British documents reveal: Begin refused entry to U.K. in 1950s

07.07.2011                      05.Tammus, 5771

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British documents reveal: Begin refused entry to U.K. in 1950s

Declassified documents refer to Menachem Begin as 'leader of notorious terrorist organisation Irgun'.

Britain refused to allow Menachem Begin, "leader of the notorious terrorist organisation Irgun," to visit London in the 1950s, documents released by Britain's National Archives this week reveal.
During the British Mandate in Palestine, when he headed the right-wing underground militia the Irgun, Begin was a bitter opponent of Britain. But in the first half of the '50s, as head of the Herut faction in the Knesset, he sought to open a new leaf with the U.K. He intended to visit the country, meet Prime Minister Winston Churchill and even recommend that Israel be added to the British Commonwealth….