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  • 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 ▸

  • Menachem Begin, Celebrating 75th, Hints He May Break His Seclusion

    Former Premier Menachem Begin celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday amid rumors that he might break his five-year seclusion and perhaps even take part in Likud’s election campaign. In an interview on army radio Sunday, Begin said he might speak out on his position on the war in Lebanon, but he did not say under what… More ▸

  • Binyamin Zeev Begin: a Chip off the Old Herut Bloc

    Binyamin Zeev Begin, who for years refused to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, former Premier Menachem Begin, said that he entered politics because Israel is at a crossroads, “and very serious decisions have to be made” in the near future. The 45-year-old Begin, who captured seventh place on Herut’s upcoming election slate… More ▸

  • Herut Party Catapults Netanyahu, Begin to Top of Its Knesset List

    The Herut Central Committee propelled two young party activists to the forefront of the party in the first round of balloting for the party’s election slate of Knesset members. Benjamin Netanyahu, a career diplomat and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, took the No. 1 spot with 1,408 votes from the 2,000-plus member Central… More ▸

  • Pale and Thin, 74-year-old Begin Prays at Wife’s Grave

    Former Premier Menachem Begin made a rare public appearance Friday — at the Mount of Olives cemetery to recite “Kaddish” at the grave of his wife Aliza on the fifth anniversary of her death. Begin, 74, looking pale and thin, walked to the grave on the arms of his daughters Hassia and Leah. He was… More ▸

  • Begin’s Son Slams Sharon

    Benjamin Begin, son of former Premier Menachem Begin, has renewed his attacks on Ariel Sharon, who was his father’s Defense Minister before and during the Lebanon war. An interview in the Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha’ir quoted the younger Begin as describing Sharon as “a non-positive development which will jeopardize the ability of Herut to recruit… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Begin Believed to Be Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who has been living as a recluse since his abrupt retirement two years ago, is believed to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The suggestion that Begin is suffering from it, current among responsible medical circles, provides the first credible explanation of why Israel’s charismatic leader, who revelled in politics,… More ▸

  • Begin Makes Rare Public Appearance, Visits Grave of Wife Aliza

    Former Premier Menachem Begin visited the grave of his wife Aliza on the third anniversary of her death this week. It was one of his rare ventures from his suburban Jerusalem home where he has lived in virtual seclusion since his resignation in September, 1983. Dozens of press photographers were present at the Mount of… More ▸

  • Former Aide to Begin Says Sharon Must Be Removed from Public Life

    A former close aide to Premier Menachem Begin and a key member of the Herut Party’s young generation believes that Ariel Sharon must be removed from public life. Now that the Israel Defense Force has almost completed its withdrawal from Lebanon, Sharon, the man who got Israel into that quagmire in the first place, has… More ▸