Jabotinsky’s Vision Will Yet Come True

Begin discusses the need to urge Jews from all over the world to make aliyah. He covers a demographic study which turned out to be inaccurate in predicting the situation a few short years after the Six-Day War, since it didn’t account for the changes in aliyah rates. He closes by noting that aliyah is not the same as emigration, because it is often done not to achieve a better life, but to return to their Motherland.

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.

Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel

Begin replies to a Knesset member’s open letter to him regarding the future of Palestinian people. He first states that by talking about Palestine or Palestinian people, then kibbutzniks are not farmers, but conquerors and invaders. Then he disagrees with the opinion that the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron are not part of Israel. He also disagrees with the vision of a bi-national State. This is because there are not only Jews and Arabs in Israel, there are also Druze. Additionally, Begin argues that many States are multi-ethnic, and, the countries that consist of one ethnic group are not necessarily peaceful. The third point Begin touches upon is that unlike minorities in many other countries, Arabs in Israel are given cultural self-determination. In his conclusion, he talks about the new “apologetic” or “justifying” Israeli. He does not believe Israelis need to justify their existence in Israel, and so he suggests that they disappear.

No Return to Armistice Lines

At a conference for Jewish Diaspora leaders, Begin expresses the importance of Israel to maintain the land gained from the Six-Day War, and not retreat. He first shares what Nasser, Atassi, Aref, and Hussein said about Israel prior to the Six-Day War. He connects their aggression to that of Germans. He then explains that according to international law, there are two phases after a defensive war is won. The first phase is prior to a peace treaty and the second phase is the negotiation period, which concludes with a peace agreement. He provides examples of peace treaties that occurred after the first and second world wars to show that the aggressors always lose territory. Regarding concern for lack of a Jewish majority in the Homeland and diplomacy, Begin says that they must not be afraid. He speaks about El Fatah and argues that they use methods of genocide. He uses Jewish text to reiterate that the Land of Israel is the land of Jewish ancestors and forefathers.

Declaration of the Rights of the Jewish People to its Homeland, to Liberty, Security and Peace

A statement by Begin at the Ninth Convention of the Herut Movement in Jerusalem. He declares that the right of the Jewish people to the whole of Eretz Israel is unalienable. The Jews were exiled nearly 2000 years ago, but they never lost their connection to Eretz Israel. The other nations of the world also recognized the right of the Jews to Eretz Israel, though they also tried to institute illegal and colonialist partitions of the land. Israel must extend its sovereignty over all of its rightful territory. The Jews recently suffered the destruction fo a third of their worldwide population, and Israel remains surrounded by enemies who want to destroy it. Israelis want peace with the Arab nations, through peace treaties, but for its security as well as for its rights it must retain control of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Israel will provide equal right to all Arabs and citizenship to any Arab living under Israeli sovereignty who desires it.