The 1978 publication of the eight-volume personal diary of Moshe Sharett by his son, Yaakov (Kobi) Sharett, was a milestone in the evolution of the historiography of the State of Israel and Israeli-Arab relations. Moshe Sharett was Israel's first foreign minister (1948–56) and second prime minister, replacing David Ben-Gurion who in 1953 retired temporarily to Kibbutz Sde Boker in the south of the country. Moshe Sharett was a prolific writer and diary keeper but his original diary was “a political diary.” In the years 1953–56, when he was about to become prime minister and during his tenure, he kept a personal diary. Its publication provided the Hebrew reader with an unprecedented window into Israeli politics and policymaking as well as with an unusual personal document reflecting a senior leader's actions, reflections, outlook, and agony. Prior to the massive opening of Israel State Archives and the availability of other sources for...

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