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The First Modern Jewish Rebel: Menachem Begin’s The Revolt

In February 1944, the underground Irgun Zvai Leumi (Etzel) did something no other Jewish group had done since the Bar Kochba rebellion 1,800 years earlier: they rebelled against local rulers to liberate the Land of Israel. What motivated this unprecedented act of defiance? How did they overcome opposition by both British authorities and many fellow Zionists? Were they freedom fighters, as they declared, or terrorists, as depicted by their opponents? We’ll explore these questions through the fascinating memoir of their leader and future Israeli Prime Minister: Menachem Begin’s The Revolt.