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David Ben-Gurion
At 90, a former Foreign Service officer looks at Gaza then, and now
At 90, a former Foreign Service officer looks at Gaza then, and now

Almost 60 years ago, I was a young Foreign Service officer, standing on the Gaza border with my contact from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The Eisenhower administration had been using all the pressure it could to force Israel to withdraw from Gaza in the wake of the 1956 war. But Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion was adamantly opposed to it. My Israeli contact said to me: "What we really want is for you to persuade Brazil to accept all the population of Gaza and resettle them in the Amazon." I don't know whether it was just an idea or an actual proposal, but he said this in all seriousness. Astonished, I replied, "Well, we will never agree to that, but we might...

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