The Knesset on Wednesday commemorated the passing of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin 21 years ago. Acting Knesset speaker MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer spoke about Begin's impact on the country, saying:
"Today, we mark 21 years since the death of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. In the Irgun, his command was a very important part in the establishment of the state. Begin cared so much about the fate of the Jews and wanted unity. For a number of complicated years, Begin stood at the head of the opposition and it was not an easy task, however he governed responsibly. Even as the head of the opposition he demonstrated leadership and exceptional charisma. As prime minister he impacted two main areas of our lives: social and political. "