Balaam's Prophecy: Eyewitness to History, 1939-1989

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Associated University Presses, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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"Balaam's Prophecy is a personal account of Jewish history in the years 1939-89. Written by Ambassador Naphtali Lau-Lavie, journalist and diplomat, who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps and later became a leading personality in the government of Israel, this book reflects upon major historic events during the second half of this century as experienced by the author." "Lavie reveals epics of modern Jewish history. As an eyewitness to the decision-making process of the leadership in Israel in the years 1970-85, he describes fascinating occurrences in the Israeli struggle for existence and fateful decisions during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, as well as decisive moves at the time of negotiations with Egypt and the United States for peace, an agreement for which was finally signed in March 1979 on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C." "With his experience as Consul-General of Israel in New York, as emissary of the Jewish State to the largest Jewish diaspora, the author analyzes the ambivalent relationship between the Israelis and the Jewish minorities abroad. Because of his unique experience, he is able to examine the real difference between the two communities and their diverse agendas. In the author's opinion, they are not one community, as some portray themselves, and their respective realities indicate that they never will be."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Naphtali Lau-Lavie was born in 1926 in Cracow, Poland. During the Holocaust he was imprisoned in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, and was liberated on 11 April 1945. In July he immigrated to Palestine, and then joined the Hagana and fought in the War of Independence in 1948. He pursued academic and talmudic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in Petach Tikva. Lavie was a journalist at Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, before becoming spokesman at the ministry of defense and special advisor to defense ministers Moshe Dayan (1970-74) and Shimon Peres (1974-77). He subsequently served as spokesman and special advisor to foreign ministers Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Shamir. He was a member of the Israeli delegation at the peace negotiations with Egypt between 1977 and 1979. In 1981 he became Israeli Ambassador and Consul General in New York.

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