ISRAEL: Death of a Friend

Colonel Nehemia Argov, 43, was Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's shadow. He was the only military aide the old man ever had—a gentle, universally loved man who himself loved only his chief. Unmarried, he lived only for Ben-Gurion, issued orders in his name that Cabinet officers accepted unquestioningly. "There are only two people who matter in the state—Ben-Gurion and me," he said, not in arrogance, but in devotion so great that it amounted to identification. One day last fortnight, as he drove into Jerusalem, a wasp flew in the window of Argov's car and stung him on the eyelid. Argov...

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