ZE\'EV BINYAMIN BEGIN, (Hebrew : זאב בנימין בגין,
born 1 March 1943) is an Israeli geologist and politician . He is a
member of the
Likud , and is the son of former Prime
* 1 Biography * 2 Political career * 3 Views and opinions * 4 References * 5 External links
Ze'ev Binyamin (Benny) Begin was born in
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
He subsequently led hardliners out of the
Likud with the hope of
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 Knesset with 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... 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."
* ^ \'Benny\' Begin leaving politics after poor showing in
elections Jewish News Weekly, 21 May 1999
* ^ Ex-cabinet minister