In an impassioned speech, Menachem Begin, the leader of the Herut Party, staunchly opposes accepting $1.5 billion in German reparations for Jewish deaths caused by the Nazis during WWII. Nearly 15,000 Israelis, led by Begin, as part of a greater rally against the agreement with Germany, march in Jerusalem in protest. In the end, hundreds of protesters are arrested. Despite vocal opposition, the Knesset accepts German reparations, which gives the Israeli economy a much needed boost. (source)