The World: The Death of a Realist and Visionary

The lustiest cheers at the vast military parade marking Israel's 25th anniversary in Jerusalem last May were neither for tanks and paratroopers passing the reviewing stand nor Phantoms whooshing overhead. Instead, the crowds cheered loudest for a slight, aging, white-thatched man being helped to a seat of honor among the dignitaries. He was David Ben-Gurion, Israel's longtime leader, first Prime Minister and, in a sense, its George Washington. Out of the Prime Minister's office for ten years and in complete retirement for three, Ben-Gurion, in that appearance, gave Israelis a fitting chance to...

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