Menachem Begin on Israeli Chauvinism and Aliya
subjects:Foreign Policy - American Jewry, Israel-U.S. Relationship. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel, Jewish Majority, Palestinians. Security - Army, Six-Day War. Diaspora - Diaspora Jewry, Jewish Communities (abroad), Zionist Organization. States - France, USA. Political Parties - General Zionists. Greater Land of Israel - Greater Israel, Settlements. Jewish Nationality , Nationalism , Aliyah - Return to Zion
Excerpts from a speech Begin gave at the World Conference of Zionist leaders after the Six Day War. Begin questions why the conference has not properly addressed the "urgency of the revolutionary hour" after the Six Day War, when Israel's existence was threatened by the massive build-up of Arab Armies on its borders and won a great victory, taking back the land of Western Eretz Israel. He questions those who accuse Zionists of 'chauvinism' when Frenchmen and Poles are allowed to love their lands and express joy that they have reclaimed lost territory. Begin then says that although Israel has a large Jewish majority, a mass aliyah from countries like the USA is necessary to maintain that majority. Israel's future depends on such an aliyah.