Netanyahu Says He Follows Begin´s Lead on Ulpana (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/10/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the principle guiding him
in the Givat HaUlpana affair is the one set down by Menachem Begin 64
years ago when fighting nearly broke out between the Etzel militia
and the IDF: Civil war must be avoided at all cost.
Netanyahu spoke Sunday at the memorial ceremony for the 16 Etzel
members and three IDF soldiers killed in the Altalena debacle 64 on
June 22, 1948.
The Altalena was a ship that carried weapons intended for the Etzel
(Irgun Tzvai Leumi) and which arrived at Israel´s shore a few weeks
after Israel declared independence.
A showdown between the ship and the IDF ensued, as Begin and Prime
Minister David Ben Gurion could not reach agreement on the precise
way in which the weapons would be divided between the Etzel and the
IDF. When the IDF began to shell the Altalena, Begin did not allow
the men on the ship to use the weapons it carried to fight back.
"Menachem Begin set down a principle – there will be no civil war,"
Netanyahu said. "The principle he set down at the dawn of our
independence has stood for 64 years. It is in force today; it is
always in force."
"We have one state, one regime, one law in the state of Israel. The
government and only the government determines the policy, and in the
state of Israel, the law binds everyone, including the government,
including the prime minister," he added.
"The government´s policy is clear: We strengthen the settlement
enterprise while respecting the law. We strengthen the settlement
enterprise in the face of a torrent of pressure from within and
without. We strengthen the settlement enterprise and we do so while
respecting the law and there is no contradiction between the two. On
the contrary, destabilizing the rule of law will hurt the settlement
enterprise and weaken it. Respecting the rule of law strengthens it.
Menachem Begin understood this during Altalena and afterward, and we
understand it well today." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/10/12)
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