First elected to the Knesset in 1988 as a Likud MK, Benny Begin is Minister without Portfolio in the Israeli government. A critic of the Oslo Peace Process, he spoke to Fathom Editor Alan Johnson about the influence of his father, Menachem Begin, the character of his Zionism, and his scepticism about the Palestinians commitment to peace with Israel.
What influences formed your politics?
Why do you insist that Palestinian rejection of the Jewish state is the reason for the impasse in the peace process?
Is Israeli democracy under threat?
You are the Minister in charge of implementing the Prawer plan for Israel’s Bedouin population. What are you trying to achieve and how are you trying to achieve it?