The greatest sin of an Israeli PM is to appear weak, even if just for a moment. Bibi gave up Hebron on his first try. Barak retreated from Lebanon and the dream of all those lovely settlements south of the Latani. The second time around is meant to be so harsh and unyeilding that the memory of their moment of "weakness" is erased from history. This is why Olmert went nuts at every provocation, presiding over the two most vicious bloodbahs in recent history. Olmert may go down in history as a crook and a cheat, but, at least, he avoided the more serious sin of weakness. Bibi is currently searching for his moment of glory. Barak is only dreaming of his.
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