Absolutely Fascinating: Robert F. Kennedy Reporting from Israel, 1948

At the age of 22, in 1948, Robert F. Kennedy filed dispatches from Israel for the Boston Post, a long-defunct newspaper. Lenny Ben-David has found them and begun a blog featuring them. They are, it must be said, remarkable. Kennedy wrote very well, it turns out, and the pieces offer a vivid portrait of a moment in time. Of the Palestinian Arabs, he writes,, “They are willing to let the Jews remain as peaceful citizens subject to the rule of the Arab majority just as the Arabs are doing in such great number in Egypt and the Levant states, but they are determined that a separate Jewish state will be attacked and attacked until it is finally cut out like an unhealthy abscess.”