The Prime Ministers Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010
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"... a gripping, intimate, intricately detailed and fast-paced account of Israeli politics at the highest levels...a front-row seat to the drama of Israeli statecraft in moments of crisis and triumph, tragedy and joy. I couldn't put it down." -- Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal
"...one of the most remarkable accounts we are ever likely to get of how Israel has been governed over the decades...All of it is here...the intellectual arguments made and those that were not marshaled; the decisions taken and those that were ducked...the ultimate insider's account." -- David Horovitz, The Jerusalem Post
"It is extremely rare that a skilled diplomat is placed at the pinnacle of power across several Israeli governments and can truly deliver an insider's perspective with such skill and clarity...
a must-read for anyone seeking to understand Israel." -- Dore Gold, Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN
"...the rare kind of history which comes alive for any reader, and will stay with them long after they finish the book."
-- Samuel Lewis, Former US Ambassador to Israel
About the Author
Yehuda Avner served as adviser and English speechwriter to Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol. He is a former Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia, and served in diplomatic positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Ambassador Avner was born in Manchester, England. He has lived in Israel since 1947.
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This is a lengthy book, some 700 pages, and yet you finish it wanting more. Very few punches are pulled as Avner presents the four Prime Ministers he served as human beings with human frailties and needs and not merely the caricatures presented by the Press over the years covered by his book. Indeed, of the four - Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir,Yitzak Rabin and Menachem Begin - it is Begin for whom he has a special regard, respect and fondness. He provides a rare insight of a man driven by a feeling of a religious destiny and one who is usually reviled by the world's press.
It is an immensely readable book.
The book opens with a glamorous and justificatory account of Begin's dangerous underground career as leader of the Irgun. Avner (born Haffner in Manchester) was a religious Zionist and already a supporter as a schoolboy. In November 1947, aged 19, he went to Palestine. He took part in the war of 1948, then worked to clear the land for a kibbutz. His account of these years is mainly autobiographical, but Begin again figures extensively (far more than does Prime Minister Ben Gurion), though Avner did not at that time know Begin personally. In 1959 he joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and in 1963, at the age of 34, he was appointed speech-writer for Premier Levi Eshkol.
So now, just over 100 pages into the 700 page book, he starts on his intimate involvement with the Prime Ministers of its title. He sees them dealing with the great events of the time, from the Six Day War in 1967 to Begin's resignation in October 1983, just three months after Avner left his personal staff to become ambassador in London.Read more ›
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still reading it and loving it, will prob give it 5 stars when i have finished it. its very informative but easy to read. Very well written.Published 5 months ago by Deborah Markham
Outstandingly interesting book which gives a well-written insight into how governments work from a fly-on-the-wall perspective. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julius Nehorai
Amazing book. Gripping from the first page.
The history of this tiny emerging country is inevitably linked to the story of the men and women who made it happen.
Great book! Very interesting for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes in Israeli politics.Published 17 months ago by joshua fox
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