Menachem Begin

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Begin, Menachem

(mĕnä`khĕm bā`gĭn), 1913–92, Zionist leader and Israeli prime minister (1977–83), b. Russia. He became (1938) leader of a Zionist youth movement in Poland, where he also earned a law degree. Begin went to Palestine in 1942; there, he headed the Irgun, a militant organization that fought against the British Mandate authorities. After 1949 he sat in the Knesset, where he led the opposition to the Labor party. In May, 1977, Begin's right-wing Likud party defeated Labor for the first time, and Begin became prime minister. He shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Egyptian President Anwar al-SadatSadat, Anwar al-
, 1918–81, Egyptian political leader and president (1970–81). He entered (1936) Abbasia Military Academy, where he became friendly with Gamal Abdal Nasser and other fellow cadets committed to Egyptian nationalism.
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 as a result of the Camp David accordsCamp David accords,
popular name for the peace treaty forged in 1978 between Israel and Egypt at the U.S. presidential retreat at Camp David, Md. The official agreement was signed on Mar. 26, 1979, in Washington, D.C.
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. In 1982, Begin authorized a massive invasion of LebanonLebanon
, officially Lebanese Republic, republic (2005 est. pop. 3,826,000), 4,015 sq mi (10,400 sq km), SW Asia. The country is bordered on the west by the Mediterranean Sea, on the north and east by Syria and on the south by Israel. The capital is Beirut.
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 in order to destroy military bases of the Palestine Liberation OrganizationPalestine Liberation Organization
(PLO), coordinating council for Palestinian organizations, founded (1964) by Egypt and the Arab League and initially controlled by Egypt.
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 (see Arab-Israeli WarsArab-Israeli Wars,
conflicts in 1948–49, 1956, 1967, 1973–74, and 1982 between Israel and the Arab states. Tensions between Israel and the Arabs have been complicated and heightened by the political, strategic, and economic interests in the area of the great powers.
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). The war caused intense domestic and international pressure and failed to achieve Israel's principal aims. Begin resigned from office in 1983.


See A. Perlmutter, The Life and Times of Menachem Begin (1987).

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Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, left, US President Jimmy Carter, centre and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on March 26, 1979.
This figure is seriously contested by the opponents of Irgun who assert that the movement, headed by Menachem Begin, has the support only of two extreme social groups--the small stratum of the wealthy and the unskilled poor elements among the Oriental Jews.
1979 Jimmy Carter with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (right).
As Carter takes us down his own personal memory lane, he speaks of his thorny relationship with former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
Similarly, when president Jimmy Carter called for a regional conference at Geneva in 1977, seeking a comprehensive peace agreement, Egypt's president Anwar Sadat bucked such regional diplomacy by going alone to Jerusalem and securing a bilateral settlement in 1978 with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin.
Menachem Begin was the commander of this terrorist organisation.
He's pictured with US President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Milk churns were used to house the bomb made by Irgun Zvai Leumi, terrorist outlaws led by Menachem Begin - who was safely hidden in his Tel Aviv den, 42 miles away from all the action, blood and anguish.
They massacred Arab villages notably Dir Yassin in 1948 - their leader was Menachem Begin who became Prime Minister in 1977.
The American-born Gorenberg--who moved to Israel around the time settler patron Menachem Begin was elected--meticulously recounts the genesis of the settlement movement, tracking a sort of creeping chaos.
Fellow Jewish resistance movement Irgun - later headed by future Israeli premier Menachem Begin - had also conducted a violent campaign against British rule.
He cited late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin as a hardliner who was able to reach peace with Egypt in 1978 and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who pulled Israeli troops from Gaza.