Although it was difficult for PM Menachem Begin to take the major steps towards peace with Egypt, he indeed reached a peace agreement with one of Israel's significant adversary. Getting over the hurdle of that risk for peace promoted PM Begin as a heroic figure despite the tragic and controversial activities of his past with the Irgun during the British Mandate, the casualties of the Lebanon War, etc. This is a very different period from that when PM David Ben Gurion refused to capitulate to the U.S. sentiments just before the unilateral declaration of Israel's independence in 1948, even at the advice of his foreign minister, Moshe Sharett. That type of perseverance is unlike the attitude of the present government - which is essentially delaying the necessary steps to achieve a necessary peaceful settlement with the Palestinians. Either they want to preserve Israel as a Jewish state or not, because the changing demographics and its global reputation are not in its favour.
Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy (AP)
from the article: Netanyahu leaves U.S. disgraced, isolated and weaker