2016-08-03 / Mideast

Prime Minister favored withdrawal

Newly rediscovered footage of a 1968 interview with David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, shows him opposing West Bank settlements and instead favoring the return of most of the land Israel captured in the Six-Day War.

The six-hour interview with Ben- Gurion—segments of which appear in a new film called “Ben-Gurion Epilogue”—had been forgotten until filmmaker Yariv Mozer found them in the Hebrew University’s Jewish film archive, according to the Times of Israel.

At the time of the interview, Ben- Gurion, a member of the Labor party, had left politics and was living on Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev.

Ben-Gurion’s views on the territories weren’t a secret before the footage reappeared: In a 1973 interview with The Jerusalem Post, the then-86-yearold Ben-Gurion said that after the Six- Day War he favored giving back all of the territories except East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights if the Arabs agreed to make peace with Israel. In the same interview, however, he said he changed his mind. (JTA)

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