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    • Ilan Toren
    • 03.10.05 | 10:30 (IDT)

    I defend both Rabin's and Goldstein's good name for the same reason. Demonization is in my eyes "unfair" and I can't tolerate it. And for the same reason I would reject Kahane because I believe that Israel's Arab citizens need to be judged as individuals and not a some mass group. According to my source Goldstein was not a Kahanist, despite his adoption by Kahane's followers after his death. I don't think that anyone will ever know what his motivations really were, He did not confide them to anyone nor reveal it in writing. Whatever else Goldstein's actions were not within his normal behavior. He had a family and respected place in his community. He was an officer in good standing as well. He was in a state of depression and to me that sounds like the most reasonable of explanations. As I say, no one can say for sure. As for the connection between Hamas' policies and the massacre. That is speculation. Suicide missions are nothing new neither for Islamic nor palestinian terror. Hamas may have given the massacre as an excuse as they have tacked on other such excuses since. They are essentially a group of homicidal maniacs and not above lying. I do no doubt that it would have happened eventually regardless.

    from the article: The Rabin state
    First published 00:00 02.10.05 | Last updated 00:00 02.10.05
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