Begin responds to David Ben-Gurion’s recent statement in which he accused Herut of praising Hitler. He starts off by providing examples of Ben-Gurion using his tongue against friends and close colleagues. Then Begin discusses “the season” in which Ben-Gurion cooperated with the British, in addition to the negative words Ben-Gurion called Etzel. Also, Begin shares Ben-Gurion calling Ze’ev Jabotinsky ‘Vladimir Jabotinsky Hitler.’ Begin then discusses the claim that Ben-Gurion’s statement was in response to Begin’s address to the Knesset about German scientists assisting Nasser. Begin continues to explain that Ben-Gurion’s statement has hurt Israel’s status on an international level. He concludes that Herut will continue to retaliate against “licentious statements and lying remarks” made against Herut.
Subjects: Pinchas Rosen
Begin criticizes David Ben-Gurion’s offensive statement in which he says, “If, in 15 years’ time, people like Rosen (Mr. Pinchas Rosen, Minister for Justice) will be in power, it will be a calamity for the State.” Begin explains that this statement disrespects Rosen and shows that Ben-Gurion perceives himself more as a king than a leader of a republic or democracy. Begin argues that Israel belongs to its citizens, not Ben-Gurion or Mapai.