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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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New Missions

New Missions

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(p.922) 30 New Missions
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0031

A new chapter was opened in Sharett's political career, one in which he was constantly asked to undertake missions on behalf of the Jewish state, the Jewish Agency, and Mapai to the Diaspora. Thus as early as May 1957, Sharett and his wife set off on a two-month trip to Australia and New Zealand. From the viewpoint of the dialogue with Jews and Gentiles, Sharett expected this trip to be a relatively easy one, since the governments and the public in both countries were exhibiting unaltered sympathy towards Israel. And since he had agreed to undertake the trip long before the 1956 war, he did not regard it as an abrogation of his decision neither to meddle in the formation of Israel's foreign affairs nor to propagate it. Both his relaxed attitude towards this mission — the first trip by a ranking Israeli politician to these two far-off countries — and the expected warm reception were psychologically the right prescriptions at a time when he felt rejected and neglected. As usual, he vowed to make great efforts to fulfil the high expectations of both his Jewish and Gentile hosts.

Keywords:   Sharett, foreign affairs, diplomatic missions, Israel, Jewish state, Jewish Agency, Diaspora, Mapai, Australia, New Zealand

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