Gahal’s Plan for Peace

Begin shares Gahal’s plan for peace, with its main objective preserving the peace of the nation of Israel, not only for his generation, but also for future generations. The plan for peace must involve mutual recognition, direct negotiations, a historical truth that Jewish people have the eternal right to their homeland, and no partition of the land. Additionally, there must be no threat of aggression and an obligation to prevent existence of hostile organizations. Begin believes that Gahal’s plan for peace has the combination of security and peace. Without this combination, there will be constant bloodshed and a threat to Israel’s existence. He reflects on the increase of aliyah, which has made Jabotinsky’s dream of having a Jewish majority in the region come true. He also discusses the cycle Jews have been in for all their history: Rising and falling. He concludes that Israel will stop the cycle at rising and therefore, Jews will no longer fall.

The Answer to Dayan’s Challenge

Begin argues against Moshe Dayan for wanting to renew the Jarring talks. However, Begin first criticizes Dayan for criticizing Gahal during the Labor Party’s internal electioneering campaign. Begin shares different possible reasons why Dayan inappropriately brought up Gahal. Then Begin refocuses on Dayan’s support for renewing the Jarring talks. Begin goes into detail about Dayan flip-flopping in regards to his perspective on the Jarring talks. Begin shows that initially, Dayan was strongly against the talks. For example, two years ago he threatened to leave the Cabinet if the Jarring talks were not suspended. Begin plays out what will happen with the renewal of the talks. He says “the talks will break up or we will retreat further.” Begin does not see either of these options ending the war. Begin ends by writing he strongly supports a peace treaty through direct negotiations.