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Menachem Begin

  • Begin Fails to Attend Memorial Service for His Late Wife

    Former Premier Menachem Begin failed to attend the memorial service on Mt. Olives last Friday to mark the first anniversary of the death of his wife, Aliza. Begin’s children. Premier Yitzhak Shamir and his wife Shulamit, dozens of friends as well as journalists did show up, however, for the 15-minute ceremony. Begin was known to… More ▸

  • Attorney General Says Further Delay by Begin in Submitting Formal Resignation Could Be an Inpropriet

    Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir issued a legal opinion last night indicating that further delay by Premier Menachem Begin in submitting his formal resignation could constitute an impropriety. But Zamir made it clear that the two weeks which have elapsed since Begin announced his intention to resign are a “reasonable” and “acceptable” period under the law… More ▸

  • Begin Officially Resigns: Hands in His Resignation to Herzog

    Menachem Begin offically resigned as Prime Minister Thursday. His formal letter of resignation was delivered to President Chaim Herzog by Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor. A spokesman for Begin told reporters that the 70-year-old Israeli leader has a facial rash and, being unable to shave, did not want to appear before the President. But speculation was… More ▸

  • 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 ▸