“Upheaval” by director Jonathan Gruber unearths the complicated legacy of Menachem Begin.
As the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more.
Often, as the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more. In Israel, this situation has been often characterized as the collusion of wealth, government and the media. Over the last two decades, the deterioration of the quality of governance in Israel has been pronounced: the former president, Moshe Katsav, has been just released from prison for rape and for sexual abuse; former prime minister Ehud Olmert is serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery; Likud former Minister of Finance Avraham Hirschson was convicted of embezzling millions of shekels from the National Workers Labor Federation and financial abuses in the March of the Living, pocketing a cut from the donations to promote group visits to Auschwitz; and with 11 more ministers indicted; the long list goes on. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his turn again at the center of several criminal investigations. Channel 2 television in Israel reported in February that police were ‘likely to recommend’ an indictment of Netanyahu.
The groups that vote in disastrous, incompetent leaderships time and time again, primarily lower income and less educated, are the ones who pay the heaviest price for the consequences, in resources and often in lives.
Yehuda Avner, a speechwriter and advisor to four Israeli prime ministers, has died.
As a Jew-versus-Jew battle raged on Israel’s shore in 1948, former Irgun foot soldier Malca Fein fought through the thick of it — and found the love of her life.
Israel’s sixth prime minister, Menachem Begin, came to power in 1977 in a political revolution. Biographer Daniel Gordis explores that history and its aftermath.
Amid the outpouring of tributes to Ariel Sharon, a few offer unexpected insights — some into the life and character of Sharon, others into the character of the writers, says J.J. Goldberg.
“Why Sandra Bullock as the voice of Golda Meir?” I asked Richard Trank, director of the documentary “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers” which opens October 18 at The Quad, in New York City.
Menachem Begin, who would have turned 100 on Aug. 16, aroused mighty passions. Admirers adored him irrationally, and detractors loathed him. All knew where he stood.