Has it really been 40 years since Israel's political revolution?

Likud’s first electoral victory produced a new political hegemon and an epoch of social transition, national defiance and cultural revolt.

June 26, 2017 10:24
Menachem  Begin

Menachem and Aliza Begin vote in the national election on May 17, 1977. (photo credit: YAACOV SAAR/GPO)


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Sweating, excited and eager to be heard, café sitters and passersby in proletarian Beit Shemesh converged on the dusty sidewalk table where novelist Amos Oz was scribbling their damnations of the Labor establishment they had helped drive from power.

“What did they bring my parents to Israel for?” asked one, referring to the country’s founding elite, and answered, “You didn’t have Arabs then, so you needed our parents to do your cleaning and be your servants and your laborers, and your policemen, too.


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