The Danger of Quoting David Ben-Gurion

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett is advising us to use a quotation of David Ben-Gurion from his testimony before the Peel Commission in late 1936.

The quotation was even used in a letter-to-the-editor by my friend Prof. Jerrold Auerbach in the NY Times back in 1997.

You can find his testimonhy here.  The relevant section includes this:

“More than 3300 years ago, long before the Mayflower, our people left Egypt, and every Jew in the world, wherever he is, knows what day they left. And he knows what food they ate. And we still eat that food every anniversary. And we know who our leader was. And we sit down and tell the story to our children and grandchildren in order to guarantee that it will never be forgotten. And we say our two slogans: ‘Now we may be enslaved, but next year, we’ll be a free people.’ 

“. . . Now we are behind the Soviet Union and their prison. Now, we’re in Germany where Hitler is destroying us. Now we’re scattered throughout the world, but next year, we’ll be in Jerusalem. There’ll come a day that we’ll come home to Zion, to the Land of Israel. That is the nature of the Jewish people.”

However, in January 1937, just before the Commission member left, Ben-Gurion was called back to clarify some points of his and then he said this:

So, Ben-Gurion did not wish to use the term "Jewish State" and the "Holy Places" should not be under our supervision nor should we be responsible for them but rather they be under international control of some sort.

Is that what Bennett would have us adopt as a policy towards the Temple Mount?

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