AZL flag holder TransparentThe Irgun was a Jewish Zionist terrorist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948. It was an offshoot of the older and larger Jewish terrorist organization Haganah and political predecessor to Israel’s Herut (or “Freedom”) party, which led to today’s Likud party. Likud has led or been part of most Israeli governments since 1977. Irgun had its roots initially in the Betar youth movement in Poland founded by Jabotinsky and by the 1940s had transplanted many of its members from Europe and the United States to Palestine. It is best known for the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on 22th July 1946 which Menachem Begin ordered ; 91 people were murdered in the explosion including 28 Britons, the brutal murder of 2 British soldiers on 31st July 1947 and the Deir Yassin massacre, carried out together with Lehi (Stern Gang) on 9th April 1948


Irgun plot to fire bomb London from the air was thwarted by heroic pilot.

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