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PRIME MINISTER DAVID BEN-GURION (ISRAEL) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/03/1961 - HFSID 84753

The Prime Minister signs a typed letter to Moshe Sharett, responding very guardedly to the former Prime Minister's request for his support in investigations of the Lavon Affair, a major Israeli intelligence fiasco.

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DAVID BEN-GURION
The Prime Minister signs a typed letter to Moshe Sharett, responding very guardedly to the former Prime Minister's request for his support in investigations of the Lavon Affair, a major Israeli intelligence fiasco.
TLS: "D. Ben-Gurion" in Hebrew, as Israeli Prime Minister, 1 page, 6½x7¾. No place, 1961 March 3. To Moshe Sharett. In full: "Peace be with you. In my letter to you dated October 13, 1960 I wrote: 'I would not take care of Givat-Chaim's false accusation until the Lavon case will be tried after a well versed and lawful investigation by an Israeli commission.' Since it is not certain that a lawful commission will be created and the 'horror' of a well-versed committee (as you called it at the hearing) has been completed - I am ready to do whatever possible to finish what you called 'Givat-Chaim false accusation', and I shall be glad to receive your opinion: what am I to do about it? I shall do whatever possible from the standpoint of truth, friendship and decency." BEN-GURION was Prime Minister from 1948-1953 and 1955-1963; SHARETT served from 1953-1955. The "Lavon Affair" was a failed intelligence operation launched by Israeli Minister of Defense Pinchas Lavon in 1954 without Prime Minister Sharett's knowledge. Its aim was to strain U.S.-Egyptian relations and it led to Ben-Gurion's return to the government as Minister of Defense. Following the 1955 elections, Sharett yielded the post of Prime Minister but remained Foreign Minister, a post he had held since Israeli independence, until 1956. Lightly creased. Stained. Paperclip impressions at upper left. Folds, vertical fold touches 1 letter of signature.

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