- Moshe Sharett Letter
with Extraordinary Military Content
- from The Second Prime
Minister to the First, David Ben-Gurion
Moshe. (1894-1965). Second Prime
Minister of Israel. Created Israel's Foreign Service. One of
Ben Gurion's most intimate associates. One of the last 25 signers
of the Israeli Scroll of Independence at the May 14th ceremony.
After Sharett signed his name on the Scroll, Ben-Gurion spoke
up: "The State of Israel is established...!"
- Autograph Letter Signed with initials, two pages, in Hebrew, as Prime
Minister to Defense Minister D.B.G(urion), on embossed official
letterhead, d. March 1, 1955. Sharett writes:
- "First critical comments on yesterdays
operation: 1) I imagine although I am not definitely certain
that the number 10 which I heard from the Chief of Staff, was
a result of extenuating circumstances in the midst of battle.
But we must be made aware of, that in such cases the number translates
in quality, and the number of casualties makes sense in light
of what happened, but may not be what was originally planned.
2) From information received, Egypt will not turn to the (?)
committee but will apply directly to the Security Council. This
means that after a lengthy stoppage, we will once again be put
on trial and our difficult task will be to appear as the underdogs.
I am instructing all embassies in this direction in order to
explain to the various governments. 3) The Israel Defense Forces
explanation that the battle raged because of Egypt's attack on
us, will be denied by the Egyptians towards the United Nations
and the media. And it is possible that this will be proven wrong.
Our Ambassador's insistence on this explanation may cause us
additional difficulty in the Security Council, although we may
not be able to avoid it even though I'm not sure that taking
this under greater consideration would not have prevented us
from avoiding the truth."
- 4) The last part of this letter is most difficult
to have translated but it relates to relations between the U.S.A.
and Israel. An extraordinary letter, certainly the finest content
letter we have seen on the market from the pen of the Second
Prime Minister to David Ben-Gurion during Ben-Gurion's first
retirement and his return (1953-1955). $2,495.00