Menachem Begin Holds Knesset Spellbound With Analysis of Mapai Policy

Upon his return from South Africa, Begin addresses the Knesset during a debate on the Foreign Ministry’s budget. Begin states that he will focus on policy and facts. He emphasizes his philosophy as right is might, while the Government’s principle is might is right. He also discusses how the Government helps the Arab nations who seek the destruction of Israel. For example, Moshe Sharett encouraged the U.S. to form closer relations with Israel’s enemies. Also, Israel’s UN representatives voted for the independence of Libya, and soon after Libya’s independence, it joined the Arab League. Additionally, regarding Kibiya, Sharett condemned the military operation, which of course gave reason for the UN to reprimand the event. Begin specifically talks about the Government chasing after peace with Arab nations, and how nothing has been achieved. He closes by encouraging the Government to admit their mistakes and stop missing opportunities to end the bloodshed.

Statement at a Press Conference 19.09.1948

A press release by Begin as head of the Opposition party, Tenuat Haherut, after the assassination of a UN representative by radical Zionists in Jerusalem. Tenuat Haherut does not participate in the unelected government of the new state but still feels responsible for the well-being and future of the state and therefore must comment on recent events. Britain bears indirect responsibility for the assassination by discrediting the UN as an international organization. The Provisional Government of Israel also bears indirect responsibility for the assassination because it acts cowardly towards the world but tyrannical towards Jews within its borders, both of which are causing the rise of a new underground. Tenuat Haherut is against the killing and the rise of a new underground, and calls on all Jews in Israel to unite against their enemies and for the world to treat Israel justly.