Ben Gurion the Totalitarian

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
17 In mar 1950
subjects:
Liberty of Men - censorship, Individual Liberty. Ideologies - Communists. Individuals - David Ben-Gurion. Elections , Foreign Policy - Israel-U.S. Relationship. Justice , Knesset , Legislature-Judiciary Relationship , Supremacy of the Law
Begin analyzes two situations that recently happened in the country. The first event is when a former Judge Advocate of the Haganah, Dr. Gorali, faced trial on a charge for libeling the Attorney General and Legal Adviser to the Government, Moshe Shapira. Gorali accused Shapira of conducting the Be'eri trial improperly "for personal reasons". Begin argues that this incident weakens the status of justice in Israel. The second situation is Ben-Gurion's threat to a Communist Knesset member. The member had denounced the Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal because he spoke negatively about Russia to the Associated Press correspondent. Begin mentions that he disagrees with both the Knesset member's actions and Ben-Gurion's response that "this State also knows how to imprison and confine." Begin identifies his response as a hint of totalitarianism. He concludes claiming that there is no need to fear his totalitarian threats because in actuality, Ben-Gurion does not hold much power.