Biographers of Begin have noted that a main element in his worldview was the belief that the entire biblical Land of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, and they are entitled to settle in any part of it by right. He saw no contradiction between this belief and another strand of his ideology – his devotion to democracy and the rule of law. The Israel State Archives published several documents on this subject on our website in March 2012, to mark the 20th anniversary of Begin's death.
In the photograph below you can see Begin and Minister of Finance Simha Erlich with the Attorney-General, Prof. Yitzhak Zamir. Under Begin, the Attorney-General sat in on most government meetings.
|Photograph: Chananiah Herman, Government Press Office|
At the same time, he was anxious to find another site for the settlement on government land, which would be approved by the legal authorities. Eventually the Elon Moreh settlement group moved to its new site at Mt. Kabir.
|The new settlement, 10 January 1980|
Photograph: Chananiah Herman, Government Press Office