A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 11, 1957

WHEN Premier Ben-Gurion appeared on TIME'S cover on Aug. 16, 1948, it was as the head of the newly created state of Israel, victorious in battle over the Arab armies but facing all the uncertainties of a predictably difficult future. On Jan. 16, 1956 Ben-Gurion was on TIME'S cover again, back from a brief retirement to lead his nation at another moment of crisis, "a headlong man in a hurry," "a prophet who packs a pistol." This week, as David Ben-Gurion stood at the center of the diplomatic negotiations over the Middle East, he gave a TIME correspondent his own story...

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