The Answer to Dayan’s Challenge

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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1 In dec 1970
Political Parties - Gahal, Mapam. Government , Individuals - Gunnar Jarring, Moshe Dayan. Internim Agreements , Peace , Foreign Policy - UN
Begin argues against Moshe Dayan for wanting to renew the Jarring talks. However, Begin first criticizes Dayan for criticizing Gahal during the Labor Party's internal electioneering campaign. Begin shares different possible reasons why Dayan inappropriately brought up Gahal. Then Begin refocuses on Dayan's support for renewing the Jarring talks. Begin goes into detail about Dayan flip-flopping in regards to his perspective on the Jarring talks. Begin shows that initially, Dayan was strongly against the talks. For example, two years ago he threatened to leave the Cabinet if the Jarring talks were not suspended. Begin plays out what will happen with the renewal of the talks. He says "the talks will break up or we will retreat further." Begin does not see either of these options ending the war. Begin ends by writing he strongly supports a peace treaty through direct negotiations.