These diaries cover the crucial and turbulent period 1953-1957, preceding and immediately after the Tripartite invasion of Egypt by Britain, France, and Israel in October 1956. Sharett was in constant disagreement on foreign and military policy with the paramount Zionist leader and first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion. Because Sharett confided to his diaries his innermost thoughts and misgivings about Ben Gurion, this work affords unparalleled insights into Israeli decision-making and personalities. Ahmed Khalifeh’s superb translation is directly from the Hebrew text which was published by Sharett’s son in 1978.
About the Author(s):
Moshe SHARETT (1894-1965) was head of the Political Department in the Jewish Agency (1933-1948), first foreign minister of Israel (1948-1956), and second prime minister (1954-1956).
Ahmad KHALIFEH is a senior research fellow in Hebrew at the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) Beirut office and managing editor of Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyah.
Sabri JIRYIS, born in 1938 in the Christian Arab town of Fassuta, is an Arab Israeli writer and lawyer, a graduate of the Hebrew University law faculty, and prominent Palestinian activist. In 1966 the first edition of his book The Arabs in Israel was published in Hebrew.