Begin on future of Herut Party

A speech by Begin to a Betar conference in South Africa in 1953. Begin is proud of the delegates to the conference for their allegiance and dedication. He says that Herut must not give up on the goal of a constitution for Israel, even if the idea is unpopular, because it is a necessity. Begin rejects the usage of the terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ as applied to political parties, as they were developed arbitrarily. He argues that Herut will defend the middle class from Mapai’s attempts to destroy it. Herut must be a party for all Jews in Israel. Herut supports the supremacy of the law and the independence of the judiciary. Herut is against the concept of civil marriages because it would lead to two different societies in Israel. The road for Betar and Herut may be long and hard, but their members should remember that Jabotinsky did not live to see the creation of the State of Israel either. They may yet achieve their goals despite their hardships.

Give Your Confidence To Those Who For 25 Years Have Shown The Nation The Right Way

Begin sends a message to the Zionist Electorate of Southern Africa. Begin first reminisces about the success of Etzel while fighting for the liberation of the Homeland. To maintain this liberation, Begin argues that there must not only be Statecraft, but also good will. Then Begin states that this factor has been lost in the Homeland and the world. He then shares that Herzl and Jabotinsky taught that the Homeland belongs to all Jews, including Diaspora Jews. Additionally, Diaspora Jews can “draw from it courage, faith and pride.” This leads him to say that it is the responsibility of Zionist South Africans to co-develop the Homeland. He shares directions the Homeland can go in, like a free or a totalitarian state. The point Begin makes is that Zionist South Africans need to support Herut, to prevent the continuation of the totalitarian direction the Homeland is going in.

Beigin Outlines Policy In Interview with “New York Times” Correspondent

In the interview, Begin discusses Etzel’s perspective regarding the State’s present situation and his policies to secure Israel’s future. It is first mentioned that Etzel is transitioning from a military to a political organization. Etzel plans to use ballots, not bullets, to gain political power. Begin includes that Etzel members know that arms should only be used for external enemies, despite of the Altalena situation. He argues that Israel’s existence is at stake with the current boundaries. Politically, Begin says that the Etzel will continue to insist the borders of Israel to be its historical boundaries. Etzel believes in reciprocity, and therefore, Britain is still an enemy of Israel. Additionally, Etzel wants to cooperate with nations that believe in Israel’s freedom and sovereignty. Regarding national policy, Etzel is willing to work with the Stern Group and any group that cooperates with Etzel’s “territorial and immigration aspirations.”

Begin outlines economicand social program

A speech Begin gave in America during the mid-1950s. The essence is democracy is that the rulers change from time to time, and by questioning that principle the government is acting totalitarian. On the political front, if Herut came to power, it would form a constitution. A constitution is necessary to set limits on what the government can do and explicitly tell the citizens their rights and responsibilities. On the social plane Begin favors a free market approach with some government intervention to help narrow the gaps. Herut would work towards the famous ‘5 Mems.’ On the economic lane, Begin focuses on the Histadrut, and how he would break up the monopoly of the Histadrut the way trusts are broken up in America in order to ensure the success of free enterprise and the flow of investment. He would not force the disbandment of any labor unions, as they are necessary to ensure that workers have a high enough standard of living to be consumers.