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245 10 Menachem Begin:|bthe battle for Israel's soul|h[Hoopla 
       electronic resource] /|cDaniel Gordis. 
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511 1  Read by Walter Dixon. 
520    Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, 
       venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win
       the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a 
       conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both 
       complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin 
       was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze'ev 
       Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky's 
       Betar movement. A powerful orator and mesmerizing public 
       figure, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, 
       joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in 
       Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining 
       the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved 
       instant notoriety for the organization's bombings of 
       British military installations and other violent acts. 
       Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, 
       Begin's right-leaning Herut political party became a 
       fixture of the opposition to the Labor-dominated 
       governments of Ben-Gurion and his successors, until the 
       surprising parliamentary victory of his political 
       coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming 
       Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a 
       peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, 
       Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His 
       outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" 
       was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's 
       nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of 
       courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of 
       Lebanon to end the PLO's shelling of Israel's northern 
       cities, combined with his declining health and the death 
       of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the 
       next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 
       1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime 
       ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in 
       the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which 
       he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive 
       biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political
       figure whose influence continues to be felt both within 
       Israel and throughout the world. 
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