July 1964 | Begin works to bring Jabotinsky's bones to Israel
The Revisionist Movement Leader ordered in his will that his remains will be raised only by order of a Jewish government, but with the establishment of Israel, Ben-Gurion refused to take the necessary steps on the matter. After Levi Eshkol was elected to head the government, he agreed to Begin’s request and approved the transfer of Jabonitsky’s remains to Mount Herzl for burial, but stated that the country would not participate in financing the burial ceremony.
In July 1964, Jabotinsky’s remains were brought to Israel. Hundreds of thousands of people came to the funeral and accompanied the casket on its way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The emotional event was one of the turning points in the public attitude toward Begin, which became increasingly more positive and supportive.