Ben-Gurion: A Political Life (Jewish Encounters) by Shimon Peres & David Landau

Ben-Gurion: A Political Life (Jewish Encounters) by Shimon Peres & David Landau

Author:Shimon Peres & David Landau [Peres, Shimon]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9780307906892
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: 2011-10-24T16:00:00+00:00

He put the issue to the vote: Declare the state in two days’ time as planned, or wait? By a vote of six to four the ministers of the Provisional Government decided to go ahead. They then turned their attention to a draft of the declaration that had been prepared. It referred to the borders “as laid down in the United Nations resolution.” The future justice minister, Pinhas Rosen, said there could be no declaration of statehood without defining the borders of the state. But Ben-Gurion demurred. “The American Declaration of Independence contains no mention of territorial boundaries,” he observed.

Nothing obligates us to mention them … We should say nothing about them because we don’t know what they will be. They are preparing to make war on us. If we defeat them and capture western Galilee or territory on both sides of the road to Jerusalem, those areas will become part of the State. Why should we obligate ourselves to accept boundaries that the Arabs don’t accept in any case?


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