A Day of Triumph For Bad Faith

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
23 In apr 1954
Underground - British Mandate, Etzel, Gallows Martyrs, Haganah, Lechi, Palmach, Saison, Underground Operation, United Resistance Movement. Individuals - David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Sharett, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Knesset , Political Parties - Mapai, Mapam. Diaspora - The Jewish Agency. Security - War of Independence
Begin speaks about the majority vote in the Knesset denying veterans from Etzel and Lechi certain privileges that are granted to "members of the Haganah, of the soldiers of the Jewish Brigade of the British Army, of the Jewish warriors and partisans of the Second World War." Begin first mentions that international politicians have acknowledged Etzel and Lechi's veterans. Then Begin shifts to say that these veterans do not want recognition from members of the Knesset because of those members' actions prior to Statehood. They seek "the equality of death, the equality of blood, the equality of sacrifice, the equality of the maimed hand, the equality of the orphan and the bereaved." Begin mentions that there were members of the Knesset who wanted to grant veterans from Etzel and Lechi the certain privileges. Begin concludes that "in vain will injustice exult."