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    • Ben Gurion
    • 02.10.05 | 18:20 (IDT)

    It is a Jewish tradition, and perhaps a universal one, to lionize people after their death. As the popular saying goes (based on the order of Torah portions: Acharei mot, Kedoshim (After death, Holiness). I liked Rabin as a soldier, not as a statesman. His "breaking the bones" technique of dealing with stone throwers (when Rabin was Defense Minister in the Shamir government) was appalling, and the general outcry it caused brought about a quick end to this shameful policy. The policy highlighted one lack in Rabin's personal character, he was strangely devoid of human feelings and compassion. Incidentally, the man Rabin promoted and mentored, Ehud Barak, suffers from this problem even more than Rabin. I mostly agree with what the article says, except that I don't think Rabin was a "coward". Exceedingly cautious may be a better way of describing Rabin. And he also lacked brilliance in ideas. The Oslo process was started by associates of Yossi Beilin. They had to be careful disclosing it to Rabin because of his innate caution, but he was told when the time was right. To his credit he did get on board. But as Gideon Levy says, the settlements grew under him. Caution and a lack of good foresight did the process in. (Of course, let us not forget the Right's contribution in the failure of Oslo by assasinatin Rabin and bringing in Netanyahu who was determined to stop the paeace process.)

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