Thursday, May 10, 2007

Begin Who?

In a story entitled, "Return of the Generals, Israelis start looking to ex-soldiers for leadership", Newsweek concludes its review of Israeli politics with this paragraph:-

...a general might well be voted into office — which could serve everyone's interest. The Jewish state has been down this road before. After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel had been caught unprepared by a major invasion, the electorate turned against the civilian prime minister, Golda Meir, who ultimately resigned. She was replaced by a respected military man, Yitzhak Rabin. And it was Rabin, of course, who eventually led the country to its first major peace treaty with the Palestinians.

That last sentence caught my eye.

So, I penned this letter and sent it off:-

Your May 7 report on Israel's politics notes that Yitzhak Rabin, remarkably a former general, led the country "to its first major peace treaty with the Palestinians". While true, the correspondents should have informed your readers that it was Menachem Begin, former Irgun pre-state underground commander who, almost 15 years earlier, achieved the first ever peace treaty with an Arab country, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stay tuned.

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