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Begin 's
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israelis call
that day one year ago when Menachen
Begin became prime minister the
"mahapach," Hebrew for "the
The coming to power of the dapper
little man with the courtly manners of
the Old World and the reputation of a
terrorist amounted to nothing less than
a revolution. Not only Israel, but the
whole Middle East has been turned up-
side down.
BEGIN WAS carried into office by a
nation tired of 29 years of socialist rule,
exhausted by four wars and unending
tension, and debilitated by economic
Since then Egypt's President Anwar
Sadat has come to Jerusalem offering
peace and opening direct negotiations
for the first time. The euphoria of
Sadat's visit has dissipated as talks
have bogged down, but even critics who
blame Begin for the stalemate admit
the Arab-Israeli conflict can never be
the same.
Economically, Begin's conservative
government has overturned a
generation of socialist rule to introduce
a free market system. After five years
of stagnation, economists predict a 4
per cent growth rate this year, though
they say the upward trend began ap-
pearing under the former labor gover-
BUT EVEN supporters admit that
Begin, who was elected last May 17
over such domestic issues as a 40 per
cent inflation rate, has largely failed to
assert his leadership ouside foreign
The 64-year-old Polish-born prime
minister inherited the office from Yit-
zhak Rabin, a methodic, humorless and
pragmatic former army general.
Eloquent, polished, and occasionally
impulsive, Begin has shown the kind of
forceful leadership Israel has not seen
since the days of its drop-fisted founder
David Ben-Gurion or the matronly
Golda Meir.
BEGIN IS ALSO an ideologue, un-
bending on principle and willing to
maneuver only within the narrow limits
of his doctrines.
Among those principles is a firm
belief that the West Bank of the Jordan
River belongs to the Jewish state by
historical birthright. It is this notion
that has brought Sadat's peace
initiative to a standstill.
Begin's victory last year after eight
unsuccessful election campaigns stun-
ned his own Likud Party and shocked
foreign governments who feared his
unabashed nationalism would lead to
renewed conflict.
BEGIN HIMSELF claims he never
doubted his ultimate triumph. "I un-
derstand my election came as a sur-
prise. I apologize for the surprise," he
quipped at his first foreign news con-
Begin accompanies his oratory with a
keen wit. When heckled by the op-
position in Parliament, he holds up his
hands and says, "Patience, my friends.
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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 17, 1978-Page 11
irs year: An analysis

I was patient for 29 years."
"Begin is a political animal. He loves
polemics and a good debate," says a
friend. "He likes the action of being
prime minister."
The action has centered on the un-
precedented move toward an Arab-
Israeli peace and the ultimate surprise
was that a tough minded right-winger,
has brought Israel so close to a lasting
"BEGIN IS WHOLLY preoccupied
with foreign policy," says the friend.
"He is involved in every action. There
is nothing that the foreign minister or
defense minister does without his
knowledge, consent and approval."
As the Sadat initiative began to stall,
the Israeli leader came under heavy
U.S. pressure to concede to Egypt's
peace conditions, a wide-scale with-
drawal from Arab land captured in

1967, including the West Bank, and
allowing the Palestinians to decide
their own future.
Begin refuses point blank. He says
the Palestinians inevitably would
choose independence for the West
Bank, putting Israel in what he calls
"mortal danger" of attack within its
narrow pre-1967 boundaries.
Still, Israel's worst terrorist attack
ever-35 Israelis killed in a highway
massacre north of Tel Aviv-occurred
in Begin's first year. And as peace
nears, paradoxically, U.S.-Israeli
relations seem to worsen.
"The heavier the pressure on him,
the more resolute he becomes," says
the friend, who declined to be named.
"He pays attention to criticism and
takes it to heart, especially from frien-
ds, but he doesn't often change his

Begin: 'He likes the action of being
prime minister.'

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