OBITUARY : Ephraim Evron
Saturday 26 August 1995
It relates to what came to be known as the "Lavon affair", when David Ben-Gurion dismissed his Defence Minister, Pinhas Lavon, for responsibility over a disastrous attempt to carry out a Mossad operation in Egypt. Eppie believed that his minister, Lavon, had been unjustly blamed by Ben-Gurion and strenuously argued his case to the point of facing dismissal and incurring the permanent displeasure of Ben-Gurion; Ben-Gurion carried on something of a vendetta against Lavon, whose life was virtually ruined.
Believing Lavon innocent of responsibility, Eppie never sought to disguise his feelings. Having incurred the hostility of Ben-Gurion, Evron found promotion was held up until his gifts for friendship and diplomatic skills finally earned him the ambassadorship in Washington.
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