Menachem Begin

US-Israel In Crisis? Not Yet. Stay Tuned

A Wall Street Journal interviewer this week declared "the US-Israel relationship has hit new lows in the Obama era." 

If she had bothered reading this blog or my Washington Watch column, or had she even done a little bit research she'd have known better.

Worst Ever? Not Quite

There's much talk about how relations between the United States and Israel, especially between the two leaders, are worse than ever. 

Not quite.  For all the personal animus between Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu, and there certainly is a lot of it, they are at least still speaking to each other, which is more than could be said of George H.W.Bush and Yitzhak Shamir.  President Bush felt the prime minister had lied to him and refused to take his phone calls for quite a while.

Israel Armed Argentina During Falklands War, Book Reveals

04/27/2011

.BUENOS AIRES (JTA) -- An Argentinean journalist reveals in a new book that Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin agreed to help Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War as revenge for Britain's crackdown on the Irgun during the British mandate of Palestine.

"Operation Israel: The Reaming of Argentina During The Dictatorship," by Hernan Dobry, explains how Israel secretly supplied arms and equipment to Argentina, via Peru.

Efforts To Improve Security At Israel’s Ancient Cemetery

'People are afraid to be buried here, out of concern for their graves and their family members.'

02/23/2011
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Every time Menachem and Avraham Lubinsky, from Brooklyn, visit their parents’ graves at the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) cemetery in east Jerusalem, they feel it necessary to request an armed escort.

“I’ve been going to the cemetery for 25 years and I still feel fearful,” Menachem Lubinsky, a businessman, said in a telephone interview from New York. “One time kids threw rocks at me.

Arab homes have been built right next to — occasionally within — 3,000-year-old Mount of Olives cemetery. Photo: Michele Chabin

Begin, Rabin to Appear on New Israeli Bills

12/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The images of former Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin will appear on new Israeli currency.

Writer S.Y. Agnon and the poet Rachel have also been chosen for the honor.

The Bank of Israel announced the new series of banknotes, and its honoring of the political and cultural history of Israel, on Sunday.

The two prime ministers were chosen for signing peace treaties with Israel's neighbors, Begin with Egypt and Rabin with Jordan and an interim agreement with the Palestinians, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said.

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