Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Menachem Begin (help·info) (Hebrew: מְנַחֵם בְּגִין‎‎, Polish: Mieczysław Biegun, Russian: Менахем Вольфович Бегин, 16 August 1913 – 9 March 1992) was a politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before independence, he was the leader of the Zionist militant Irgun, the Revisionist breakaway from the larger Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah. He proclaimed a revolt, on February 1, 1944, against the British mandatory government, which was opposed by the Jewish Agency. He played a significant role in Jewish resistance against the British control in the waning years of the mandate, leading the more militant faction within Zionism. He was responsible[1] for the King David Hotel Bombing in 1946, which was for decades known as the deadliest terrorist attack of the 20th century.[2] Begin and his accomplices later justified their actions, saying they provided advanced warning that a bomb had been planted, which they claimed separated them from Islamic suicide bombers who provided no such warning.[3] Begin never shied away from the term “terrorist”, going so far as to refer to himself as one;[4] however, in one respect. He is known in academia as a founding figure of modern terrorism who set the mold which others, many of whose political opinions were diametrically opposed, would later employ.[5] LINK HERE


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