The German Threat to Israel

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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28 In july 1964
Jewish Heritage - Anti-Semitism. Individuals - Charles de Gaulle, Levi Eshkol, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Foreign Policy - Diplomacy, Israel-France Relationship, Israel-U.S. Relationship. States - Egypt, Germany
Begin addresses the Knesset focusing on the different threats Israel is facing. He also expresses frustration towards Levi Eshkol for downplaying these threats while he was in the United States as a guest of the President. For example, regarding the Russia-Egypt relationship, Eshkol referred to Nikita Khrushchev's statements as somewhat moderate, while Begin argues that they are extremely anti-Semitic. Begin touches upon what was said at the African summit conference and shifts to focus on Germany. Begin argues that Eshkol did not cease the opportunity to encourage world opinion to use its influence to put an end to German scientists assisting in Egypt. Begin affirms that regardless of the intention of Israel's enemies, Israel will not be destroyed. Begin's concern is that a war will lead to spilt Jewish blood. Begin concludes with speaking positively about the Israel-France relationship, and believes that France should not just be a friend of Israel, but also an ally.