Begin Calls on Government to Meet Washington Pressure by Holding New Elections

Begin talks at a press conference about the pressure the United States is putting on Israel towards accepting the Rogers Plan. In response to this, he argues that there should be a public political campaign against the Rogers Plan in the U.S. He believes that by getting the American public involved, the U.S. Legislature will annul the Rogers plan. In regards to the Government of National Unity, Begin says that he regrets that there is not one currently and that he would agree to join such a Government if there was a political campaign in the U.S. against the Rogers Plan. He references a few times that the Rogers Plan could also be called Nixon Plan. He then shares his belief that if the actions of the U.S. and the Israeli Government do not change, there will need to be a law proroguing the Knesset. He explains what the process would look like. He argues that peace is far away and that Israel cannot surrender to external pressure.

Menachem Begin’s Stirring Message of Hope and Faith

The conclusion of Begin’s speech regarding Israel’s right to retain territories liberated in the Six-Day War. Here, he focuses on maintaining a Jewish majority in Israel through encouraging aliyah and a strong national unity government in order to persevere. Part 3 of 3.

Loyal Opposition – Positive Role in Israeli Politics

An op-ed in the Jewish chronicle by Begin about the purpose of and need for an opposition in a democracy. So-called ‘one-party democracies’ are just autocracies called by a nicer name in the west for political expediency. Herut has had to do more than just oppose the government because of the unique threats and challenges Israel faces. Herut took the lead in several important policy initiatives, such as Israel’s alliance with France, the issue of Arab refugees from the War of Independence, and the issue of German scientists helping the Egyptians produce powerful and destructive weapons. It is also important for Herut to constantly seek to replace the government because otherwise it would allow Israel to become a “one-party democracy.” It is imperative that another party eventually win control of the government to allow democracy to work as it is supposed to.

We Shall Return to the Heritage of our Ancestors

Begin expresses the importance of unity of the Motherland. He argues that the Jewish people have a historic and eternal right to the land. If the land becomes Israel’s, “it will not be foreign soil that we shall be occupying; but we shall be returning to the heritage of our ancestors.” He believes that this concept should be accepted by the whole Zionist movement. However, currently this is not the case, even with Herut’s partner, the Israel Liberal Party. Begin stresses that Gahal (the Herut-Liberal Bloc) cannot become one unified party unless the Liberal Party agrees with Herut on this principle. However, Begin also stresses that he finds Gahal’s existence important, especially when talking about the current Government under the Mapai regime.

Herut’s Role in New Knesset

Begin speaks to the new Knesset focusing on his disappointments and lack of confidence in the new Government. Throughout the speech, he repeats that within the Government “‘yes’ is not ‘yes’; ‘no’ is not ‘no.'” He first discusses members’ actions in finding a loophole around the law the fifth Knesset adopted. He also discusses the actions of the new Minister of Labour, who demands Sabbath Law. This Minister demands the Ashdod Port to be closed on Shabbat, but because this could damage the national economy, he will determine if the port needs to operate on Shabbat. Ultimately, he argues that national action needs to happen and shares the actions Herut wants to take.