This New Film Will Show You Israel Through the Eyes of Menachem Begin

Director Jonathan Gruber tells Haaretz about his new documentary ‘Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin,’ which is at its strongest when it concentrates on the personal rather than the political

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Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in northern Israel in 1981.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in northern Israel in 1981. Credit: Hanania‏ Herman / GPO
Adrian Hennigan
Adrian Hennigan
Adrian Hennigan
Adrian Hennigan

Most of the iconic TV figures I can recall from my childhood in 1970s provincial England are easy to guess: Kojak, Doctor Who, Columbo, the Bionic Woman. But the figure whose face is most seared into my consciousness is that of Moshe Dayan – the former Israeli army general and defense minister who, if he’d appeared in any of the abovementioned shows, would surely have been cast as the charismatic villain.

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