Ze'ev Binyamin Begin, (Hebrew: זאב בנימין בגין, born 1
March 1943) is an Israeli geologist and politician. He is a member of
Knesset for Likud, and is the son of former Prime Minister of
Israel Menachem Begin.
2 Political career
3 Views and opinions
4 Personal life
6 External links
Ze'ev Binyamin (Benny) Begin was born in
Jerusalem to Aliza and
Menachem Begin. He studied geology at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies, he
worked for the Geological Survey of Israel. He completed his doctorate
in geology at
Colorado State University
Colorado State University in 1978.
First elected to the
Knesset in 1988 as a
Likud MK, Begin ran in the
Likud primary in 1993 to succeed
Yitzhak Shamir as party leader but
was defeated by Benjamin Netanyahu. Under Netanyahu's government
(1996–1999), Begin served as Science Minister until 1997 when he
resigned in protest against the Hebron Agreement.
He subsequently led hardliners out of the
Likud with the hope of
Herut political party founded by his father. With full
support from former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir,
Herut – The
National Movement departed from the
Likud and joined other right-wing
parties to form the National Union, an alliance opposing the Oslo
Accords. Owing to the National Union's poor showing in the 1999
elections, Begin resigned his seat and quit politics. He resumed
his career in science and education, and was appointed Director of the
Geological Survey of Israel.
Begin announced on 2 November 2008 his return to politics and the
Likud party, as well as his intention to seek a place on the Likud
list for the 2009 elections. He ultimately won fifth place on the
party's list, and returned to the
Likud winning 27 seats.
Netanyahu had promised Begin a ministerial position if
Likud won the
election and honored that promise by appointing Begin a Minister
without Portfolio in the new government.
Begin did not run in the 2013 elections, but returned to politics in
the 2015 elections running on the 11th place on the
Likud party list,
the spot reserved for a candidate appointed by party leader Netanyahu.
Following the elections, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio
in the new government. His term with the government lasted only 11
days. After Prime Minister Netanyahu convinced
Gilad Erdan to join the
government as Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and
Public Diplomacy, Begin was forced to resign as Likud's coalition
agreement limited the party to 13 ministers.
Views and opinions
In an interview in
Haaretz magazine, Begin explained his opposition to
a Palestinian state, proposing instead an Arab autonomy under Israeli
control, since "without security control in Samaria, Judea and Gaza
there will be no security in Tel Aviv, either." He concluded with his
belief that we must "live together with people who do not want
us...[and] behave humanely and decently both with the Israeli citizens
who are not Jews and with those who are not citizens. Is there a
contradiction between my nationalism and my liberalism? I believe that
this is a day-to-day effort to which I and he is obligated."
Begin is married, and had six children. One son, Yonatan, was a
fighter pilot with the
Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force who was killed when his F-16
fighter jet crashed in 2000. Another son, Avinadav, has become an
anti-Zionist activist out of a general anti-nationalist ideology, and
has engaged in pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
^ 'Benny' Begin leaving politics after poor showing in elections
Jewish News Weekly, 21 May 1999
^ Ex-cabinet minister
Benny Begin announces return to
Likud Haaretz, 2
^ Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister Haaretz, 1 April 2009.
^ Hofmann, Gil (2015-05-25). "Israel's answer to the BDS movement -
Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
^ 'Theater of the Absurd' Haaretz
Benny Begin on the
Thoughts of a National Liberal: an interview with
Benny Begin - Fathom
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