The Fanatic Right in Israel

The Fanatic Right in Israel

In the early 1950s, right-wing extremist groups in Israel were peripheral, their members regarded as outcasts. For example, the Zerifin underground, composed of some former fighters from Lehi (the Stern gang) and Etzel (Irgun, the Begin-led Revisionist underground), was caught after a few actions such as its attempt to blow up the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv. It collapsed quickly after its principal activists were tried and sentenced. The new state of Israel soon eliminated the remains of the pre-state extremist right.

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