Moshe Sneh:

Commander of the Haganah (Haganah means defense.) Moshe recruited Charles into his command

after Charles had some less than favorable experiences with the Irgun. Moshe led the mainstream

underground Jewish military of about 25,000 during the intense struggles between Jews, Arabs,

British and post war Nazis. He commanded from a very unusual place (Which can only be learned

in Rebirth.) and practiced integrity. Moshe had tremendous insight into their three formidable enemies

who the author had appropiately named "Goliath's." Many of the impossible struggles shown in Rebirth

resembled the miracle of David vs. Goliath.

Sneh attended high school in Poland before studying natural sciences, mathematics and medicine at

the University of Warsaw, gaining an MD in 1935. While a student, he was a member of the Yardinia

Zionist student organization, becoming its chairman in 1926, and was also chairman of the Medical

Jewish Students Union.

He became the editor of the Nowe Słowo newspaper in 1931, and the political editor of HaYanet in

1933. In 1932 he had been elected to the central committee of the Zionist Federation of Poland, and

was a leader of the radical Zionists. In 1935 he also became a member of the Zionist Executive


He worked as a doctor until 1939, including in the Polish Army following the outbreak of World War II, and immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1940.

Upon arriving in Palestine, he joined the Hagana, and was head of its national staff between 1941 and 1946. In 1944 he joined the Jewish National Council, and was also a member of the Assembly of Representatives. Between 1945 and 1947 he sat on the board of the Jewish Agency, heading its "illegal" immigration department. In 1946 he became head of the Agency's political department for Europe. Sneh's name was on the British Police's list of people to arrest in Operation Agatha.

In 1948, Sneh joined Mapam and was appointed deputy editor of the party's newspaper, Al HaMishmar, a position he held until 1953. In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset. Re-elected in 1961, Sneh remained in Maki when two of the party's MKs broke away to form Rakah in 1965. He lost his seat in the 1965, but returned to the Knesset again in 1969, remaining an MK until his death in March 1972.

His son, Efraim Sneh, served as both Health and Transportation Minister for the Labour Party before leaving the Knesset in 2008 to form his own party, Yisrael Hazaka