Menachem Begin

  • Begin Remains at Home

    Premier Menachem Begin remained at home today, for the sixth consecutive day, raising speculation that ill health has prevented him from presenting his formal letter of resignation to President Chaim Herzog. The Army Radio observed today that despite denials, illness was the only reasonable explanation for the delay, now that the newly elected Likud leader,… More ▸

  • Begin Continues to Delay Submitting His Formal Resignation to Herzog

    Premier Menachem Begin is continuing to delay submitting his formal letter of resignation to President Chaim Herzog, despite the fact that he announced his resignation two weeks ago and that his Herut Party elected Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir to succeed Begin as party leader. Begin had been expected to hand in his formal resignation letter… More ▸

  • Begin Refuses to Name His Successor

    Efforts to nominate a successor to Premier Menachem Begin continued in high gear today as Begin rejected requests by Herut Party leaders that he personally nominate his successor to avoid a bitter contest between Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Deputy Premier David Levy. Begin reportedly told his Herut colleagues: “We live in a democracy and… More ▸

  • Infighting in the Herut Party to Name a Successor to Begin

    A fight to decide on a successor to Premier Menachem Begin has broken out within the top echelon circles of his Herut Party. Several hours after Begin told party stalwarts and other leading representatives of the Likud coalition that he will not reverse his decision to resign, Herut Cabinet ministers and senior party officials met… More ▸

  • Jewish Organization Representatives Praise Begin As an Outstanding Leader

    Representatives of leading American Jewish organizations, reacting to Menachem Begin’s decision to resign as Israeli Premier, today praised Begin as an outstanding leader who will be remembered for his dedication and commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Calling him “a great Jew,” Julius Berman, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of… More ▸

  • Begin Decides to Postpone Decision

    Under intense pressure from Likud ministers and party members, Premier Menachem Begin indicated today he would postpone temporarily a final decision on the resignation he announced to a stunned Cabinet yesterday. Such a decision remains unofficial until it is submitted to the President. Delegations of Likud activists come to Begin’s office, together with representatives of… More ▸

  • Redeployment of IDF Will Not Be Affected by Begin’s Move to Resign

    Premier Menachem Begin’s announcement of his intention to resign will have no effect on the redeployment of the Israel Defense Force from the Shouf mountain to its new line along the Awali River, the Defense Ministry said here today. The redeployment, delayed for a few days at the urging of the American and Lebanese governments,… More ▸

  • Kohl’s Scheduled Visit to Israel Unchanged by Begin’s Announcement

    The visit of West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to Israel, set for Wednesday, will take place as scheduled, despite Premier Menachem Begin’s announced plan to resign, a West German government spokesman said today. The Israel Embassy here said nothing has been changed by Begin’s announcement in regard to the visit by Kohl, his first as… More ▸

  • Labor Party Continues Low Profile in Aftermath of Begin’s Announcement

    The Labor Party continued to maintain a low profile in the aftermath of Premier Menachem Begin’s announcement of his intention to resign. The party’s central bodies were to meet this evening, but satisfaction was expressed in Labor Party circles this morning that the party had decided to go slow in issuing an official reaction to… More ▸