The Lion Cub Of Judah Has Arisen

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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11 In jone 1954
Security - Army, War of Independence. Underground - battle description, British Mandate, Etzel, Gallows Martyrs. Individuals - David Raziel, Dov Gruner. Jewish Heritage - Linguistics
Begin speaks at the unveiling of Dov Gruner's memorial in Ramat Gan. He reflects on Etzel's purpose and the determined Etzel soldiers. He then reminds the audience that Etzel soldiers were not the first dissidents in Jewish history. Begin also explains that a key difference between Israel and other nations is that unlike other nations in war, Israel did not have any allies. This meant that Israel's only weapons were weapons conquered from its enemy. Begin shifts to speak of the battle in which Gruner was captured and then shares the powerful words spoken to British judges by Gruner, Avshalom Habib, and Ya'acov Weiss. With Gruner's and other soldiers' dedication, Begin proudly announced that the nearby British fortress is guarded by Hebrew policemen. Begin then speaks about the significance of the memorial for Gruner being the Lion Cub of Judah. He concludes stating that the spirit of freedom and faith in justice will continue to exist in the Jewish nation forever.