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Past Events

Past EventsWednesday, February 27

The Prime Ministers

Yehuda Avner
David Pryce-Jones

The Prime Ministers has been called “the ultimate insider’s account” of politics and decision-making by five Israeli prime ministers since the founding of the state in 1948.

Top political aide Yehuda Avner worked beside Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres over 25 years. He was present for major moments including Begin’s decision to bomb a nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981 and Rabin’s handling of the 1976 mission to rescue Israeli hostages at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

Avner, who also served as Israel’s ambassador to Britain and Australia in the 1980s and 90s, returns to London to discuss his political memoir at Jewish Book Week. In conversation with David Pryce-Jones he offers a unique prism through which to view Middle East affairs.

The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership has been a best-seller since its publication in the United States in 2010. A feature film and a documentary based on the book are in the pipeline.

“One of the most remarkable accounts we are likely to get of how Israel has been governed over the decades...the ultimate insider’s account,” said David Horovitz in the Jerusalem Post.


Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. 



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