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Friday, April 2, 2010

Inspiring New Site, Shmuel Katz

AFSI, Americans for a Safe Israel, has announced the opening of an internet site dedicated to the writings and work of the late Shmuel (Moekie) Katz.
The purpose of our site is to continue the work of Shmuel Katz (December 9, 1914 - May 9, 2008), the most clear-sighted political thinker Israel has ever produced. A native of South Africa who moved to Palestine as a young man, Katz dedicated his life to the Zionist cause. He worked closely with the leader of the Revisionist movement, Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotinsky, and served as a member of the Irgun high command. As such, Katz participated in many of the events that led to the creation of the State of Israel. He served as member of Knesset (1949-1951), but declined to further participate in party politics.


Unwavering in his principles, Katz resigned his position as advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin when Begin revealed his intention to abandon the Sinai and offer autonomy to the Arabs of Judea and Samaria --a plan which went against Katz's understanding of Jabotinskian principles. Katz spent the next decades outside the halls of power warning against the polices of appeasement pursued by successive Israeli governments, each seemingly intent on outdoing the other in leaving Israel bereft both of the strategic depth and the national will necessary for survival in the Middle East...

Shmuel was a good friend of ours, a modest man loyal to his principles.  I'm glad that his writings are now available online.

2 comments:

YMedad said...

Thanks for the mention.

I worked hard collecting the articles for the site.

Batya said...

Yes, and we should add the site to our blogrolls, of course.