"I cannot continue," wrote 67-year-old Premier David Ben-Gurion last week. "I cannot bear up any more against the mental strain that I suffer in the government . . . For six years I have been working in a state of high tension . . . Mine is no ordinary tiredness." The Mapai Party's central committee heard his letter read in silence, then his comrades begged him to reconsider. But B-G sat still and unmoving. A woman rose; she had lost two sons in the war to establish Israel. "If I gave my sons...

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