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Menachem Begin
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World Leader
    (August 16, 1913-March 9, 1992)
    Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983)
    Established the right-wing Herut Party (later became Likud)
    Headed Zionist National Military Organization (aka Irgun and Etzel)
    Published ‘White Nights' and ‘The Revolt'
    He was criticized as being too radically militant and nationalist.
    As head of Irgun, he organized militant attacks against the British in an attempt to force them out of Palestine.
    He unsuccessfully ran for Prime Minister of Israel eight times before being elected (1977).
    He believed in a 'greater Israel' in which he pushed for and oversaw increased Jewish settlements in the heavily Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    He authorized Israeli troops to invade southern Lebanon, resulting in war between Israel, the PLO, Lebanon and Syria (1982).
    He had a long running feud with former Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
    His parents were both killed during the Holocaust.
    After Israel became a sovereign nation, he quelled his Irgun troops to prevent an Israeli Civil War.
    He signed the historic Camp David Peace Accord with Egypt's Anwar Sadat, handing over the Sinai Peninsula in return for peace.
    He and Sadat later won the Nobel Peace Prize for signing the peace treaty (1978).
    He was ordered to spend two years in a Siberian prison by Josef Stalin.
    He graduated Warsaw University with a law degree (1935).

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