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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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The Struggle over the Sharett Line

The Struggle over the Sharett Line

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(p.841) 27 The Struggle over the Sharett Line
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0028

The establishment of the second Ben–Gurion government in November 1955 marked a new phase in Israel's internal politics, but the direction of its foreign policy was still an open question. The main issue facing Ben–Gurion, Sharett, and their colleagues in this sphere at this time was whether to rely on Dulles's ambiguous hints that America would sell arms to Israel and enter into a security pact with the Jewish state, or whether to prepare for a pre-emptive war against the Arabs. Sharett's own preference was crystal clear: he opposed any ‘war of choice’, preaching caution and patience with regard to the USA, together with increasing arms purchases from France in line with the promises given to him by Edgar Faure.

Keywords:   Sharett, foreign policy, France, arms purchases, Edgar Faure, Dulles, war of choice

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