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42 Discovering Moshe Sharett Neil Caplan Indiana University Press blog 10/6/2020
40 My Struggle for Peace - a Review Alexander Kaye Middle East Journal 1/5/2020 For many historians Moshe Sharett is portrayed as a character from a tragic romance. His leadership is largely forgotten. These diaries are an affecting monument to one of Israel’s least appreciated leaders.  
43 Review of My Struggle for Peace Itamar Rabinovich Bustan: The Middle East Book Review 1/1/2020 The 1978 publication of the eight-volume personal diary of Moshe Sharett by his son, Yaakov (Kobi) Sharett, was a milestone in the evolution of the historiography of the State of Israel and Israeli-Arab relations.  
41 The Forgotten Prime Minister Ben Fisher Jerusalem Post 16/8/2019 Sharett's diary is a rare peek into halls of power, comical moments of a top statesman  
44 Rise & Fall of Moshe Sharett Yaakov Sharett youtube 11/4/2016 Speech at Azrieli Institute and Friends of Ben Gurion University, Montreal, 11 April 2016  
38 Ben-Gurion in 1951: Only the Death Penalty Would Deter Jews From Gratuitous Killing of Arabs Gidi Weitz Haaretz 1/4/2016 FM Sharett: "It’s a mitzvah to have the death penalty here. As long as we don’t, these murders [of Arabs by Jews] will continue and it will create moral corruption.  
37 How Israel's First Foreign Minister Broke the Silence Ofer Aderet Haaretz 23/1/2016 Moshe Sharett decried troops' vandalizing Christian holy sites in 1949, telling lawmakers that such events could tarnish the fledgling state’s international image. 70 years later, his exact remarks are still classified.  
36 The Road not Taken Yaakov Sharett Jerusalem Post 14/7/2015 Moshe Sharett died twice. He physically left this world 50 years ago on July 7, 1965, but one could say that politically he died much earlier when his formidable rival, prime minister David Ben-Gurion, dismissed him from his Cabinet on June 18, 1956.  
30 This Day in Jewish History David B. Green Haaretz English Edition 15/10/2014
33 Great Opportunities and Grave Dangers: Moshe Sharett’s Finest Hour Yechiam Weitz, 26/11/13 Haaretz 26/11/2013 Sharett’s writings shed light on his Zionism, pragmatism and statism. A leader versed in the small details but feeling the flap of the wings of history: this is the voice of Moshe Sharett in his speeches from the first months of the state of Israel .  
28 Correspondence between Sharett and Nasser Ynet/Israel State Archives Ynet 9/4/2013 In December 1954, Sharett received a surprising missive from Egyptian president Nasser, who was looking for a peaceful solution to the conflict between the two states. Sharett’s response was no less surprising.  
19 Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dove Haim Chertok
29/2/2012 Moshe Sharett was anything but just another Zionist worthy. Among the foremost Zionist figures of his era, he stood third to none.  
9 A Dove Among Hawks Yaakov Sharett Midstream 31/1/2012 This "must read" article is most insightful in explaining the tragedy of Moshe Sharett's conflict with David Ben-Gurion.  
4 Political Wisdom, Moral Pragmatism Binyamin Neuberger
31/1/2012 Moshe Sharett, almost forgotten, was an exalted statesman. He was right on the issue of Germany ; he was right about Israel 's western orientation, and was apparently right in his approach towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. His was the voice of reason and foresight.  
3 Moshe Sharett and the St. James Conference Eli Sha'altiel
31/1/2012 Historian Elie Kedourie asserts that in the late 1930's a new line in British policy was discerned - abandonment of the policy of building a Jewish national homeland and adoption of a pro-Arab attitude. This sharp turn is clearly seen at the 1939 St. James Conference. The value of the political diaries of Moshe Sharett, which describe this important conference, is obvious.  
1 Origins of Israel's Diplomacy Moshe Yegar
31/1/2012 The Foreign Ministry was established on May 14, 1948, but extensive diplomatic activity preceded its official debut. Moshe Sharett was the dominant figure in foreign relations both in the Yishuv and in the new State of Israel.  
6 Letters from Latrun Tom Segev Haaretz 29/4/2011 Moshe Sharett left behind him millions of written words, in diaries, memos, reports, and letters; the book Behind Barbed Wire in the Valley of Ayalon contains letters that Sharett sent from the detention camp in Latrun, where he was held in 1946. These letters are fascinating to read even today.  
29 Oom Shmoom Revisited: Sharett and Ben-Gurion Neil Caplan Paper for AIS Annual Meeting, Toronto 11/5/2010 Israel lives with a paradox - seeking legitimacy from the world community while discounting the world, which Ben Gurion articulated so succinctly “only the daring of the Jews created the state, and not any oom-shmoom resolution.” Sharett commented: “This ‘sweet and respectful’ expression for the U.N. was used time and again by Israel’s greatest statesman.”  
5 Too Much Information? Yossi Goldstein Haaretz 27/5/2009 There is an inverse proportion between the number of volumes of Moshe Sharett's writings published and his brief tenure as premier. Now another volume has been added - A Statesman Assessed.  
8 Gaza Memories Tom Segev Haaretz 2/1/2009 On April 5, 1956, Israel bombed the center of Gaza City . Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett thought it was a "savage and stupid" operation. But Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's policy was to increase tension and escalation, to the brink of war with Egypt. The conflict between the powerful Ben-Gurion and the weak Sharett is among the most dramatic stories in the state's history.  
20 Unpublished Sharett diaries dig deeper into defense minister Lavon Tom Segev Haaretz 23/8/2007 A series of articles by journalist/historian Tom Segev  
34 Hypocrites and Fools in the Reparations Debate Yossi Sarid Haaretz 1/8/2007 Though unlikely to become a bestseller, 'The Reparations Controversy' may be the best means available to learn about the most dramatic, incisive, painful debate ever held in Israel  
32 Late leaders' memorial funds may be cut over 'discrimination' Yossi Melman Haaretz 9/1/2007 An exchange of accusations between the Prime Minister's Office and the Justice Ministry might lead to the closure of the bodies that commemorate some of Israel's prime ministers and presidents.  
31 Will people pay NIS 300 for history? Avi Shilon Haaretz 4/9/2006 Yaakov Sharett is the sole archiver of the heritage of his father – Moshe Sharett. The state, it turns out, doesn't deal in such things.  
13 "Sharettist Option" Revisited Neil Caplan
12 Sinai Campaign Selections from the Diaries Neil Caplan Israel Studies - Vol 7 #1 Spring 2002 1/1/2002 To be uploaded  
21 The Good Soldier Sharett Shimshon Arad Jerusalem Post 3/9/1998 Review of " Shall We Ever Meet Again? Letters of an Ottoman Soldier" . The letters reveal the private facets of the young Moshe Sharett, but also the kernels of the future statesman, one of the most gifted leaders of the pre-state era .  
7 The Alternative That Flickered Yaakov Sharett Those Were the Years 1/1/1998 Moshe Sharett maintained that once the Jewish settlement had become a sovereign state, new rules of existence applied, mainly no more conquering of territory. The main obstacle in the path of Ben-Gurion to a pre-emptive war with Egypt, Sharett was deposed four months before Israel went to war. Sharett wrote in his diary : "My country has left me... It is not up to me to run this country, which seems to be an impossible thing to do without resorting to adventurism and deceit."  
10 Treasure Trove Joshua Justman Jerusalem Post 4/5/1979 Moshe Sharett was driven to writing his diary by the need to find an outlet for a pent-up feeling of frustration rooted in his inability to express his personality fully and independently. This extraordinary diary is a treasure trove for the student of Israel's history and invaluable for the understanding of one of its crucial periods.  
26 Moshe Sharett Memorial Lecture Walter Eytan Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America 22/6/1966 Moshe Sharett regarded himself as the servant of the Jewish people. His great qualities of person, his character, his humanity were universally admired. “From Moshe to Moshe, there was none like Moshe.”  
23 A Colleague's Tribute David HaCohen Jerusalem Post 6/8/1965 I rise to eulogize a dear and glorious comrade and brother. He wrote his life large, through more than five decades marked by talented achievements and noble character.  
22 Moshe Sharett-an Obituary Editorial Comment Jewish Frontier 1/8/1965 One of the foremost Jews of his time.... The Jewish people grieve for a great man.  
2 Moshe Sharett - An Appraisal Abba Eban UJA Conference, NYC 14/12/1957 Introduction by Ambassador Abba Eban to the National Conference of the United Jewish Appeal  
39 Behind the Ben-Gurion-Sharett ‘Controversy’ Uncredited Ma’ariv 11/6/1956 "Ben-Gurion came to feel that Sharett’s resignation from the Foreign Ministry.... would serve as a warning that Israel would not sit idly by in the face of the menacing rearmament of the Arab states."  
35 Warning to the West: Don’t Arm the Arabs Joseph Fromm U.S. News & World Report 17/9/1954 The giving of arms to Arab states which refuse to make peace becomes a premium upon their policy of permanent warfare against Israel . The arms themselves enhance their capacity for mischief. That is certainly not a step in the direction of peace. It is a step away from peace.  
24 A Man of Precision Fern Marja New York Post 7/2/1954 By exchanging BG's bluff brilliance for Sharett's suave diplomacy , Israel has signified it is ready to come of age. The two are symbols of the divergent forces that were leashed together in the creation of the Jewish homeland:  
11 Profile - Moshe Sharett
The Observer 2/3/1952 A contemporary and frank analysis of Moshe Sharett in English eyes.  
27 Political Leader of the Jewish Agency - A Profile Murray Frank
25 Palestine at the Crossroads Ladislas Farago Unnamed book 1/1/1937 "It is not true that we wish to drive out the Arabs... if immigration is now stopped, a dangerous weapon will be placed in the hands of the Arabs. They will see that they need only to throw a few bombs and then all their wishes, no matter how absurd, will be fulfilled."