Tel-Aviv: Etzel Museum



The Shlomo Lahat Promenade, a section of the very nice boardwalk that parallels the beach between Tel Aviv with Jaffa, is a great place to drink in the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of the Mediterranean.

A walk one evening there in Tel Aviv to the southern end of this promenade (just south of Charles Clore Garden and just before the start of Homat HaYam section of the promenade) led me to the Etzel Museum.

Following WWII and prior to the formation of the modern state of Israel, there were essentially three military groups that fought for Jewish interests in Israel: the Etzel, the Hagana, and the Lechi. Their leader, Menachem Begin, went on in later years to become a Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983). Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for their having signed a treaty of peace between Israel and Egypt.

The Etzel Museum, an exterior portion of which is pictured here, tells the story of the coming of Jewish War of Independence (Nov. 1947 – Sept. 1948).

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