In Israel, it became common for retired Generals, especially former Chiefs of Staff, to become leading politicians. This is unfortunate, because they carry with them the military mindset, as seen in Ashkenazi's "learned lesson", which makes them unfit to be politicians. Let us look at the record of some recent PMs: 1. Rabin in his first term (1974-7) was a failure, replaced by Likud, and waited 15 years for a second chance. 2. Sharon was forced to resign (1982) after Sabra-Chatilla and his own Lebanon war, and waited 17 years for a second chance. 3. Barak lost as PM after less than 2 years (2001) and is still dreaming of his "second coming". Barak may be a hopeless case because, unlike the others who learned over time, he keeps repeating his mistakes; see the recent "flotilla" and Cast Lead where excessive force caused the initiation of UN investigation. Israel will reach healthier times when both the PM and Defense Minister will be civilians with the talent to do their jobs.
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