Shabtai Teveth

Shabtai Teveth (Hebrew: שבתי טבת; 1925 – 1 November 2014), was an Israeli historian and an anti-Revisionist author.

Teveth was born in 1925 in Migdal Afek, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel).[1] He began working as a journalist for the newspaper Haaretz in 1950, eventually becoming its political correspondent. In 1981, he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Following the publication of his research into the murder of Haim Arlosoroff, 1982, Menachim Begin - first Israeli Prime Minister elected from the Revisionist movement - ordered a Judicial Commission of Enquiry which concluded that Teveth was wrong to suggest the murder might have been carried out by two Revisionists.

In his biography of David Ben-Gurion, Teveth argues that Ben-Gurion did not instigate a policy of population transfer.[2]

In 2005, Teveth was awarded the Israel Prize for "lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State."

Published works


  1. Remembering Shabtai Teveth, David Ben-Gurion's official biographer, Haaretz
  2. Segev, Tom (2000). One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. Little, Brown and Company. p. 407. ISBN 9780805065879.

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