Menachem Begin

Author: Avi Shilon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300162359

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 545

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A full-scale portrait of the enigmatic Israeli leader draws on wide-ranging archival research and testimonials by his closest advisors to explore such topics as Begin's antagonistic relationship with David Ben-Gurion, his controversial role in the 1982 Lebanon War, his leadership style and his changing ideologies.

Menachem Begin

Author: Daniel Gordis

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0805243135

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6118

Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky’s Betar movement. A powerful orator and mesmerizing public figure, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization’s bombings of British military installations and other violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin’s right-leaning Herut political party became a fixture of the opposition to the Labor-dominated governments of Ben-Gurion and his successors, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese “boat people” was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon to end the PLO’s shelling of Israel’s northern cities, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel’s prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis’s perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt both within Israel and throughout the world. This title is part of the Jewish Encounters series.

Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin

Author: Heather Lehr Wagner

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438104405

Category: Arab-Israeli conflict

Page: 129

View: 6279

The 1978 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel, for their contributions to the Camp David Accords. This work describes each laureate's rise to power and the challenges they faced on the road to becoming modern peacemakers.

Menachem Begin

Author: Avi Shilon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300189036

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 7255

Menachem Begin, father of Israel's right wing and sixth prime minister of the nation, was known for his unflinchingly hawkish ideology. And yet, in 1979 he signed a groundbreaking peace treaty with Egypt for which he and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat received the Nobel Prize for Peace. Such a contradiction was typical in Begin's life: no other Israeli played as many different, sometimes conflicting, roles as Begin, and no other figure inspired such sharply opposing responses. Begin was belittled and beloved, revered and despised, and his career was punctuated by exhilarating highs on the one hand, despair and ostracism on the other./divDIV DIVThis riveting biography is the first to provide a satisfactory answer to the question, Who was Begin? Based on wide-ranging research among archival documents and on testimonials and interviews with Begin's closest advisers, the book presents a detailed new portrait of the founding leader. Among the many topics the book holds up to new light are Begin's antagonistic relationship with David Ben-Gurion, his controversial role in the 1982 Lebanon War, his unique leadership style, the changes in his ideology over the years, and the mystery behind the total silence he maintained at the end of his career. Through Begin's remarkable life, the book also recounts the history of the right-wing segment of Israeli society, a story essential to understanding the Israel of today./div

Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process

Author: Gerald M. Steinberg,Ziv Rubinovitz

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025303955X

Category: History

Page: 280

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Focusing on the character and personality of Menachem Begin, Gerald Steinberg and Ziv Rubinovitz offer a new look into the peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt in the 1970s. Begin's role as a peace negotiator has often been marginalized, but this sympathetic and critical portrait restores him to the center of the diplomatic process. Beginning with the events of 1967, Steinberg and Rubinovitz look at Begin's statements on foreign policy, including relations with Egypt, and his role as Prime Minister and chief signer of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. While Begin did not leave personal memoirs or diaries of the peace process, Steinberg and Rubinovitz have tapped into newly released Israeli archives and information housed at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and the Begin Heritage Center. The analysis illuminates the complexities that Menachem Begin faced in navigating between ideology and political realism in the negotiations towards a peace treaty that remains a unique diplomatic achievement.

The Life and Times of Menachem Begin

Author: Amos Perlmutter

Publisher: Doubleday Books


Category: History

Page: 444

View: 849

Documented by in-depth research into Begin's family origins in Poland, his Holocaust experiences and his years as a guerrilla leader in Palestine, this biography draws together the threads of Begin's life and career in Israeli politics

Menachem Begin

Author: Hillel Seidman,Mordecai Schreiber

Publisher: Shengold Books


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 3290

At last a book that sets the record straight about one of the greatest Jewish leaders of our time. Through personal anecdotes and insights based on years of research, Dr. Seidman, Begin's lifelong friend and a distinguished writer and journalist, pays tribute to the man who played the decisive role in forcing the British out of Palestine, signing a peace treaty with Egypt, and securing the future of the Middle East by destroying Iraq's nuclear reactor. A must for all who are interested in the continued struggle of Israel and the Jewish people.

To Win Or to Die

Author: Ned Temko

Publisher: William Morrow & Company


Category: Israel

Page: 460

View: 8054

Describes the Israeli leader's childhood, involvement in the Zionist movement, political exile, work against the British in Palestine, and accomplishments as prime minister.

Peace in the Making

Author: Menachem Begin

Publisher: Gefen Publishing House Ltd

ISBN: 9789652294562

Category: History

Page: 349

View: 9354

Read the actual letters Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin exchanged with each other as they weighed the future of their two peoples, from their first meeting in 1977 until the assassination of El-Sadat in 1981.