For Better or Worse, Begin’s Legacy Is Embedded in Israel's Economy

At some point we realized that those of us who pursued colorless careers in the army or at some bank - the ones we made fun of when we were 25 - did much better financially than those of us in the new economy. They have pensions worth millions and a safety net, and we don’t.

I was in seventh grade when Menachem Begin became prime minister; when he resigned and isolated himself in his home I was a soldier serving in Lebanon. My adolescence thus coincided with the period he was in power, making me and others my age “Begin’s children.” It was during his era that our political, social and economic awareness took shape.