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Ben Gurion

Ben Gurion

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Published by Simon and Schuster A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
For my dear wife, Florence, whose gentle heart and innocent spirit havemade me the happiest author on earth
 Copyright © 1983 by Dan Kurzman All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part inany formPublished by Simon and Schuster A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.Simon & Schuster Building Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, New York 10020SIMON AND SCHUSTERand colophon are registered trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc.Designed by Karolina Harris __Manufactured in the United States of America13579 10 8642 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication DataKurzman, Dan.Ben-Gurion, prophet of fire.Bibliography: p. Includes index.1. Ben-Gurion, David, 1886-1973. 2. Prime ministers — Israel — Biography. 3. Zionists — Palestine — Biography. I. Title.DS125.3.B37K87 1983 956.94'05'0924 [B] 83-12010ISBN 0-671-23094-8
 Acknowledgments 9Preface 1 7Prologue My sout is among lions PSALMS 57:4 19Book I: MOSESChapter One The Vision that I saw by the river EZEKIEL 43:3 43Chapter Two Time thou beginnest to put the sickle to the comDEGTERONOMY 16:9 74Chapter Three / will teach thee in the way which thou shall go PSALMS 32:8100Chapter Four He said, I will certainly return unto thee GENESIS 18:10 114Chapter Five With the voice together shall they sing ISAIAH 52:8 141Chapter Six / will make a covenant of peace with them EZEKIEL 37:26 172Book II: JOSHUA Chapter Seven Who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death?PROVERBS 26:18 209
Chapter Eight Or darkness, that thou canst not see JOB 22:1 1 227Chapter Nine Shall a nation be bom at once? ISAIAH 66:8 258Chapter Ten Thus the Jews smote all their enemies ESTHER 9:5 286Book III: ISAIAHChapter Eleven Then the remnant of his brethren shall returnChapter TwelveChapter ThirteenChapter FourteenChapter FifteenMICAH 5:3 329He shall return to the days of his youth JOB 33:25 363Conspired all of them together NEHEMIAH 4:8 390Because he was righteous in his own eyes JOB 32:1 420The shadows of the evening are stretched out JEREMIAH 6:4 444NotesBibliographyIndex 465 506 529Maps^pages 273, 331Picture sections follow pages 198 and 310
I wish to thank my wife, Florence, for her brilHant collaboration on this book.She edited with great skill, helped rewrite mangled passages, and knewexactly where a metaphor was needed.She also accompanied me to many interviews and helped evaluate much of the information obtained. Her partnership in this venture was indispensable.I am also grateful to Yehiel Kirshbaum, my assistant in Israel, for his tirelessefforts. He translated hundreds of pages from Hebrew and Yiddish withremarkable speed and precision, and he helped enormously with theresearch, digging into mountains of files. He served as an interpreter as welland interviewed a number of people.Others whom I wish to thank include Michael Korda and Robert Bender of Simon and Schuster for their sensitive editing; my agent, Ruth Aley, for hercounsel and encouragement; my brother Cal, who first suggested that I writethis book, promising, as Dean of Learning Resources at the College of Marin,that I would sell at least one copy; Richard Deane Taylor for drawing the

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