Rabin was willing to employ diplomacy, while Sharon is a man of force only. Rabin entered into the Oslo agreement, a diplomatic breakthrough. The plan, no doubt, contained some mistakes, especially since it was a multi-step plan, modelled after the Begin/Sadat peace agreement which provided for a Palestinian autonomy for 5 years. Rabin, the over-cautious man, thought this would buy him the Likud consent (which it did not). The long implementation period gave the extremists, Israeli and Palestinians alike, many opportunities to undermine Oslo. Sharon, on the other hand, has little use for diplomacy. Since coming to power he set for himself one goal only: extiguish terror. Sharon does it by force, and more force. Of course, this is not successful because the roots of the problem are not dealt with. Even when Sharon has decided, belatedly, to disengage from Gaza, he did it "unilaterally", with no diplomatic components. The Palestinians were not even required to keep the place "demilitarized". If the PA smuggles in a tank, it will not be violating any agreement! Sharon is now running for reelection. He is expected to win. If he serves his full term, there would be 9 long years of Sharon without any progress on the diplomatic front. This would be a shame.
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