Due to recent disclosures about the Arlosoroff murder case, Begin reviews the incidents of July, 1933 and its’ aftermath. He goes into detail how he was notified about his friend’s, Haim Arlorsoroff, death and the accusations against Abraham Stavsky. He tells the story of his visit with Mrs. Stavsky to Ze’ev Jabotinsky and describes the feeling of “greatness” he experienced. Begin explains how Yehuda Azari, Chief of the Haganah Intelligence, who was involved in the Arlosoroff case, is responsible for the false accusations against Stavsky. Begin criticizes him and speculates why he remained silent for so many years while an innocent man, Stavsky, was being falsely accused. In order to erase any doubts of Stavsky’s innocence, Begin requests from Itzhak Gruenbaum, who once wrote an article in favor of “the inciters, the libelers, those who were after Stavsky’s blood”, to reveal the truth.
Subjects: Rights of the Accused
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.
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.