Menachem Begin Replies to an Open Letter

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
18 In sept 1953
capital rule , Individuals - David Ben-Gurion. Election System , Underground - Etzel. Ideologies - Fascism. Government , Political Parties - Herut, Mapai. Education - Youth
In the Open Letter, youth from the Tzrifin Underground accuse Begin of not supporting the youth in fighting against the Government's unjust laws. They argue that it is enough for him to speak in the Knesset, but he should also be encouraging and supporting for the youth to act. Begin responds by first addressing Mapai newspapers excitement towards the open letter. These newspapers claimed that the youth from the terrorist group saw Begin as their leader. Begin responds that it is ridiculous to make such accusations without any evidence. He continues to say though that he has and will continue to encourage incitement against tyrannical laws that exist in Israel. Then Begin explains why he believes the ballot box is the only successful way to gain control of the Government. He concludes by telling the youth that "a free man, who chooses his own path, should never feel compelled to blame anyone who accompanies him, or who does not accompany him, for that choice."