Menachem Begin was a pragmatic politician as well as an ideologue with a clear vision and unyielding principles. In terms of impact on the character of Israel, he is second in importance only to David Ben Gurion. His style of leadership would not be appropriate for the Israel of today. In June 1992, three months after Begin's death, the Second Reversal took place when Haavoda, led by Yitzhak Rabin, returned to power and ended fifteen consecutive years of Likud rule. The following year, Israel signed a peace treaty with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Begin would have opposed the Oslo Accords, but these were similar to the agreement that he himself had conceived and signed along with the peace treaty with Egypt. The peace agreement with Egypt was Begin's greatest political achievement, but he will be ultimately remembered for putting his stamp on the Jewish character of the Israeli state.
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