Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JPost Report on My Appearance at Begin Memorial

The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday evening's Likud Anglos' Menachem Begin memorial event here:

Edelstein: Hasbara activists can learn from Begin

I posted pictures here and I am quoted so:

Returning to the issue of semantics, Yisrael Medad, director of information resources at the Begin Heritage Center, told attendees, “We don’t have ‘settlements,’ we have ‘Jewish communities.’” He also objected American leaders’ description of those communities as “illegitimate” because, “It tells the enemies of the Jews that you are an outlaw, and it allows Jewish blood to become cheap. If you’re ‘illegitimate,’ it means people can kill you.”

Begin believed former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was a true partner for peace – despite disagreements that arose during negotiations – and he felt he could agree to a withdrawal from Sinai because unlike Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem, Sinai was not included in the mandate the League of Nations assigned to the British for a Jewish national home.

Medad also reminded audience members that Begin supported Palestinian autonomy, but not statehood.

Begin held out hope that a period of autonomy “would convince them that they’re better off with us,” said Medad.


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