Books: Rediscovering Begin

Avi Shilon’s book is a welcome addition to the paucity of literature about the country’s sixth prime minister.

December 13, 2012 16:09
nwar Sadat head to head with prime minister Begin

Begin and Sadat 521. (photo credit: Reuters)


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In 1949, when Israel had its first election, the right-wing Herut Party led by Menachem Begin came in fourth with only 14 Knesset seats. It was a depressing disappointment for the former underground commander and his many followers.

However, when the big winner of the election, David Ben-Gurion’s Mapai Party, sat down to analyze the results, it found a disturbing phenomenon.


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