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  • 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 ▸

  • Israeli Police Begin Investigation into Weizman’s Contacts with PLO

    The police have opened an inquiry into Ezer Weizman’s alleged contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization. The investigation was ordered Tuesday by Attorney General Yosef Harish, after consultations with Justice Minister Dan Meridor of Likud. According to police sources, the outgoing inspector general of police, David Kraus, will be in charge of the inquiry, which… More ▸

  • Menachem Begin Appears Thinner, but Alert, on His Annual Outing

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin made one of his rare appearances in public Sunday. It was his annual outing to say Kaddish at the grave of his wife, Aliza, whose death seven years ago triggered the depression that propelled him out of office. Wearing a blue suit and a blue hat, Begin arrived at the… More ▸

  • Begin Discharged from Hospital

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin was discharged from Sha’are Zedek Hospital here Tuesday, after five days of medical tests, and pronounced in good health. The 76-year-old Begin left the hospital unaided at noon, accompanied by his daughter Hassia. Begin was admitted on Aug. 16, complaining of “general weakness.” Tests found that his blood sodium level… More ▸

  • Begin’s Hospital Stay Extended

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin will remain in the hospital for a few more days. But there is no cause for concern over his health, Dr. Yonatan Halevy, director general of Sha’are Zedek Medical Center, said Monday. Begin was hospitalized there on Aug. 16, a few days after celebrating his 76th birthday. He had complained… More ▸

  • Begin in Hospital for Tests

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who last weekend celebrated his 76th birthday, was hospitalized Wednesday after complaining of “general weakness.” Dr. Yonatan Halevi, of Shaare Zedek Hospital, said Begin would remain in the hospital “two or three days” to undergo tests, but that he could “probably” rule out any “serious problem.” Halevi said his patient… More ▸

  • Begin Emerges from Seclusion to Condemn Anti-arab Reprisals

    Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin emerged from seclusion Sunday to add his voice to those of current Israeli leaders condemning the random violence against Arabs that has broken out since the July 6 bus disaster that claimed 14 lives and injured 27. There have been numerous reports of attacks against Arab civilians in Israel and… More ▸

  • 10 Years Later, Begin Disappointed with Pace of Israeli-egyptian Peace

    Ten years after Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty, one of its architects, Menachem Begin, expressed disappointed at the incomplete manner in which relations between the two countries have developed. Begin, in a radio interview unusual for the reclusive former premier, said there is no cause for real celebration now, despite the exchange of… More ▸

  • Begin Reportedly Ok’d Taba Hotel Without Investigating Assurances

    Former Premier Menachem Begin agreed to construction of the Sonesta Hotel at Taba on the basis of unchecked assurances, which were made by the initiator of the hotel plan who claimed Israel had full rights to the area, according to former Foreign Ministry Director General David Kimche. Kimche, in an Israel Radio interview last week,… More ▸