Yerushalayim’s Begin Heritage Center is outraged at Prof. Avinoam Reches, who treated Menachem Begin when he was prime minister, for speaking of the leader’s alleged psychological problems, Jerusalem Post reported.
When Begin resigned in 1983 after the chaotic First Lebanon War and the death of his wife, Aliza, he publicly stated, “I cannot go on any longer.” Amid reports that he was suffering from depression, he lived in a rented apartment in isolation until his death in 1992.
Reches revealed that Begin also had mental issues while still serving as prime minister. He claimed that Begin received hormonal treatment that negatively impacted his functioning as a prime minister, adding that treatment for Begin’s depression may have led to bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by alternating manic and depressive moods.
In response to the Begin Heritage Center’s demand for clarification, Reches said that Begin’s precarious mental health was an open secret for decades and that all he said had already been already publicized. Besides, he said, the public has a right to know the state of health of its national leaders.