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Menachem Begin

  • Menachem Begin, Ex-freedom Fighter, Made War but Brought Peace to Israel

    Menachem Begin, son of a Jewish timber merchant in czarist Russia who became Israel’s sixth prime minister 15 years ago, was a man driven to feats of court age and the depths of despair. His vision was forged from the Holocaust and love for the Jewish people. Begin, who died here early Monday at 78… More ▸

  • Begin Remembered in the United States As Man Dedicated to the Jewish People

    Rabbi Allan Smith first heard Menachem Begin in 1950 when the former freedom fighter visited Boston and spoke at Temple B’nai Moshe. “I remember the fire in his eyes,” said Smith, who is director of the youth division of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. “He did not move from that day until the day… More ▸

  • Ailing Begin Regains Consciousness

    Menachem Begin, who suffered a heart attack early Tuesday morning, has regained consciousness after 20 hours in a coma. Though still on the critical list, the 78-year-old former prime minister was reported in stable condition Wednesday and showing signs of improvement, according to an official at Ichilov Hospital, now part of the Tel Aviv-Elias Sourasky… More ▸

  • Begin Reported in Critical Condition Following an Apparent Heart Attack

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin remained unconscious in the intensive-care unit of Ichilov Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at his suburban Tel Aviv home. His condition, though critical, was stable, and the chances for his recovery are good, a hospital official said. Begin’s son, Likud Knesset member Binyamin Begin, and his… More ▸

  • Binyamin Begin Causes a Stir with Plan to Run for Premier

    First-term Likud Knesset member Binyamin Begin surprised the public and politicians alike by announcing Tuesday night that he would be a candidate for prime minister whenever Yitzhak Shamir decides to retire. His television statement sent shockwaves through the Likud bloc, where older, better-known politicians are engaged in a power struggle to succeed the incumbent. Begin,… More ▸

  • Begin Seems Old Self in Radio Talk

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, a near recluse since his surprise retirement in 1984, seemed back in his old form in a rare media appearance Wednesday. Interviewed by army radio on the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Irgun, the underground guerrilla group he led, Begin lashed out at critics. He included an apparent… More ▸

  • Begin Leaves Long Hospital Stay Looking Spry and Cracking Jokes

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin may be emerging from the semireclusive lifestyle he adopted after his surprise resignation and abandonment of politics in 1984. He broke his political silence Thursday in reply to reporters’ questions on the occasion of his being released from Ichilov Hospital here after a seven-month stay. The 78-year-old retired Likud leader… More ▸

  • Begin Hospitalized for Broken Hip

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin broke his hip a fall at his home Tuesday and underwent successful surgery at nearby Shaare Zedek Hospital. Dr. Yonatan Halevy, the hospital’s director, described the outcome of the two-hour surgery as “very good.” He said the type of fracture suffered by the 76-year-old Begin was common among patients of… More ▸

  • Health of Former Prime Minister Begin Has ‘improved Impressively’

    The “general condition” of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin has “improved impressively” since he was admitted to Sha’are Zedek Hospital Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said. Begin, 77, was diagnosed as having a mild case of pneumonia, which was not life-threatening, said Dr. Motti Lifschitz, deputy medical director of the hospital. Begin was admitted at the… More ▸

  • Begin in Hospital, Reported ‘stable’

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin was hospitalized Wednesday after complaining that he felt ill. A senior physician at Sha’are Zedek Hospital said Begin’s condition was “stable” and probably not related to past heart attacks he has suffered. Begin has lived in virtual seclusion since he suddenly resigned from office in the fall of 1983. The… More ▸