Menachem Begin: Peace and War

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2020
  • 85 min.
  • Director(s): Levi Zini
  • Producer(s): Avishai Peretz


This powerful film was produced in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and presents a surprising and unfamiliar portrait of Israel’s sixth prime minister. Menachem Begin led Israel for six dramatic and tumultuous years, which produced waves that are still felt deeply within the fabric of Israel’s social and political landscape. During Begin’s shortened one and a half terms of office, he faced a maelstrom of challenges and made a handful of fateful decisions that led to both creating peace and launching a hubristic war.

By exploring these events, the film depicts a multi-faceted portrait of a man who held on to an unwavering ideology full of conflicts, as well as the cultural mosaic and fissured society that he sought to lead. The film merges rare archival footage shown for the first time, as well as current interviews held with key figures during Menachem Begin’s time as Prime Minister.

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Levi Zini


Avishai Peretz


Levi Zini


Yoram Milo


Doron Djerrasy, Yotam Sas

Original Music

Tom Cohen

Original Language



English, Greek

Visual Research

Daniela Reiss Razon, Hagit Ben-Yaakov

Production Design

Ido Katsiri, Studio DoDo

Begin Letter read by

Daniel Steg

Festival Highlights

Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2021

JCC Manhattan, USA, 2021

Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2021

Boston Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2021

Palm Beach Synagogue , USA, 2021

Jewish International Film Festival, Australia, 2021

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2020

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, Virtual Cinema, 2020

Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

UK Jewish Film Festival, UK, 2020

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