Mike Wallace Interviewing Menachem Begin

TV Interviews
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21 In dec 1960
Jewish Heritage - Anti-Semitism. Security - Army, Reprisal Actions, War of Independence. Political Parties - Betar, Herut. States - Britain/England. Underground - British Mandate, Deir Yassin, Etzel, Gallows Martyrs, Haganah, Palmach, Underground Operation. Individuals - Ze'ev Jabotinsky
An interview Begin gave to Chris Wallace. Begin felt persecuted as a Jew and witnessed persecution against Jews from his childhood through his college years. He joined Zeev Jabotinsky's Betar movement and decided that the Jews had to fight for their own state. Allegations that the Irgun was a bunch of cowards who killed randomly and would not face the enemy in open conflict were completely wrong, as the warnings before attacks, storming of Acre prison, and brave deaths of the Gallows Martyrs proves. Begin says that all people and organizations, including the Irgun, make mistakes. He regrets the civilian deaths at Dir Yassin, but it was a fierce battle to conquer the town which had many casualties on both sides. The Irgun and the Lechi were too small to believe in force. War is a terrible tragedy, because once it begins innocent people are guaranteed to die no matter how careful an army is.
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