France and Israel: They'll Be Together Again

On April 13, 2010, when chestnuts were in blossom amid the charm of spring, the Israeli politician Shimon Peres, accompanied by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, unveiled the David Ben-Gurion Promenade in the 7th arrondissement of Paris in front of the Musee du Quai Branly on the bank of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower. The Promenade is dedicated to the memory of Ben-Gurion, who was, according to the mayor, a true friend of France as well as being a man who worked for peace and the primary founder and the proclaimer of the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, and the first prime minister of the state. At the ceremony, Peres, the lifelong associate and disciple of Ben Gurion, who had appointed him at age 29 Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in 1953, naturally praised his mentor for the contribution to the creation of Israel, but he also praised France, which he considered not only a country but also a culture, and one that was crucial for...(Read Full Article)