Born within four years of each other, David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein emerged out of the same political womb to forge Israel and Jordan in battle. Both nations should be grateful.
And helped organize one of the war’s worst massacres.
Ever? Judea? Zion?
From Ben-Gurion vs. Weizmann to Rabin vs. Peres.
Ancient Jewish history, with which he was well acquainted, showed what could happen in the absence of a central military command. He made sure it wouldn’t happen again.
If the Jews could hang on through the tough early months, he thought, they would grow considerably stronger while their opponents might well become weaker. And so it proved to be.
The pre-state militia had actually prepared well for the outbreak of war in 1948. But its commanders generally hailed from rival political parties to Ben-Gurion’s.
On the eve of Israel’s statehood in 1948, with the massed forces of five Arab nations threatening invasion, David Ben-Gurion picked a fight with his own army. Why?
Throughout his life, he remained a friend of Israel.
Israel’s first prime minister was no enthusiast of ethnic cleansing.
Helping to memorialize the Shoah and to protect survivors.