January 23, 1993 |
Suddenly, public television is providing a crash course in the politics and history of the Middle East in the 20th Century. While the subject of "The Prize" entailed the global reach and impact of oil, its center was the volatile Levant. And now, with the five-hour "Israel: A Nation Is Born With Abba Eban" (at 1 p.m. Sunday on KCET-TV Channel 28), the heart of Middle East turmoil is explored with an uncommon humanistic breadth.
November 22, 1992 |
As a rule, the species writer is very different from the species mover-and-shaker. Edward Gibbon shares few traits with the Emperor Constantine. Occasionally, however, historian and history maker are one. This book proves again that Abba Eban is a magnificently multiple personality. The creation of Israel would have been more laborious without him. He was one of the heroes of an astounding birth. He is also the poet of its pains and joys. I'm tempted to call him a circumcised Churchill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990
Abba Eban, considered by many to be a leading Israeli dove, advocates a policy which, if applied to other countries, would be condemned as being antithetical to the advancement of human and civil rights ("Israelis & Palestinians," Opinion, March 25). Eban accepts a Tel Aviv University recommendation that "Israeli security can be maintained through continued military deployment but without physical control over all the territories and all their Palestinian inhabitants." One need only ask the Lithuanians, the Poles, and the Czechoslovakians how free and independent they felt/feel with Soviet soldiers occupying their countries.
February 7, 1989 |
Former Israel diplomat and cabinet minister Abba Eban begins work this week on a four-segment, 4 1/2-hour PBS miniseries called "Israel 1947 to 1988: A Personal Witness." Presented by New York's WNET, it will begin where Eban's nine-part series, "Heritage: Civilization and the Jews," ended, with the events leading to Israeli independence in 1948. "Heritage" was broadcast by PBS three times and was shown in more than a dozen countries.
February 1, 1989 |
Abba Eban, the former Israeli foreign minister, urged Tuesday that Israeli officials meet with Palestinian leaders in an effort to end the Palestinian uprising in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Eban spoke at a private conference here, set up by the Netherlands-based Middle East Dialogues organization, on the Israeli-Palestinian problem. He did not refer to the Palestine Liberation Organization by name, but several PLO officials were present.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1989
As one who treasures my friendship with Philip M. Klutznick, and enjoys a continuous exchange of views and information, I'll observe with great interest how the Jewish "establishment" spokespersons will react to his sage advice as to negotiations with the PLO in Israel's need for peace ("Palestine Needs a State, Too," Op-Ed Page, Jan. 10). Will they distribute Phil's opinion piece to their constituency for independent judgment(s), or skewer his remarks? If the treatment Stanley Sheinbaum and the others in the "Stockholm five" received is any example, Klutznick will be the target of abuse and distortion of purpose.