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Menachem Begin

  • Begin Supports Candidacy of Burg to Be Israel’s Next President

    Premier Menachem Begin said publicly today that he supports the candidacy of Interior Minister Yosef Burg to be Israel’s next President, succeeding Yitzhak Navon who will retire when his term expires next month. Begin came out for Burg, a leader of the National Religious Party, at a meeting of the Likud coalition partners. But Burg… More ▸

  • Begin Calls for Tolerance

    Premier Menachem Begin has called on Israelis to show tolerance, rid themselves of hatred, and show understanding of each other. In a statement to Yediot Aharonot, Begin said that differences of opinion were legitimate and should not lead to physical confrontation. Begin’s statement, issued after repeated calls by opposition and leftwing elements, was the closest… More ▸

  • Begin Explains Why His Government Accepted the Inquiry Panel’s Recommendations

    Premier Menachem Begin indicated to the Knesset yesterday that his government accepted the recommendations of the commission of inquiry into the Beirut refugee camps massacre only because Israel is a country that lives by the rule of law. Heaping praise on outgoing Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and the senior army officers whose ousters the commission… More ▸

  • Arens Agrees to Serve As Defense Minister; His Nomination by Begin Virtually Assured of Approval

    The nomination of Moshe Arens as Defense Minister, replacing Ariel Sharon, appeared virtually certain of approval today. Arens, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. for the past year, has agreed to serve, Premier Menachem Begin’s personal aide, Yehiel Kadishai, told reporters this morning. The announcement came several hours before the Knesset was to vote on the… More ▸

  • Begin Raps Parliament of Europe

    Premier Menachem Begin told a group of visiting members of the European Parliament today that their institution’s support for President Reagan’s Middle East peace Initiative was “destructive. ” He insisted that the Camp David accords are the only framework for peace negotiations. Begin said the peace process would not be affected by the changes in… More ▸

  • Knesset to Action Decision by the Cabinet to Transfer Defense Portfolio to Begin

    Ariel Sharon will cease to be Defense Minister tomorrow if the Knesset, as expected, approves the Cabinet’s decision today to transfer the portfolio to Premier Menachem Begin. The Premier made it clear at the meeting that his tenure would be brief and temporary. He intends to name Moshe Arens, Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, a former… More ▸

  • Commission of Inquiry Makes Public Its Report Recommends Sharon Resign or Be Dismissed by Begin; Fau

    The commission of inquiry into the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps massacre called for the resignation of Defense Minister Ariel Sharon or his dismissal by Premier Menachem Begin for willfully ignoring the obvious dangers of “vengeance and bloodshed” against civilians when he allowed armed Christian Phalangists to enter the west Beirut camps last September 16… More ▸

  • Begin Expects Reagan’s Mideast Plan to Eventually ‘disappear’

    Premier Menachem Begin implied today that he expects President Reagan’s Middle East peace initiative to eventually “disappear.” Opening a political debate in the Knesset, Begin reiterated his total opposition to the Reagan plan which, among other things, called for a freeze on Israel’s settlement activities while peace negotiations are under way. Declaring that “One cannot… More ▸