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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-09-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. Pioneers Revered Hebrew

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During the American
Revolution, a movement
was launched to replace
English with Hebrew as the
official language of the new

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nation.
In 1776, anything associ-
ated with the British
monarchy had a bad taste to
the American rebels. He-
brew, on the other hand,
was held in high regard by
the former colonists, who
viewed it as the mother of
all languages, the key to the
scriptures and the cor-
nerstone of a liberal educa-
tion.
They had named their
towns after those cited in
the Bible, such as Salem
and Bethlehem, and their
children were named after
biblical figures.
Until 1817, annual
commencement ad-
dresses at Harvard were
delivered in Hebrew, and
at Yale the language was
required for freshmen.
Many lower schools also
stressed Hebrew.
Several members of the
new Congress reportedly
urged that English be
banned altogether and re-
placed by Hebrew. Though
the idea never caught on,
Hebrew remained a re-
quired course at many
major American univer-
sities well into the 19th
Century.

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Friday, September 11, 1982 115

What Makes Begin Tick: A Profile

Knesset. Like Ben-Gurion
he is a firm believer in a
presidential style of gov-
ernment.
Begin has become the
first Israeli leader to
achieve a peace agreement
with an Arab country.

By DR. YOEL COHEN

World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — It is five
years since Mr. Begin
crossed the floor of the
Knesset after 30 years in
opposition and took up the
mantles of premiership. But
to many people outside Is-
rael he remains an enigma.
Whereas many Jews
abroad are proud of the
forthright manner in which
Begin defends the interests
of Israel, some cringe at his
style. A Newsweek survey
last year of U.S. Jews found
that 53 percent thought
that Begin's policies were
hurting support for Israel
against 34 percent who did
not. The Jews rated the late
President Anwar Sadat of
Egypt to be higher as a
peacemaker than Begin. (A
Jerusalem poll during the
Lebanon war in June 1982
showed over 90 percent ap-
proval in Israel for Begin's
policies.)
If many foreign govern-
ments look to the day when
Begin is no longer prime
minister, the more impor-
tant matter of support for
him inside Israel has in-
creased. Elected in 1977 —
in an election which anti-
Beginists saw more as a pro-
test vote against Labor than
a vote for Likud — with 43
seats, the Likud improved
its position in the 1981 elec-
tions to 48 seats. And Is-
rael's invasion of Lebanon
has further appeared to
raise Begin's stature in Is-
rael.
Another Jerusalem
Post poll, conducted a
month after the initial in-
vasion, found that 51.5
percent of Israelis
thought that Begin was
the best prime minister.
His nearest rival as best
prime minister was Yit-
zhak Rabin with 12.7 per-
cent.
Begin in fact dominates
Israel's political scene and
one finds it hard to find any
other Israeli politician
capable of challenging him
today.
In terms of his personal-
ity, what others see as in-
flexibility he regards as a
commitment to a set of un-
shakeable principles. His
leadership derives from a
consistency of purpose, a
single minded determina-
tion, both a sense of mission
and an inner certainty of
being right, rather than
from intellectual stature.
He believes that he is
entrusted with the fate of
the "remnant" of the Jews
in the post-Holocaust era.
And to protect them he
practices a "never-again"
philosophy of taking any
necessary action against a
perceived enemy.
In a country where the
majority of the citizens
come from Arab lands
and favor a strong hand,
Begin speaks for the man
in the street, with the
Labor opposition ex-
pressing more educated
elements, many from
European backgrounds.
It is necessary to under-
stand Begin's background.
Born in Brest Litovsk in

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greet Prime Minister Menahem Begin during a visit to
the U.S.
to all
1913, he was arrested by the government endorsed the
Soviets at the outbreak of principle of territorial corn-
our friends
the Second World War and promise in negotiations
sent to a Siberian labor with the Egyptians under
and relatives
camp for advocating U.S. auspices.
His premiership has at-
Zionism. At one point dur-
KARL GUTMAN
ing his imprisonment tempted to give a greater
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guards kept him awake for role to the Knesset. Begin, a
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60 hours, but he still refused skilled speaker, endeavors
Lathrup Village, Mich.
to recant. When he was to spend as much time as his
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released he found that al- official duties permit in the
most his entire family had
been slaughtered by the
We wish our family and friends a
Nazis.
very
healthy, happy and prosperous
In his book, "The Revolt,"
New Year
on the Irgun underground,
he wrote that the Holocaust
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world for over 1800 years:
the fighting Jew," who
would never again give in to
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anti-Semitic enemies. He
was left with a strong
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Holocaust conciousness: the
and Family
world is against us, at best
indifferent. The Jews' exist-
ence is constantly in
danger.
His refusal to risk a
Palestinian state on the
West Bank is explained in
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terms such as "One third of
Our New Store At
the Jews were killed. Who
dares tell us what we need
for our own security. The
PLO and Arafat are Nazis
and a Hitler in disguise,
whose covenant is a new
`Mein Kampf.' "
If Begin, a lawyer by
profession, is a man of
principle, he is also a man
of integrity and honesty.
An observant Jew, Begin
kept scrupulously to his
promise that Israel
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would withdraw from
Sinai last April.
His strong nationalism
is part of his principles. In
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Poland he was the leader of
the. Jabotinsky Youth
Movement, Betar. After his
release from Siberia during
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Begin came to Palestine as a
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soldier in the Polish exile
army. Later he took over the
leadership of the Irgun Zvai
Farmington
Eastland
Leumi, which Jabotinsky —
478-1960
who remains as Begin's
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hero — had founded fight-
ing to expel the British.
After the establishment
Town Center
of the state, Begin founded
the Herut Party and headed
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its list of candidates for the
Knesset. He was in opposi-
tion continually until 1977,
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except for a three-year
period in Golda Meir's Na-
Happy, Healthy & Prosperous
tional Unity Government,
from which he resigned in
1970 in protest after the

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