Encounters with Jewish Youth

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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2 In feb 1971
Underground - Altalena, battle description, Deir Yassin, Etzel. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel, Fatah, Palestinians. Political Parties - Betar, Gahal, Herut. Individuals - David Ben-Gurion. Diaspora - Diaspora Jewry, Jewish Communities (abroad), Selective Aliyah. Greater Land of Israel - Greater Israel. Aliyah - Return to Zion. States - USA. Education - Youth
Begin shares his various encounters with Zionist youth, nationally and internationally. In one situation, American Zionists associated with Hashomer Hatzair distributed leaflets comparing Gahal to Fatah outside of Begin's hotel. The leaflet argues that both want to be in complete control of the entire region, and the conclusion they draw is that neither Gahal nor Fatah will bring peace and justice to the Middle East. Begin is more upset about Zionists publically shaming Israel than his party being compared to Fatah. He also shares the response he gives to Zionist youth who ask him about Deir Yassin. Begin then shifts to sharing positive interactions with Zionist youth. He focuses on Russian Jews and their nationalistic beliefs. Begin briefly brings up the increase in aliyah post- Six Day War and concludes that he hopes that more Zionist youth will bring comfort, instead of distress regarding the future of Israel.