Soviet influence in the Middle East, the logical outcome of Syria’s entrance would be curtailment of the growing domestic communist movement in the country—a much desired outcome from Nuri al-Sa’id’s standpoint. Some in Baghdad, particularly in the Iraqi military, also assumed that Damascus' participation in the Pact would deter Israel from initiating hostility against Syria.

It was he who took the lead among Arab producers in pumping money into Syria's war-ravaged economy (1990: 263). It is, however, misleading to conclude from such an observation that the exceptionally high degree of amicability in Syrian-Saudi relations between 1970 and 1975 was attributable solely, or even primarily, to the closeness of personalities at the leadership level—a relationship which itself had been transformed only in the last years from suspicion to confidence. More accurately, King Faisal reigned in an environment which was conducive to cultivating Syrian-Saudi reconciliation, and his assertive leadership at best served to maximise the opportunity for it.

Just as the Hashemites' British connection hindered them from controlling Syria, the US connection became a major liability for the Saudis in their 'struggle for Syria'. In 1954, Syria returned to the pre-Shishakli multi-party political system, but this time the leftist parties—the Ba'th Party under the leadership of Michel ‘Aflaq, Salah al-Din Bitar and Akram al-Hourani and the Communist Party of Khalid Bakdash—began to challenge the monopoly of political power by the traditional upper class. In September 1954 a general election was held and the Ba'th advanced its position at the expense of the People's Party's retreat.

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