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        5/9/2008, Iyar 4, 5768

      Former Herut MK Shmuel Katz, 93, Passes Away


      Shmuel Katz, who was a member of the first Knesset for the Herut party led by Menachem Begin, died Friday in Tel Aviv. He was 93. Katz, who was born in South Africa, was a fighter in the Etzel underground. He was put in charge of Etzel's information activity in Europe and helped organize the voyage of the arms ship Altalena, which was sunk by the Haganah off Israel's shores.

      He was an opinion writer and a historian, who wrote a biography of Zeev Jabotinsky's ("Jabo," 1993). In 1951 he left politics and managed the Karni book publishing firm. In 1967 he joined the Movement for the Complete Land of Israel. His best-known book, Admat Meriva, is considered to be a brilliant work describing the deep-rooted connection of the Nation of Israel to the Land of Israel.

      In 1977 he was asked by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to be his advisor on information dissemination. In 1978 he left the Herut movement, because of disagreements with Begin over the peace process with Egypt.

      Shmuel Katz