Shmuel Katz has passed away.
Born in South Africa in December 1914, he was in his 94th year. He was a Betari, a confidant of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a member of the High Command of the Irgun, elected to the first Knesset, Zionist thinker, author and ideologue. He had been in an old-age home for the past few years and just two months ago, underwent an operation caused by blood circulatory problems and then developed pulmanory difficulties.
He published several books, notably "Battleground" and "Lone Wolf" (a biography of Jabotinsky). He wrote columns in the Jerusalem Post and Ma'ariv for years. In fact, he asked me to begin working on a second anthology (I edited the first one, "Battletruth") that would cover the years 1982-2008. I had collected some 450 articles but I didn't manage to get through them on a re-reading so as to present him with my selection.
I had known Moekie for over 35 years. His work in the framework of the Land of Israel Movement was crucial to the retention of Judea, Samaria and Gaza and the revenant efforts that proved successful. His fight with Menachem Begin over the autonomy plan was also a major contribution to Jewish rights in the Jewish homeland.
His couch at his old apartment at 155 Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv was my bed on many occasions. But more importantly, his sagacious advice, his amazing insight, his complete and total determination and commitment to Israel's security, its standing in the world and his relentless criticizing of the foibles of the great will sorely be missed.
May his memory be for a blessing for all Am Yisrael.