This is a Testing Time for Gahal

Begin delivers a brief history of the Herut-Liberal Bloc, also known as Gahal and describes some of its difficulties. He urges cooperation between the two parties despite these difficulties

Begin Speaks Out On Gahal’s Future

Begin recalls the agreement made two years ago between the two political parties, the Herut Movement and the Israel Liberal Party, which in unison, formed Gahal. He explains that it was not an easy process to attain such an agreement. Since then, there has been some disagreement among members of both parties in which Begin points out. However, Begin assures, in the case that the two parties split up, “Herut would continue to keep to its path in faithful service to the people of Israel who sent to represent it.”

Let Me Dispel the Fears From Your Hearts

Begin wants to dissolve the discomfort Ha’aretz readers have about Etzel. He begins by emphasizing that it is most important that the readers contemplate his words. Then he continues to mention that no nation besides Israel has ever questioned its liberators’ actions. Instead, it “is considered a privilege by them.” Begin then goes into detail about the hatred he and Etzel felt from the Jewish Agency’s leader, Ben Gurion, prior to the negotiation. He said that Ben Gurion used a system of propaganda, which he referred to as “the hate system.” Along with propaganda, Begin dismantles the lie stating that Etzel did not want a united army after the emergence of the State. Lastly, he mentions the importance of Ben Gurion saying that taking down Altalena might have been a mistake. Through providing a thorough understanding of events that happened in the past, Begin ends his piece with: “it is not we [Etzel] who must correct any image, but they who must correct their angle of vision.”

The Mapai We Knew for 30 Years is No More

Begin writes about the splintering of Mapai into three, four, and even maybe five Mapais. He explains who each of these Mapais is and what each thinks of the other Mapais. Begin then puts to question the trustworthiness of leaders who express hatred towards former friends, colleagues, and comrades. Furthermore, he brings up what it could mean about the historical opposition to these leaders. Then Begin shares that there are two principal Mapais, which he calls Alef and Bet and are led respectively by Levi Eshkol and David Ben Gurion. He explains what each bloc wants regarding the election process. Begin shifts to speak about Mapai’s attempts in excluding Herut from Histadrut elections and the justice system being on Herut’s side. In his conclusion, Begin explains that Herut-Liberal bloc will attack the Mapai blocs simultaneously in hopes to change the leadership of the State.