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

By Ariel Feldestein

In line with archival fabric, this fascinating ebook examines David Ben-Gurion’s effect at the courting among the nation 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 used to be mostly instrumental in forming Israel’s guidelines during the first 20 years of the country’s life and, as a result of his place, character and status, he used to be in a position to impact 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, with a purpose to comprehend their dependency and to focus on their importance within the phrases Diaspora and exile, the centrality of the nation of Israel, and the position performed by way of the Jews of the USA. As such this may be of significant curiosity to students of center East reviews, Jewish experiences, and ethnicity and nationalism.

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In light of this view, Sharett proposed that the Zionist Organization should be regarded as the main organization, but opposed working only through it. qxd 25/7/06 13:11 Page 33 The way to the “State of Israel Bonds” campaign 33 Abba Eban, then Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, agreed with Sharett that the State of Israel, assisted by its representatives abroad, needed to initiate educational, informational, and artistic projects in American Jewish circles. Eliyahu Dobkin declared that the main objective was to educate and prepare part of American Jewry for immigration during the coming decade.

5 At this meeting there was also a proposal to set up a Coordination Board— comprising delegates from among those present at the current meeting and the Jewish Agency Executive—to act in the fields of immigration, absorption, and settlement. The proposal was brought before the Israeli government and received a mixed reaction. Those in support of it claimed that the state needed to cooperate with the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, since it was unable to fill all the roles by itself.

In the course of the visit, which took place in April 1949,42 the guests and BenGurion had a number of meetings at which they discussed various subjects, mainly the nature of the relationship between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry, and economic aid to Israel. qxd 21/8/06 24 8:01 PM Page 24 Establishing and consolidating the State, 1948–1953 between their fate and that of German Jewry. Relying on prophesies of disaster as an incentive to immigration, he warned, caused bitterness in Zionist as well as non-Zionist circles.

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