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A State at Any Cost Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free And failures Segev's probing account reveals for the first time Ben Gurion's secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel's independence his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbors his relative indifference to the status of Jerusalem and Israel's nuclear program and his occasional nutty moments from UFO sightings to a plan for Israel to acuire territory in South America Segev also shows that Ben Gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acuaintance and reveals Ben Gurion's tempestuous private life. started off nice and spritely but by chapter 15 I started drowning in Zionism at the beginning of chapter 19 the idea of 60% of the book is yet to be concurred seems unattainable What I have read in this book gave a great idea of the main characters who eventually were credit with creation of the state of Israel We have an important task before us We have met here to lay the foundation stone of the house that will some day shelter the Jewish people We have to aim at securing legal international guarantees for our work Theodor Herzl Capital Defense yet to be concurred seems unattainable What I have read in this book gave a great idea of the main characters who eventually were credit with creation of the state of Israel We have an important task before us We have met here to lay the foundation stone of the house that will some day shelter the Jewish people We have to aim at securing legal international guarantees for our work Theodor Herzl

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A State at Any Cost Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Including the testimony of four longtime loversMany admired Ben Gurion in his day and many now miss his vision and inspiration his boldness and integrity Others have vilified him as an aggressive divisive dour and often capricious politician But only a few have really grasped the most intimate and guarded aspects of his complex character the man behind the myth As in his seven previous books on Israel and the Holocaust which have been translated into fourteen languages Segev again offers a vibrant page turner with unexpected discoveries and original insight. Three to four years ago the Middle East was big in the news It still is always is was and will be but in my budding southern Virginia based world consciousness there was a local maximum of fervor What struck me was how little the bombings and rabble rousing rhetoric affected me Syria Jordan Saudi Arabia all a blob of war somewhere east of Germany and west of India Each one blurry and inextricable from the others Arabs I d call them if I had to call them something though like the term Jew I wasn t sure if it was a slur or notSo I decided I wanted to go to Israel Not for the food God no I couldn t stand hummus or falafel Not for the religion at this point I d yet to start reading the Bible Not for the geography either after visiting Moab it was hard to imagine Israel holding a candle the majesty of the Great American Desert It was just to understand the area better so I could care about the newsOf course this motivation crumbled uickly I started reading the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the movement of young American liberals to uestion our implicit pro Israel stance I cracked open Genesis and then skipped to Mark Researching tours you come across mountain hikes ancient cathedrals and of course the Old City cause how damn cool is that place Tel Aviv is of course the go to tourist attraction although Eilat seems to be shouldering its way in but to be honest that was maybe the least exciting stop for me since it seemed to be only a lovechild of DC and San FranciscoMore importantly than all of that was Jonathan Foer s Here I Am That book s presentation of the Israeli Jew s machismo versus the American Jew s guilt for not representing the reclaimed homeland was something else It s hard not to fall in love with the intellectualism and self hate of the American Jew with the internal compass permanently set on Jerusalem and the eyes bashfully averted Foer s book alongside other Israeli works of fiction exemplified the Jewish identity better than any history book or news article could have And that made me excitedIt s not worth it to linger on the trip here I ve taken notes in my diary and translated it into fiction of my own a dozen times already but suffice to say the traditional Shabbat dinner threw the gender roles blatantly into my face the Arabs barring Jews from visiting the Foundation Stone twisted my heart the omnipresence of armed guards and landmine warnings along hiking trails reminded me of the constant fragility of the land s existence For how Western Israel is it was undeniably foreignAnd so when I read an article on Tom Segev s A State at Any Cost I pulled the trigger immediately and bought it The book itself is written masterfully and although the names and areas mentioned that would be immediately recognizable to any Jew are lost on me Segev keeps the action coming and reintroduces the roles of characters as needed so I m not lost in a sea of names The political analysis is what really drew me in For example Ben Gurion s reluctance to annex the Gaza Strip not because of the military cost but because of the influx of Arabs into the democracy and the resulting diminishment of the Jewish majority Or just the strangeness of Ben Gurion s leadership Him disappearing for weeks at a time during some of the country s most vital moments only to be caught up in the London Blitz and growing infatuated with the English mentality of resilience The constant racism not only to the Arabs but to the wrong kind of Jews a label that wasn t limited to but mostly included the Holocaust survivors Segev averts the need to tell a story chronologically and skips around with the timeline to tell anecdotes thematically Again and again Ben Gurion is thrown back into retirement at the Sde Boker kibbutz only for a rotating cast of government officials to attempt to lure him out for one reason or another Because there was no singular reason that brought Ben Gurion back into government a final time and there s no need to linger on how it was a combination of things so often authors get caught up on this It was no one thing but a host of reasons and this is an original and uniue thought because Segev skips over this bilge and uses each discrete reason as necessary to tell the story It makes for a much engaging readStill it was hard to get too emotionally involved in the book since as a young liberal I couldn t bring myself to fully support Israel even though it s the hero of the book Many of the values and cultural expectations were foreign to me as well Part of that s my Western perspective another people s history can t strike me the same was as Washington resigning as general or Frederick Douglass meeting Abraham Lincoln But then I kept thinking about Israeli politics I d read an article in the news about Black reparations and my mind instantly went to Germany and Israel Or Israel and the Arab refugees My frame of mind was skewed to look at Israel as a comparison because Segev illustrated their struggle so well and so articulately that I understand not only the decisions made by the government at various stages but the reasons arguments and lingering bitterness over each actionOne last thought the genre of autobiography is if it s a good piece of work obligated to end on a high note A powerful author s life and thus book can t end on detailing mental decline or political failure unless you have a truly exceptional individual The mental degeneration and frantic policymaking that scarred the end of Ben Gurion s career can only be captured by a third party and Segev capitalized on this literary advantage gorgeously The PH Scale years ago the Middle East was big in the news It still is always is was and will be but in my budding southern Virginia based world consciousness there was a local maximum of fervor What struck me was how little the bombings and rabble rousing rhetoric affected me Syria Jordan Saudi Arabia all a blob of war somewhere east of Germany and west of India Each one blurry and inextricable from the others Arabs I d call them if I had to call them something though like the term Jew I wasn t sure if it was a slur or notSo I decided I wanted to go to Israel Not for the food God no I couldn t stand hummus or falafel Not for the religion at this point I d The PH Scale yet to start reading the Bible Not for the geography either after visiting Moab it was hard to imagine Israel holding a candle the majesty of the Great American Desert It was just to understand the area better so I could care about the newsOf course this motivation crumbled uickly I started reading the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the movement of Cavanaugh’s Island young American liberals to uestion our implicit pro Israel stance I cracked open Genesis and then skipped to Mark Researching tours Consecuencias Econaomicas you come across mountain hikes ancient cathedrals and of course the Old City cause how damn cool is that place Tel Aviv is of course the go to tourist attraction although Eilat seems to be shouldering its way in but to be honest that was maybe the least exciting stop for me since it seemed to be only a lovechild of DC and San FranciscoMore importantly than all of that was Jonathan Foer s Here I Am That book s presentation of the Israeli Jew s machismo versus the American Jew s guilt for not representing the reclaimed homeland was something else It s hard not to fall in love with the intellectualism and self hate of the American Jew with the internal compass permanently set on Jerusalem and the eyes bashfully averted Foer s book alongside other Israeli works of fiction exemplified the Jewish identity better than any history book or news article could have And that made me excitedIt s not worth it to linger on the trip here I ve taken notes in my diary and translated it into fiction of my own a dozen times already but suffice to say the traditional Shabbat dinner threw the gender roles blatantly into my face the Arabs barring Jews from visiting the Foundation Stone twisted my heart the omnipresence of armed guards and landmine warnings along hiking trails reminded me of the constant fragility of the land s existence For how Western Israel is it was undeniably foreignAnd so when I read an article on Tom Segev s A State at Any Cost I pulled the trigger immediately and bought it The book itself is written masterfully and although the names and areas mentioned that would be immediately recognizable to any Jew are lost on me Segev keeps the action coming and reintroduces the roles of characters as needed so I m not lost in a sea of names The political analysis is what really drew me in For example Ben Gurion s reluctance to annex the Gaza Strip not because of the military cost but because of the influx of Arabs into the democracy and the resulting diminishment of the Jewish majority Or just the strangeness of Ben Gurion s leadership Him disappearing for weeks at a time during some of the country s most vital moments only to be caught up in the London Blitz and growing infatuated with the English mentality of resilience The constant racism not only to the Arabs but to the wrong kind of Jews a label that wasn t limited to but mostly included the Holocaust survivors Segev averts the need to tell a story chronologically and skips around with the timeline to tell anecdotes thematically Again and again Ben Gurion is thrown back into retirement at the Sde Boker kibbutz only for a rotating cast of government officials to attempt to lure him out for one reason or another Because there was no singular reason that brought Ben Gurion back into government a final time and there s no need to linger on how it was a combination of things so often authors get caught up on this It was no one thing but a host of reasons and this is an original and uniue thought because Segev skips over this bilge and uses each discrete reason as necessary to tell the story It makes for a much engaging readStill it was hard to get too emotionally involved in the book since as a Bingo young liberal I couldn t bring myself to fully support Israel even though it s the hero of the book Many of the values and cultural expectations were foreign to me as well Part of that s my Western perspective another people s history can t strike me the same was as Washington resigning as general or Frederick Douglass meeting Abraham Lincoln But then I kept thinking about Israeli politics I d read an article in the news about Black reparations and my mind instantly went to Germany and Israel Or Israel and the Arab refugees My frame of mind was skewed to look at Israel as a comparison because Segev illustrated their struggle so well and so articulately that I understand not only the decisions made by the government at various stages but the reasons arguments and lingering bitterness over each actionOne last thought the genre of autobiography is if it s a good piece of work obligated to end on a high note A powerful author s life and thus book can t end on detailing mental decline or political failure unless The Advent of Christmas you have a truly exceptional individual The mental degeneration and frantic policymaking that scarred the end of Ben Gurion s career can only be captured by a third party and Segev capitalized on this literary advantage gorgeously

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A State at Any Cost Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free The definitive and newsworthy biography of Israel's founder and longest serving prime ministerWhen Tom Segev's biography of David Ben Gurion was published in Israel in early 2018 it was a major event making headlines and earning worldwide coverage in The New York Times and elsewhere The culmination of a lifetime's work Segev's book casts the history of Israel and its founder in a bracing new light Using large amounts of previously unrevealed archival material Segev demonstrates Ben Gurion's power skills and achievements as well as his limitations weaknesses. David Ben Gurion was born in 1886 in Poland and died in 1971 in Israel His activity as a Zionist began in his teenage years and continued without interruption for the rest of his life He is rightfully called the father of Israel the establishment and development of which was his first concern at all times Tom Segev s account is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the 20th century and the contested area of PalestineIsraelA man without a sense of humor Ben Gurion was driven to place himself in a leadership position Though married he would leave his wife Paula and their children for long periods of time as he traveled both within Palestine and to other countries promoting the cause by attempting to unite factions or influence foreigners to aid the effort He spent time on a kibbutz a commune in Palestine both as a young man and finally in retirement Above all he provided a sense of direction toward the goal of a Jewish state established in Palestine through the immigration of Jews to the point where they would be a majority over the Arabs who were living thereBen Gurion had peculiarities one of which was continually announcing when things reached a bind that he was stepping down from this or that leadership position fully expecting and almost always receiving pleas to remain with the bind relaxed in his favor He comes across as reasonable in most cases but had rivals such as Ezer Weizman that he was continually trying to side track He could rail at those who opposed his plans such as Menachem Begin and did not hesitate to use military force to have his wayBen Gurion did not fear combat but failed to see it in WW1 when he raised a Jewish force to fight for the Ottoman Empire being expelled from Palestine by the Turks Despite his lack of any officer training he ended up being the effective commander in chief he became both prime minister and defense minister for Israel in the fight for independence against the Arabs in 1948 and remained so into the 1960 s Because Jews were a small minority in Palestine as the 20th century opened the task of raising the number to exceed the Arab population was daunting Pogroms in Russia brought some refugees and further waves of Jewish immigrants gradually brought their population up but the relatively primitive living conditions in Palestine and the difficulty of making a good living there resulted in a good percentage of those who had arrived ultimately leavingThe closing of America the first choice by far for Jewish immigrants from Europe to immigration in the 1920 s made it easier to attract them to Palestine but it was the Holocaust that in the end provided the numbers needed to create a Jewish majority even if in only a segment of Palestine Ben Gurion was a pragmatist and was not put off by partitioning into Arab and Jewish sectors convinced that Israel could expand over time as has been the case to dateBeing European and seeing the settlement of Jews in Palestine as an extension of European culture he hoped that European Jews the Ashkenazim would make up the bulk of the population for the new state then watched helplessly as the Holocaust literally eliminated that group of millions of potential citizens It was this loss of so many possible immigrants rather than the millions of personal tragedies at Hitler s hands that bothered him mostNot a socialite Ben Gurion had few close friends His moments of relaxation were usually spent in reading rather than conversation but he was always open to people who wanted to meet with him and tried his best to respond to written correspondenceWhen Israel was declared a state in 1948 he despaired that so many who came were Mizrahim Jews expelled from Arab countries in retaliation for Israel s expulsion of Arabs The Mizrahim did not possess the European cultivation and expertise that he felt was necessary for the survival of the new country and he was never sure of that survival At the bottom in his eyes were the Arabs a people of lesser intelligence who needed to be forced to leave if they could not be encouraged to do so This has been a problem ever sinceBen Gurion s story contains the many conceptions of the Jewish state held at various times by Zionists expanded and in some cases contracted by war The most extensive visions went so far as to include parts of what is now Saudi Arabia extending even to the oil fields on the Persian Gulf that have brought so much wealth to the Saudis To the west not just the West Bank of the Jordan river but Jordan itself have been thought to be a rightful part of Israel in a kind of miniature replication of the dream that played out in full for Anglo Americans as they easily swept natives from the land Israel from the start has deliberately never declared official borders but the large Arab population has stymied expansion plans beyond the relentless but gradual evictions of Palestinian Arabs from the West BankThe irony of Zionism under Ben Gurion s leadership is the way it parallels what Hitler had in mind ridding a land of people that the ones doing the expelling believe have had no right at all to be there Jews in Europe were and the Arabs in what was Palestine were and are eually innocent and undeserving of eviction It should be remembered that Zionist plans to re locate Arabs preceded the Second World War involving payments to absentee landlords to purchase land after which the Arabs working the land would be told to leave Ben Gurion also considered mass Arab re location by paying Jordan to take Palestinian Arabs with or without their consentThis is a reason that the title of this book A State at Any Cost is appropriate Ben Gurion is understandably seen as heroic by Israeli Jews because he had a vision of nothing other than a state for one people It was of no importance to him what happened to the Arabs other than that they leaveNot religious in common with many Jews of his generation who immigrated to Palestine he did not regularly attend services He had no use for ultra orthodox Jews which he referred to as blacks though he was able to work with them politically making concessions to them involving Israeli cultural life This is significant because the ultra orthodox who lived in Jerusalem at the turn of the 20th century were anti Zionist and some remain so today The final chapter of this book titled Another Kind of Jew is a penetrating look at what it means to call oneself a Jew and how Ben Gurion fit into the pictureTom Segev is an outstanding writer This book is a model of clarity He is Israeli and the book was originally published in Hebrew


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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [A State at Any Cost] AUTHOR Tom Segev David Ben Gurion was born in 1886 in Poland and died in 1971 in Israel His activity as a Zionist began in his teenage years and continued without interruption for the rest of his life He is rightfully called the father of Israel the establishment and development of which was his first concern at all times Tom Segev's account is a m

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    Tom Segev Î 5 review Read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Tom Segev Read A State at Any Cost Tom Segev is a leading Israeli historian and this is a meticulously researched thorough and cogent if perhaps controversial biography of David Ben Gurion Segev is associated with the revisionist or “new” historians who often challenge Israel’s founding narratives Whether this has coloured his account I am in no position to judge but as an accessible and well written work the book has much to recommend

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  • A State at Any Cost
  • Tom Segev
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  • 24 January 2020
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