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David Ben-Gurion

Preceding the Suez Crisis, a historic letter calling for Israeli self-defense in the face of U.N. inaction

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Preceding the Suez Crisis, a historic letter calling for Israeli self-defense in the face of U.N. inaction

TLS in Hebrew, one page, 5.75 x 7.5, April 27, 1956. Important letter in which Ben-Gurion, as prime minister of Israel, states that Israel cannot rely on the United Nations and must act to protect itself from Arab terrorism. In full (translated): "We have requested for many weeks for U.N. representatives to take real steps to have the Arab countries end infiltrations and murderous attacks on our peaceful citizens. I do not blame U.N. representatives with ill will, however, their inability to force our neighbors to stop bloodshed has surfaced. We do not have any alternatives but to act ourselves for self-protection, it is our natural right and a duty of the State to its citizenry." Impressively matted and beautifully framed with three descriptive plaques and a photo to an overall size of 33.5 x 23.5. In fine condition.

On March 20, 1956, the United States requested a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to consider 'the Palestine question: the status of compliance given to the General Armistice Agreements and the resolutions of the Security Council adopted during the past year.' On March 21, the United States submitted a draft resolution that proposed initiatives for the U.N. to undertake in quelling tensions between Israel and her Arab neighbors. Nevertheless, Egypt continued to interfere with Israeli shipping and nationalized the Suez Canal at the end of July. At the end of October, Israel responded with an invasion, occupying the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula. The U.N. ultimately stepped in to end the fighting by arranging for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Egyptian territory.

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  • Auction Title: August
  • Dates: #527 - Ended May 09, 2018

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