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Prime Ministers: The Clash of Ben-Gurion & Begin

This video explores the philosophies of and relationships between Israel’s early prime ministers: David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin with a sprinkling of Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. Ben-Gurion and Begin both were proud Zionists, but differed greatly in their approach of how to achieve the Jewish state and ultimately, how to manage and lead Israel. For years, Begin found himself in the opposition government against Meir and Rabin. Yet despite the political differences, arguing, name-calling, and even shooting in one instance, Israel’s iconic early leaders harbored deep respect for one another. Is this something we can aspire to today – to respect those with whom we disagree?

Watch this video and use these prompts to see how Israel’s early prime ministers embodied mutual respect, and consider how we might apply this value today.

For more on “disagreeing, agreeably,” see our contemporary post on this topic.

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