My Struggle for Peace: The Diary of Moshe Sharett, 1953-1956

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Neil Caplan, Yaakov Sharett
Indiana University Press, Mar 19, 2019 - 696 pages

My Struggle for Peace is a remarkable political document offering insights into the complex workings of the young Israeli political system, set against the backdrop of the disintegration of the country's fragile armistice with the Arab states. Replete with the diarist's candid comments on Israel's first generation leaders and world statesmen of the day, the diary also tells the dramatic human story of a political career cut short--the removal of an unusually sensitive, dedicated, and talented public servant. My Struggle for Peace is, above all, an intimate record of the decline of Moshe Sharett's moderate approach and the rise of more "activist-militant" trends in Israeli society, culminating in the Suez/Sinai war of 1956. The diary challenges the popular narrative that Israel's confrontation with its neighbors was unavoidable by offering daily evidence of Sharett's statesmanship, moderation, diplomacy, and concern for Israel's place in international affairs.

This is the third volume in the long-awaited 3-volume English abridgement of Sharett's Yoman Ishi [Personal diary] (Ma'ariv, 1978) maintains the integrity, flavor, and impact of the 8-volume Hebrew original and includes additional documentary material that was not accessible at the time. The volumes are also available to purchase as a set or individually.

3-volume set (1953-1956): http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809721

Volume 1 (1953-1954): http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809283

Volume 2 (1955): http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809455

 

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Contents

January 1 1956 December 9 1956
1215
The Premature End of a Political Career
1850
Excerpts from a lecture given by Moshe Sharett at the Mapai Partys Beit Berl October 2 1957 ...
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List of Sources
1872
List of WebDocs
1884
Names Index
1889
Subject Index
1911
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Moshe Sharett (1894-1965) was Israel's first Foreign Minister (1948-1956) and its second Prime Minister (1954-1955).

Neil Caplan is author of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories and of Futile Diplomacy, a 4-volume documentary history of Arab-Israeli negotiations. He is author (with Laura Zittrain Eisenberg) of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities.

Yaakov Sharett is a retired diplomat, journalist, editor, and translator in Tel Aviv. He is Director of the Moshe Sharett Heritage Society and chief editor of a dozen volumes of his father's letters, papers and speeches, including the original diary published in 1978.

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