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  • 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 ▸

  • Begin Indicates He Might Return to Active Politics

    Former Israeli Premier Menachem Begin was quoted here tonight as saying there was a likelihood that he would return to active politics, but that he had not finally decided on a date. In an interview to appear in tomorrow’s Jewish Chronicle, Begin also spoke freely on a number of Middle East issues, including Lebanon, and… More ▸

  • Begin Reported to Be Renewing Interest in Political Developments

    Former Premier Menachem Begin, who has lived in virtual seclusion since his surprise resignation more than a year ago, has begun to show interest in political developments and has had a number of meetings recently with several of his former colleagues. According to Yediot Achronot, Begin met this week with former Finance Minister Yoram Aridor… More ▸

  • Begin Leaves Hospital

    Former Premier Menachem Begin left Shaare Zedek Hospital today after a three-week stay during which he underwent surgery for a prostate condition. He appeared to be in good health though wan, and in good spirits. The fact that he spoke to the news media and allowed himself to be photographed immediately raised speculation that Begin… More ▸