Churchill’s Help in the Modern Jewish Fight for Freedom
Newspaper: Jewish Herald
subjects:States - Britain/England. Underground - British Mandate, Etzel, Haganah, Lechi, Saison. Jewish Heritage - Holocaust, Linguistics. Individuals - Theodor Herzl, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Foreign Policy - UN. Security - War of Independence
Begin focuses on how Winston Churchill's beliefs and actions towards both the idea of a Jewish State and Etzel contributed to the revival of the Jewish Homeland. Begin first quotes Churchill's pledge in 1919 about his hope for a Jewish State. Then Begin discusses Churchill's influence of the Balfour Declaration, Peel Commission, and White Papers. All of these documents explain the shift of England's position of a future national home for the Jewish nation throughout the years. Begin then shares Churchill's desire for the destruction of Etzel, and as a result the Haganah began the "season." Begin explains that because of Churchill's position, it strengthened the argument that Jews alone liberated their land. Begin mentions Churchill's strength against Nazi Germany and concludes by quoting the Irgun's response to Churchill's want for the total destruction of Etzel.