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Menachem Begin

  • Israel Names Highway for Begin

    Israel’s newest superhighway will be named in memory of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin, it was announced Wednesday. Tel Aviv’s recently completed Ayalon route, which bisects the city from north to south, will bear the name of the Israeli leader who died in Tel Aviv on March 9 at the age of 78. The… More ▸

  • Stream of Mourners Pay Respects to Begin, the ‘father of the Nation’

    Although he was not the longest-serving prime minister of Israel, Menachem Begin had the longest-lasting funeral of any Israeli leader. It continued for hours after his burial Monday on the Mount of Olives. Mourners flocked to the cemetery long after the family and dignitaries had departed. Some walked silently past the fresh grave. Others bent… 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 ▸

  • Menachem Begin is Laid to Rest in Simple Mount of Olives Ceremony

    Menachem Begin ordered “a simple Jewish funeral” and that is what he got Monday, a few hours after he died of a heart ailment at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv at the age of 78. Begin was buried on the Mount of Olives, beside his beloved wife, Aliza, who died in 1982. His funeral was… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸