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Tragedy of Victory

Jews all over the world were euphoric after the Six Day War -- except for perhaps one man; Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. A world-renowned American Jewish scholar, Arthur Hertzberg, was present at a speech Ben Gurion gave just following the war, and wrote The Tragedy of Victory:

The Ben-Gurion who walked into the meeting had about him the air of a prophet who had walked out of his tent to die, but had paused on this last journey to tell us truths which the less farsighted could not see and which only a man possessed by the spirit would dare tell. He warned his listeners against the euphoria that had swept the Jewish world in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Ben-Gurion insisted that all of the territories that had been captured had to be given back, very quickly, for holding on to them would distort, and might ultimately destroy, the Jewish state.

Last updated: Januray-2005