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Menachem Begin

Avi Shilon


Menachem Begin, father of Israel's right wing and sixth prime minister of the nation, was known for his unflinchingly hawkish ideology. And yet, in 1979 he signed a groundbreaking peace treaty with Egypt for which he and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat received the Nobel Prize for Peace. Such a contradiction was typical in Begin's life: no other Israeli played as many different, sometimes conflicting, roles as Begin, and no other figure inspired such sharply opposing responses. Begin was belittled and beloved, revered and despised, and his career was punctuated by exhilarating highs on the one ... More

Keywords: right wing, Israel, prime minister, Egypt, Anwar Sadat, Nobel Prize for Peace, David Ben Gurion, Lebanon War, leadership, Menachem Begin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300162356
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300162356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avi Shilon, author