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Menachem Begin$
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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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(p.447) Epilogue
Menachem Begin

Avi Shilon

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   Menachem Begin, Israel, Second Reversal, Haavoda, Yitzhak Rabin, Likud, peace treaty, Palestine Liberation Organization, Oslo Accords, Egypt

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