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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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‘A People that Does not Dwell Alone’

‘A People that Does not Dwell Alone’

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(p.615) 20 ‘A People that Does not Dwell Alone’
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0021

Deterioration of security on Israeli borders, reparations from Germany, and the retreat from non-alignment were the three major issues confronting Sharett and his colleagues at the beginning of 1952. Sharett's primary readiness and justification for gradually abandoning the non-aligned orientation, which he had shaped and defended so far, was the urgent need for American economic and military aid, for he was convinced that the USA would not otherwise extend that aid in view of its two current afflictions: ‘a psychological malaise — hatred of Communism — one can say, a physical one — arming itself and practically preparing itself for war’. Nevertheless, Sharett still insisted that Israel must steer a cautious path between the avoidance of any commitment and a too evident pledge to either the Eastern or the Western bloc. As usual, his goal was that the Israeli government should adopt one of the ambiguous formulas that he and other Israeli leaders were so accustomed to and inclined to adopt: ‘achieving maximum aid with minimum commitment’.

Keywords:   Sharett, Eastern Bloc, Western Bloc, Communism, security, reparations

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