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Abba Eban - Was he the greatest Israeli of all time?

 
 
Reply Sun 17 Nov, 2002 06:56 pm
Abba Eban's skill as an orator or diplomat is almost unparalleled in history. His death has got me thinking whether he is the greatest Israeli of all time.

What say you? If you don't think so please suggest a candidate.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Sun 17 Nov, 2002 07:58 pm
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives - Abba Eban

I voted yes because as a youth his name was synonymous with Israel.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 17 Nov, 2002 08:01 pm
I voted yes because he was, though over nationalistic, rational about matters that others haven't been able to be rational about.

Stout fella.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Sun 17 Nov, 2002 08:56 pm
Can I say this, well I am going to any way, I think Isreal has always been to nationalistic. I understand the fear but they dominate the area with their military power. If a statesman like Abba Eban was in power I think a negotiated agreement could be reached. Abba Eban seemed to me to be able to see a bigger picture. The man spoke ten languages, he could talk to anyone.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 17 Nov, 2002 09:14 pm
Abba Eban was often at odds with the non-diaspora over when to negotiate and when not to. He didn't pull punches when he ripped into Israel's enemies but he was also more reasoned in his dealings with them than almost any Israeli. I wish he'd been able to do as well with the people in his country as he did with his people outside of the country.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 18 Nov, 2002 09:21 am
Aubrey (that was his real name; Abba was his Hebrew name. He was born in South Africa) was quite a guy. Really, an amazing diplomat and speaker. His own country didn't realize how important he was to them, which is pretty sad.

The NY Times today has a very informative obit on him.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jan, 2003 11:33 pm
Jes,

I hadn't seen your post back in November but I did read the NY Times obit (read quite a few that day). He was
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