1. Amir attacked and murdered a living breathing person but his target was Israeli democracy and the rule of law -- the sentence is justified 2. The Altelena and its arms cache represented an attack on the concept of a unified democratic Jewish state and a clear message neede to be conveyed that Begin's militias must be disbanded or integrated into the start up IDF. (which ultimately occurred along with the left wing Palmach). However tragic, it was an appropriate though admittedly controversial action. Rabin was a loyal commander in the operation. 3. We should wish Abbas had the clarity of vision of Ben Gurion. 4. Bargouti is an external threat to Israel not an internal one. In my mind his fate is not a matter of principle but a political calculation based on expediency. If his release furthers the security of the state then it should be considered.
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from the article: Barak: Politicians today tainted by pre-Rabin killing incitement