(, Menakhem Vol'fovich Begin, 16 August 1913 – 9 March 1992) was an Israeli politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before independence, he was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun, the Revisionist breakaway from the larger Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah. He proclaimed a revolt, on 1 February 1944, against the British mandatory government, which was opposed by the Jewish Agency. As head of the Irgun, he targeted the British in Palestine.
Jag tror starkt på att utan dröjsmål sätta igång ett krig mot arabstaterna, ty genom detta krig kan vi förverkliga två mål: för det första, förinta arabiska regimer och för det andra,expandera vårt territorium. Citerat ur Palestinabulletinen nr 1, 1969.
To my wife Aliza, 'and I remember to you the benevolence of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. (Book of Jeremiah, 2:2; victory speech, May 17 1977)
On this day in ... ... 1978, was reported a "breakthrough" in Middle East peace negotiations between the leaders of Israel and Egypt, Menachem Begin (right) and Anwar al-Sadat (left). Meeting at Camp David, Maryland, with U.S. President Jimmy Carter (center), Begin and Sadat agreed: 1st, that Palestinians and others resident in the West Bank and Gaza have a right to self-determination respecting those territories; and 2d, that Egypt would recognize the state of Israel "in return for Israeli military ... [read post]
On this day in ... ... 1979 (30 years ago today), in a televised White House ceremony hosted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat shook hands to mark the signing of a peace treaty that had evolved out of the Camp David peace accords. The treaty was intended to bring to an end more than 3 decades of hostilities between the 2 countries. (photo credit) ... 1995, the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement (sometimes called the ... [read post]