PRIME MINISTER MENACHEM BEGIN (ISRAEL) - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 16649
Sale Price $216.00
Menachem Begin signs a philatelic envelope commemorating the postponement of his meeting with President Carter on March 14.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "M. Begin" in English, 6½x3½. Commemorative Cover postmarked Washington, DC, Smithsonian Station, March 14, 1978 saluting Begin and Carter's postponed meeting on March 14. Born in Poland, Menachem Begin (1913-1992) reached British Palestine in 1943 to participate in the struggle for an independent state of Israel. He served in the Knesset from its first session. In 1973, the Likud Party was formed and Begin became its leader. When Likud won the elections in 1977, he became Prime Minister. The following year, Begin and Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat received the Nobel Peace Prize for the peace treaty they would sign the following year, after much of the Sinai was returned to Egypt. In June 1981, Begin asked the Cabinet to approve the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak. On Shavuot, Israeli planes flew below radar detection through Arab air space and destroyed the facility, which Israel later claimed had been primed for a start up. In 1982, Begin authorized the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In failing health and following the death of his wife, Aliza, Begin stepped down in September 1983. Fine condition.
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