Rabin like Sharon received his leadership position from his dependability in military combat over the years. Both in the end saw the limit to what force would achieve with the Palestinians. What Israelis have failed to adequately comprehend is why after 1967 when the territories fell into their possession it became so easy for Labor Israel to abandon its ideology, how we were drawn into a situation where we could take out our former impotence on another people. Because even though I defend Israel 100% here in South Africa, it is clear to me from my years of living in Israel during the aftermath of the 6 day war and beyond that we became progressively desensitized to the abuses we were inflicting on the occupied and which were an inevitability. And did this ever have to be the policy? Of course not. It was a function of passion, history, ideology and politics. Ethics was quite down the list. But the doctrine of the Hagana keeps counterpointing with the Iron Wall amongst our military political leaders as they weary of war, and the question always becomes, have we not become convincingly strong enough. I think with Sharon, and the relative weakness of the Arab and Palestinian worlds we clearly have. So let us deal with the real threats wisely and next year find the Ha-aretz exchanges greatly elevated, as 5766 proves, whether there is exchanges of fire or not, more constructive in developments in Gaza, Galilee and beyond. May you all have a good year and be sealed into the Book of Life!
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