Award winning Israeli journalist and historian Shabtai Teveth has written a remarkable 1024-page biography of the main founder and first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion . The work, which was published in 1987 and is entitled “Ben-Gurion: The Burning Ground, 1886-1948,”  gives a voluminous amount of information from declassified documents in Israeli archives. For Publishers Weekly the essence of the biography is: “Ben-Gurion coolly reckoned human suffering in his calculus of political thought”.
In July 1939 Ben-Gurion wrote in Davar : “Our strength is in the lack of choice.” And in March 1941, writing to Mapai's Central Committee, “We have no power”... All we have is the Jewish people, beaten, persecuted, diminished, impoverished.” He told the Jewish Agency Executive (JAE): "The harsher the affliction, the greater the strength of Zionism.” In June 1941, writing to the Mapai convention: “We have no alternative ... but this too is a fountain of strength, perhaps the main source of our strength.”
Shabtai Teveth seems to place himself in Ben-Gurion’s position with the following rhetorical question:
That is how Shabtai Teveth brings it. The question then is of course: so where is the mystery? At the bottom of page 851, Shabtai Teveth writes, after he has mentioned the Wannsee Conference (January 1942):
Geplaatst door Paul Lookman op 26/10/2012