U.S. Editor Sees Menachem Begin As “The Man Of The Hour”

In this interview, Begin speaks about the Government and Israel’s relationship with both the U.S. and Germany. Begin first talks about the recent meeting he had with New York Board of Rabbis. During this meeting Begin spoke honestly by explaining the Government’s harsh reactions when Herut held a demonstration against the Government’s decision to negotiate with Germany. Begin recalls asking the rabbis to support Herut’s position and that the rabbis agreed. Then the interview speaks about anti-Semitism and shifts to Begin expressing hope in Herut gaining power so that Israel can be a true democracy. Currently, though, Mapai is in control and Begin provides examples to show the lack of democracy in Mapai’s actions. Then Begin discusses that Israel succeeds in war because of God’s guidance, not merely because of numbers. This leads to Begin sharing his agreement in the creation of the Sanherin in Israel. The interview ends with Begin expressing concern towards Soviet Jews.

Statement at a Press Conference 19.09.1948

A press release by Begin as head of the Opposition party, Tenuat Haherut, after the assassination of a UN representative by radical Zionists in Jerusalem. Tenuat Haherut does not participate in the unelected government of the new state but still feels responsible for the well-being and future of the state and therefore must comment on recent events. Britain bears indirect responsibility for the assassination by discrediting the UN as an international organization. The Provisional Government of Israel also bears indirect responsibility for the assassination because it acts cowardly towards the world but tyrannical towards Jews within its borders, both of which are causing the rise of a new underground. Tenuat Haherut is against the killing and the rise of a new underground, and calls on all Jews in Israel to unite against their enemies and for the world to treat Israel justly.

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.