Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Menachem Begin: Hawk & Liberal Democrat

At the Israel Democracy Institute site:

Is it possible to be a nationalist hawk and a liberal democrat?

Two IDI scholars argue that the answer to this question is a resounding "yes."

Although some people in Israel hold nationalism and liberalism to be mutually exclusive, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was both a proud nationalist and an unwavering guardian of liberal principles.

Last month, the Jewish world marked the 20th anniversary of Begin's death. In honor of this occasion, IDI is pleased to present Menachem Begin on Democracy and Constitutional Values, a booklet by IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and IDI Researcher Attorney Amir Fuchs. Originally published in Hebrew on the eve of Yom Kippur, 2011, this fascinating booklet was distributed to thousands of readers of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper, and is now available in English.

Find out more here.


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