Chiefs of the Pre-State Resistance Looks Back

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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30 In apr 1968
Underground - Altalena, British Mandate, Etzel, Haganah, illegal immigration, Lechi, Palmach, Saison, Underground Operation, United Resistance Movement. States - Britain/England, France, USA. Individuals - Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sneh, Shimon Peres, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Democracy , Jewish Heritage - Holocaust. Diaspora - The Jewish Agency, World Congress, Zionist Organization. Security - War of Independence
Begin participates in a discussion led by Geulah Cohen with other key actors (Moshe Sneh, Nathan Yellin-Mor, Haim Landau, Shimon Peres, Eliezer Livneh, Shmuel Katz, and Ya'acov Riftin) about the pre-State resistance. Begin first speaks about the United Resistance Movement and argues against Moshe Sneh's statement that the Haganah always fought against the British regime. He acknowledges that illegal immigration led by the Haganah was an important form of resistance, but not armed resistance. In fact, the Haganah assisted the British regime in the attempt to liquidate the Underground during "the season". Begin returns to speak about the United Resistance Movement, and about the King David Hotel operation. Begin also shares how the British government was not interested in stopping the annihilation of European Jews during the Holocaust. The discussion closes with disagreement about what happened with Altalena and the mistrust Haganah leaders had towards the Underground's intentions.