If Begin was so great, why didn't he make peace with Palestinians? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • tokugawa
    • 04.11.12 | 22:46 (IST)

    1948 could have been settled peacefully, if not for the terrorists on both sides. Begin led the notorious terrorist group Irgun, which was willing to kill innocent Jews, such as when the King David hotel was bombed. According to Albert Einstein and over 20 other Jewish intellectuals in a December 1948 letter to the New York Times, Begin was a fascist. The letter also denounced Irgun's involvement in the massacre at Deir Yassin. Benny Morris, who was the first Israeli historian allowed to review Israeli military records of the IDF and Haganah in 1988, said that rapes and mutilations had occurred at the Deir Yassin massacre in his book, "The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947 - 1949. Begin allowed the massacre of defenseless Palestinian refugees in Beirut in 1983 by giving Sharon a free hand there, and refused to follow the recommendation of the Kahan commission to fire Sharon. When Sharon did resign as Defense minister, he was allowed to remain in the Israeli Cabinet, again, despite the recommendation from the Kahan commission that Sharon should never again hold any government position. Begin made peace with Egypt because of the additional advanced weapons and additional financial aid he got from the U.S. Egypt also got considerable financial aid from the U.S. Peace with Egypt made Israel an even greater military power with even less incentive to make peace with the Palestinians, because Egypt, with whom Israel fought wars in 1956, 1967, and 1973, would now be neutralized as long as the treaty remained in force. And the treaty is still in force. The billion dollars in yearly U.S. financial aid is a very strong incentive for Egypt to maintain the treaty forever.

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