Begin's Grandson: 'Murderous Blood Flows In Israeli
14 February 2010
By Gilad Atzmon
Palestine, February 13, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) -
"Murderous blood flows in Israeli arteries," says the
grandson of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem
Avindav Begin, who is also the son of the current
Likud Knesset member Benny Begin, refuses to stand
during the Israeli national anthem "Hatikva" and
participates in protests against the Apartheid Wall.
He does not see himself as a Jew or a Zionist and
believes that his grandfather did not make real peace
with Egypt. He also is not worried about being the
target of rotten eggs after his inflammatory interview
with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot.
The newspaper said in a lengthy report: "(Avindav)
Begin examines the psychological roots of the
Jewish-Arab conflict in his new book 'End the
Conflict,' which was published recently in both Hebrew
and Arabic. He suggests a radical solution to spare
all religious, national and ideological sectors,
encouraging everyone to live together as human beings.
Despite being brought up in a very nationalistic
family, and perhaps for this reason, he did not agree
with the theories of his father and grandfather.
The newspaper asked him:
Do you raise Israel's flag on its independence day?
I do not raise any flag, either the flag of
Israel or the flag of Palestine.
Do you stand when they sing "Hatikva"? No, because it makes no sense in my view.
Why do you live in Israel, then?
My family, sisters and brothers and friends are here.
How do you feel about the 700 people who were
killed in the 1982 war that was initiated by Israel
and led by your grandfather?
There were actually 30,000 Lebanese and
Palestinians killed, mostly unarmed people who cannot
be compared with Israeli soldiers because the people
did not fight at all. I think that there is no need
for any war, including the War of Nov. 6, 1973.
Do you think that the conflict will continue?
I protest in Bil'in (in the West Bank) because
I reside here, not in Kosovo, it is one hour from my
house. I want to remove the wall and bring Arnit back
to farm his field. (After reading an
advertisement on the Internet, Begin joined a protest
four years ago near the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in and
established a close relationship with Wajeyh Arnit, a
father of 10 children and a contractor who worked in
Israel. His son Rani was paralyzed by a bullet fired
by Israeli troops