Begin focuses on the land Israel gained from the 1967 war. He argues that Israel was not the aggressor and to prove this, he provides the definition of an aggressor in an international conflict. Then he shows how Arab nations were the aggressors, according to the definition he provided. Begin then discusses the international law that an aggressor does not have a right to the land it lost with or without a peace treaty. He then talks about the physical size of Israel and how Israel cannot jeopardize its national security and does not want more Israeli bloodshed. He reflects on the massive bloodshed of Jews during the Holocaust and how powerful countries allowed it to happen. He wants Israel to have freedom of fear, freedom from want, and freedom from danger of destruction. He talks about how the Jewish-Christian relations will become stronger. Additionally, he has hopes for better Jewish-Muslim relations.
Subjects: International law
An article by Begin discussing Israel’s right to retain territories liberated in the Six-Day War. He focuses on Soviet Russia’s definition of aggression and Israel’s inherent right to self-defense under the United Nations Charter. He ends with a call for a full, comprehensive peace treaty between Israel and her neighbors. Part 1 of 3.
Begin argues against Levi Eshkol’s decision for not having an army parade on Israel’s Independence Day in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Begin says that one of the Eshkol’s reasons is because in the past, the parades in Jerusalem were insignificant, which did not raise morale of the army or Jerusalemites. Begin accuses the Government of simply unwilling to organize a powerful parade in Jerusalem. Another reason of Eshkol’s for not having an army parade in Jerusalem is because it would breach the Armistice Agreement with Jordan. It is extremely troubling to Begin that Eshkol even mentions Israel’s capabilities to break the Agreement because Jordan has already broken the Agreement. Begin goes even further to say that all of the Armistice Agreements have been broken by the Arab nations. In the conclusion, Begin writes that because of Eshkol’s mistakes, the Israeli public will either think that if the parade is in Jerusalem, it will be lacking morale or breaching the Agreement.
In the aftermath of a Syrian attack on civilians in the north, Begin sharply criticizes both the UN’s decision not to censure Syria and the Israeli government’s continuing policy of havlaga (passive restraint). He cites examples from then-recent American history and international law to justify a stronger response on Israel’s part.
In the Rosh Hashanah edition of The Jewish Herald, Begin argues that the world and Jews should take seriously the reemergence of Nazism happening throughout the world. Begin metaphorically relates the anti-Semitic attacks to a small spark in the woods that leads to a deadly disaster. He explains that the swastika vandalism should not be an internal problem for the specific countries; it should be an international concern. He shares some of the articles in the UN stance against genocide to show that the swastika vandalism needs international attention in order “to prevent the crime of genocide.” Furthermore, he says that the perpetrators of such crimes need to be seriously punished. He speaks about the limit of freedom of speech in regards to falsely yelling “Fire” in a crowded theatre. Similarly, it should be forbidden to yell “Burn them!” He concludes by calling upon all free people to unite and defend human dignity.