Lot 12: Typed Letter From Menachem Begin, Israel's Nobel Peace Prize Winning Prime Minister
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October 26, 2016
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Description: Typed Letter Signed by Menachem Begin, Israel’s Nobel Peace Prize Winning Prime Minister********** BEGIN, MENACHEM. (1913-1992). Nobel Prize-winning Israeli prime minister. TLS. (“M. Begin”). 1p. 8vo. Tel Aviv, November 25 1964. On his Knesset stationery. To Dr. Chaim Brownstein. In Hebrew with translation. ********** “Following your letter from November 11, 1964, I hereby inform you that Dr. Viznitcher’s reply regarding my inquiry about your medical-labor problem has arrived. Dr. Viznitcher explained to me that although you have requested to be accepted at the LOLA (?) clinic in Haifa in the past, he has been informed about your illness and has not been in touch with you since. By my request Dr. Viznitcher discussed the matter with Mr. Melech, head of the clinic, who decided that, at this time, there’s no open position for doctors at the clinic. I will continue to write Dr. Viznitcher and ask that in case a position will become available in his and Mr. Melech’s institution, you will be contacted and they will do all they can to employ him…”********** A militant Russian Zionist, Begin survived torture in Lukiškės Prison and enforced labor in a Russian gulag, eventually settling in the British Mandate of Palestine. There he became a prominent leader in the Jewish uprising agitating for British withdrawal from the region. After the founding of Israel, Begin became an outspoken and indefatigable member of the opposition party in the Knesset until his election as prime minister in 1977. Begin was awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the Camp David Accords. Begin remained prime minister until 1983 when he was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin. ********** On August 3, 1964, the Sixth World Assembly of the Israel Medical Association was held in Haifa. On the final day, Israel’s deputy minister of health spoke about a shortage of nurses and paramedical staff, especially in outlying and newly developed areas and in light of population growth. ********** Folded and lightly creased; in fine condition.