An attempt to lift the remains of the Altalena from the Mediterranean Sea will
begin this week, the Knesset House Committee was told on Monday.
Altalena was a ship carrying Irgun weapons and fighters, many of whom were
Holocaust survivors, to Israel in June 1948. Former prime minister Menachem
Begin, then the Irgun's commander, boarded the ship as it approached Israel, and
the Altalena was fired upon by Yitzhak Rabin's Palmach unit near Tel Aviv's
shore and later sunk on a command from David Ben-Gurion.
A representative of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center said that
the search for the ship would begin this week, and that remains are expected to
be found within two weeks.
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