Let Me Dispel the Fears From Your Hearts

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
20 In oct 1965
Underground - Altalena, British Mandate, Etzel, Haganah, Lechi, Saison, United Resistance Movement. Security - Army. Jewish Heritage - causeless hate. Individuals - David Ben-Gurion, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Democracy , Political Parties - Exclusion of Herut. Opposition , Diaspora - The Jewish Agency
Begin wants to dissolve the discomfort Ha'aretz readers have about Etzel. He begins by emphasizing that it is most important that the readers contemplate his words. Then he continues to mention that no nation besides Israel has ever questioned its liberators' actions. Instead, it "is considered a privilege by them." Begin then goes into detail about the hatred he and Etzel felt from the Jewish Agency's leader, Ben Gurion, prior to the negotiation. He said that Ben Gurion used a system of propaganda, which he referred to as "the hate system." Along with propaganda, Begin dismantles the lie stating that Etzel did not want a united army after the emergence of the State. Lastly, he mentions the importance of Ben Gurion saying that taking down Altalena might have been a mistake. Through providing a thorough understanding of events that happened in the past, Begin ends his piece with: "it is not we [Etzel] who must correct any image, but they who must correct their angle of vision."