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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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‘Fear and [Political] Greed’

‘Fear and [Political] Greed’

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(p.942) 31 ‘Fear and [Political] Greed’
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0032

When the Mishap initially re-emerged in 1960, it was regarded as a series of unrelated and relatively harmless political incidents in which Pinhas Lavon sought political rehabilitation for his alleged responsibility for the activation of the Israeli agents in Egypt in 1954 and his subsequent sacking from the government. But before long, the affair gathered tremendous momentum and gained a life of its own. In Lavon's quest for rehabilitation he threatened again to raise the Mishap in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, and it came up in a meeting between Ben–Gurion and Lavon on 26 September 1960. Sharett was already implicated during this meeting, for Lavon accused Ben–Gurion of following in Sharett's footsteps by denying him access to evidence that might be used against him and prevent his rehabilitation. Once this accusation had been made, there was no way of preventing the affair from exploding, especially since it gained wide coverage in Israeli and later also in world media.

Keywords:   Israeli politics, political rehabilitation, Sharett, Lavon, the Mishap, world media

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