May 1967 | Begin joins the National Unity Government

In May 1967, following the deterioration in the security situation and in light of the threat of an Arab war against Israel, Menachem Begin approached Levi Eshkol and requesteded that Ben-Gurion be included in the government in order bring renewed hope to the public. Eshkol had reservations, but requested to add Gahal to a National Unity Government, and Begin requested the defense portfolio be handed to Moshe Dayan.

On June 1st Begin began to join government meetings. On June 5th, the day the Six Day War broke out, he was sworn in as a minister without porfilio. His contribution was crucial in making the directive to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem and the decision to unite the city.

רה"מ לוי אשכול והשר בגין בביקור חיילים בדרום, צלם: משה מילנר, באדיבות לע"מ