This article deals with the disappearance of Menachem Begin, the leader and the chairman of the Herut movement and the sixth Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983). He disappeared from the political arena for about half a year: from the defeat of his party in the elections of the Second Knesset (26 July 1951) until the debate in the Knesset about the reparations from West Germany. Four central topics will be discussed: (1) the reasons for his disappearance; (2) his whereabouts and activities during that period; (3) the reason for his return to the political arena and the connection between his return and the debate about the reparations; and (4) the significance of this story for Begin's biography.
A Socio-political Alliance with the Right
Avi Bareli and Uri Cohen
opposition party after its relative electoral victory in 1951, when it became the second-largest party in the Second Knesset (20 mandates). This electoral victory, which occurred several years prior to the current dispute, and the General Zionists’ victory in
Between the ‘Good Person’ and the ‘Bad Citizen’
the Western middle class,” who “were opposed and even publicly protested, claiming that their skills (intellectual, of course) were not coming to expression in these units.” The Election Campaign for the Second Knesset and Its Outcomes In November 1950
Shas, Politics, and Religion
Ministry of Education, Shas established MHH, its ultra-Orthodox educational network for elementary school-age children ( Feldman 2013a ). The party’s standing improved during its second Knesset term (1988–1992) because its strength had increased by 50