A Past That Is Certain

"We fight, therefore we are."

—Menachem Begin, as leader of the Irgun

He was always the outsider: as a Jewish youth in Poland when the Nazis were on the march; as leader of the Jewish underground organization, the Irgun, when the Jews were fighting the British in Palestine for their own state; as the opposition leader against the dominant Labor Party for 26 long years in the Israeli Knesset. When Menachem Begin triumphantly led his right-wing Likud coalition to an upset victory in 1977, he was a stubbornly independent leader who was unlike any the...

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