Dave, I see that you carry some burning anger towards the settlement enterprise. It was indeed a terrible mistake from the start but, to be honest, Likud is much more culpable than Labor. Until 1977, when Likud came to power, Labor's settlement policy was based on the Allon Plan, settling in limited areas that, they expected, would remain part of Israel. In addition, there were a few other settlements where Gush Emunim succeeded in establishing themselves despite government objections (and lack of courage to evict). Likud opened the entire Yesha to settlements, a historic mistake. Since 1977, the dominant party was Likud. Even when Labor returned to rule, it was for one term only. You can see that they had to feel politically vulnerable and were unable to dismantle settlements. (Rabin had an opportunity to remove the Hebron settlers after Goldstein. It was a shame for him not to do it.) Regarding Rabin's lack of human compassion, this trait happens to be shared by all the military Generals that came to be PMs, and is probably shared by most other Generals. It must be their upbringing as warriors from young adulthood. Barak is notorious for this. But let us not forget the Grand Master of these, Ariel Sharon himself. Sharon is well known for inflicting many more civilian casualties than were required in the "retribution" actions that his unit undertook. His most infamous contribution in this regard was the Sabra and Chatilla massacre (1982), where he allowed the Christian Falange to enter the refugee camps knowing full well what the result would be. The Labor party is still dominated by Generals, people with no deep social concerns. (Peres too is security-oriented and Peres-oriented.) They can only renew themselves with the rise of a civilian leadership.
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