On settler commonalities (on Japan-Israel relations): John de Boer, ‘Before Oil: Japan and the Question of Israel/Palestine, 1917-1956’, Japan Focus, 2015
Excerpt: “Israel and Japan are situated at opposite ends of Asia, but this is a fact which binds them together rather than separates them. The vast continent of Asia is their connecting link, and the consciousness of their Asian destiny is their common thought.” (David Ben-Gurion, 1 July 1952 ).
Existing scholarship cannot explain what the then Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was referring to when he expressed these words in response to Japan’s official recognition of Israel on 15 May 1952.
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