My first emotion to Levy's article was to come to Rabin's defense. I think that coming up to the anniversary of Rabin's assasination and the High Holidays it is pretty low behavior on Levy's part (and totally in his character). I think that Rabin like the other Prime Minister he most resembles, Golda Meir, had basic good intentions, albeit very sectorial. I think that Oslo was in the end analysis a disaster, but I can see how Rabin could convince himself otherwise. On the other hand Levy points out the gap between the "mythic" Rabin of today and the real man. The Rabin cult like the cults surrounding the late Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav seem to the uninitiated very strange. We lack that irrational empathy and are left outsiders to the messianic fevor. That this cult is kept up for political purposes does a disservice to the memory of Rabin and prevents him entering into our common history.
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)
from the article: The Rabin state