“I CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE”
MENACHEM BEGIN’S LAST YEARS (2006)
46’ 27” Minutes
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In June 1981, shortly before Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad was to go into operation, Begin ordered Israel's Air Force to demolish it. The raid ended successfully and Begin was at his peak: He won the general elections and started his second prime ministry term.
One year later, in the summer of 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. “We went to war according to Begin’s plan. It was a limited operation, limited in scope and limited in the range of the incursion”, recalls Brig. Gen. Azriel Nevo, Begin’s Military Secretary, and Ha’aretz columnist, Uzi Benziman adds: “I am convinced that the PM meant only two days of war, 48 hours, and only 40 kilometers”. Begin himself told a press conference: “If we achieve the 40 kilometers from our northern border, we will have achieved our goal”.

On the first day Begin went up to a Northern Command outpost and spent the night there, on Mount Canaan. “He spoke to his wife on the phone and told her that it would all be over in two days”, recalls Government Secretary, Arye Naor, “meaning that he saw it as a short, quick, elegant operation, that he had a goal for which he could get a broad consensus and international acceptance.”


But soon the war escalated to an invasion of Beirut itself, Israel’s first incursion into an Arab capital, and Begin was deeply troubled by the high death toll. “Every morning I spoke to him at around five o’clock, and I would tell him how many were killed,” recalls Brig. Gen. Nevo. “I always heard a heavy sigh over the phone. Every soldier that died was a terrible blow for him. He was stone-faced and you wouldn’t get any feedback, but he understood very well what he had been told. He felt a sense of failure, and to a great extent blamed himself for the great number of soldiers we lost”.

The war caused intense domestic and international pressure on the PM and failed to achieve Israel's principal aims. Rumors were spread that Defense Minister Sharon had conducted operations without receiving the Prime Minister approval. Begin appeared in Television and denied the rumors but the political crisis intensified.

The Sabra and Shatila Massacre in September 1982 was a turning point, as the government approved the investigation committee recommendation that Defense Minister Ariel Sharon would be relieved of his duties.

Two month later, in November, Begin suffered a further crushing blow when his devoted and beloved wife, Aliza, died while he was away on an official visit to Washington DC. The Prime Minister health condition deteriorated and he suffered from Dressler’s Syndrome (Pericarditis, in which the immune system creates an inflammation of the heart mantle). In order to decrease the effect of the attack on his immune system, Begin was treated with steroids, which often influences the patient’s mental and intellectual abilities, and in Begin’s case it caused a deep depression. The Prime Minister shut himself at his official residence and faded out from public life.

Following more then six month of withdrawnness, pains and depression, on September 1993, Begin assembled his ministers and assistants, made the famous declaration  “I can not take it any more” and resigned.

“I remember holding my head in my hands, thinking about what happened to us, about this difficult experience”, recalls Uri Porat, the PM’s Media Counselor.  “Suddenly I had the feeling that someone was staring at me, I looked up and I saw standing next to me the Prime Minister, Menachem Begin himself, and he said to me, ‘Uri, what’s wrong? Aren’t you feeling well? Why the long face?’ So I told him, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, this is a sad day. Something has happened.” Then he said, ‘Uri, in life, all the good things pass,’ and while I was wondering if this was all the great man had to say, such a banal statement... ‘All the good things pass,’ he turned around and said, ‘but so do the bad things,” and he walked away. A few minutes later I walked him to his car, he didn’t speak to us until he was in the car. He was at peace with his decision and the step he took”.

Menachem Begin spent the rest of his life in seclusion, glimpsed in public only rarely. He died March 9, 1992, after 9 years of almost total recluse, and was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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I Can Not Take It Any More
The Tragic Last Years of Menachem Begin's Life (For personal view only)

Running time: 52 Minutes
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PRODUCTION TEAM

Cameraman: Danni Barnea
Cameramen Assistant: Yaron Levinson
Sound Recordings: Ilan Rosenberg

Sound Track Design: Noam Spiegel
Off-line Editor: Shira Gal
On-Line Editor: Yaron Lev
Makeup: Lilac Mann
Production Assistant: Tal Shalev

Producer: Abraham Kushnir
Produced by Tura Communications Ltd

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EXTERNAL LINKS

Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem
http://www.begincenter.org.il/

mahalo – Menahem Begin
http://www.mahalo.com/menachem-begin

Nobel Prize Laureate (Nobel Peace Prize 1978)
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes

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