How We Became a Free People

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
8 In may 1962
subjects:
Underground - British Mandate, Etzel, Haganah, Saison, United Resistance Movement. Aliyah - Return to Zion. States - Soviet Union (Russia). Diaspora - The Jewish Agency. Foreign Policy - UN. Security - War of Independence
Begin reflects on the special UN session convening to discuss the question of Eretz Israel. He argues that this session was called for as a result of Etzel's consistent revolt against the British. He shares how Ernest Bevin submitted his partition solution in January of 1947, and while the Arabs completely rejected this idea, the Jewish Agency representatives discussed ways this solution could be amended. Begin continues the story that Bevin rejected the amendments. Begin recalls that on March 1, 1947, Etzel blew up the British Officers' Club, which led to Britain requesting for the special UN session. Begin remembers that Russia's Foreign Minister exclaimed that it is time for the Jewish people to have self-sovereignty in Eretz Israel. Begin concludes by quoting what was said to the Etzel soldiers prior to their domino-effect attack.