Moshe Dayan’s plans to provoke the Arabs

excerpt from a 26 May 1955 entry in Moshe Sharett’s, the second Prime Minister of Israel’s personal diary, which recounts his impressions of Moshe Dayan’s plans to provoke the Arabs to respond by first attacking them, then stealing their land when they sought to defend themselves,

“The conclusions from Dayan’s words are clear: This State has no international obligations, no economic problems, the question of peace is nonexistent. . . . It must calculate its steps narrow-mindedly and live on its sword. It must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no–it must–invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge. . . . And above all–let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space. (Such a slip of the tongue: Ben Gurion himself said that it would be worth while to pay an Arab a million pounds to start a war.) (26 May 1955, 1021)”– L. Rokach, Israel’s Sacred Terrorism, Third Edition, AAUG Press, Belmont Massachusetts, p. 41.


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