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Telegram from opposition leader Begin thanking Prime Minister Eshkol for the government decision to bring the remains of Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky to Israel for reburial
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March 15 1964
Telegram from Menahem Begin to Levi Eshkol, praising Eshkol for his decision to bring Jabotinsky's remains for reburial in Israel Ze'ev Jabotinsky passed away suddenly on August 4, 1940. He was buried in Long Island, not far from the summer camp where he died. The Zionist statesman had written a will five years earlier. In it he requested that his remains be brought for burial in the Land of Israel only at the request of a future sovereign Jewish government in the Land of Israel. With the establishment of the Jewish state, Jabotinsky's disciples and family members appealed to the prime minister to assist them in fulfilling the beloved leader's last will and testament. But David Ben-Gurion, who had been one of Jabotinsky's staunchest political rivals, adamantly refused. When Levi Eshkol was appointed prime minister, the efforts in this matter were renewed. On March 15, 1964, Eshkol officially announced that he had instructed the government to bring Jabotinsky's remains for reburial in Jerusalem. As soon as the government's decision was announced, Menahem Begin, who was perhaps Jabotinsky's most prominent follower, wired a telegram to the prime minister. It was an impassioned message of praise and gratitude to Eshkol for his symbolic act of reconciliation, which, it was hoped, would help foster unity between Israel's two most antagonistic political camps. The remains of Ze'ev Jabotinsky and his wife Johanna were brought to Israel and reburied on Mt. Herzl on July 9, 1964, 24 years after Jabotinsky's passing.
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National State Archives, ג-6380/7
 
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