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Avi Shilon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162356

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162356.001.0001

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King of Israel

King of Israel

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(p.348) Seventeen King of Israel
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Menachem Begin
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Avi Shilon

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300162356.003.0017

Three months prior to the 1981 elections, public opinion polls showed that Menachem Begin's Likud party would lose to Hamaarach by more than twenty-five percent. Three weeks before, the two parties were expected to figure in an extremely tight race. Begin launched a tirade against Hamaarach, the Arabs, and the Gentiles, especially the Germans. A week after Israeli forces bombed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq, Begin spoke at a meeting in Netanya and was greeted by more than 10,000 enthusiastic fans who chanted “Begin, King of Israel.” He talked about the missiles deployed by Syria in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley and the efforts of American mediator Philip Habib to settle the dispute between Israel and Syria.

Keywords:   elections, Menachem Begin, Likud, Hamaarach, nuclear reactor, Iraq, missiles, Syria, Philip Habib, Israel

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