Mapam in the war of independence: From the war front to the opposition back benches

Aviva Halamish

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The article examines the first year of Mapam's existence, focusing on its role in the War of Independence and on the elections to the Constituent Assembly (the first Knesset), beginning with the election campaign through the negotiations on forming the government and the implications of Mapam's remaining in the opposition. It also discusses two issues that occupied a central place on Mapam's ideological agenda: the question of the "whole Land of Israel" and the attitude toward the Soviet Union. The article's main contentions are that beyond the internal and external arguments and disagreements, in the War of Independence Mapam was first and foremost the loyal soldier of the nation and remained in the opposition against its will.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-168
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2014

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  • 1948 War
  • Constituent Assembly
  • Hakibbutz Ha'artzi
  • Hashomer Hatza'ir
  • Mapam
  • Meir Ya'ari
  • Yitzhak Tabenkin

RAMBI publications

  • Mifleget ha-poʻalim ha-meʼuḥedet (Israel)
  • ha-Ḳibuts ha-artsi ha-shomer ha-tsaʻir (Israel)
  • Kibbutzim -- Political aspects
  • Israel -- History -- War of Independence, 1948-1949
  • Israel -- Politics and government -- 1948-1956


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