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4 In jan 1974
States - Britain/England, Egypt, France, Germany, Syria, USA. Democracy , Foreign Policy - Diplomacy, Fundamentals of Foreign Policy, Israel-U.S. Relationship. Elections , Security - Fundamentals of Israeli Security, Self-Defense, Sinai Campaign, Six-Day War, War of Independence, Yom Kippur War. Greater Land of Israel - Golan Heights, Greater Israel, Settlements, Sinai Peninsula, Transjordan. Individuals - Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger. Government , Jewish Nationality , Knesset , Political Parties - Likud. Opposition , Parliamentarism , Peace , Peace Agreements , Ideologies - Right-Wing/Left-Wing
An interview Begin gave to the American newspaper "The Stars and Stripes". After doing well in the 1974 election but not winning the press reports that Begin's influence over Israeli policy has grown. Begin says that the wars of 1948 and 1967 were wars of self-defense and that Judea and Samaria are integral parts of Israel that cannot be given up. He supports Israel's participation in the Geneva Peace Conference. He would be willing to give back Egyptian and Syrian land Israel captured in the Yom Kippur . Many regular Israelis agree with him on the issue of territory. He also says that it would be a security risk, and the interviewer gives facts about Jordan and Egypt's military capabilities that support Begin's assertions. Kissinger acknowledges the security risks and says the answer is international guarantees. Begin cites the cases of the Sudetenland and the Sinai Campaign to show why international guarantees are worthless.
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