More than P.M.’s Credibility is at Stake
Newspaper: Jewish Herald
subjects:Political Parties - Achdut Ha'avoda, Gahal, Mapam. Constitution , Democracy , Foreign Policy - Diplomacy, Israel-U.S. Relationship. States - Egypt. Elections , Individuals - Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, William Rogers. Government , Greater Land of Israel - Greater Israel. Knesset , Opposition
Begin focuses on Golda Meir's statements of resigning from premiership. He argues that a key problem is that if she does not follow through, then she will be seen as a leader that does not follow her word. He continues that Israel's leader losing credibility hurts Israel's diplomacy. He shifts to argue that the United States needs to recognize that there is a partnership between Israel and the U.S. Israel is not a charity State. To support his argument, he speaks about Israel helping prevent U.S. soldiers being killed in Vietnam. However, Begin points out that Meir does not publically share this assistance. Begin also touches upon the current majority of the Government wanting to partition the Homeland. He concludes that Israel and its representatives need to remind the international community that Israel is a "free people [that] will make its own decision about its future, its security and its peace."