There are now probably many Israelis who sleep soundly at night knowing Barak is at the defense ministry's helm. You cannot deny his sharp mind, personal daring and ability to analyze the Israeli reality with a sober-minded ruthlessness.
Doron Rosenblum is a senior correspondent for Haaretz, and a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
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It sometimes seems the term "deja vu" was invented to describe the rituals of the "Middle East peace process," which have been repeating in an endless loop for some years now: the ceremonies, the speeches and the handshakes against some pastoral American backdrop, the somewhat forced bustle and solemnity of the entourages and the media, the hell that erupts immediately afterward in the region that was just discussed in such lovely language.
... And then, while relaxing the sphincter muscles, it is carefully removed. Anyway, I wish you good health ... Let's go to the next caller. Yes, who's on the line?
If we probe deeply into our hearts, even the hearts of the center-left, it's doubtful we will find any burning passion for that peace people wax lyrical over in the annual Yahrzeit at Rabin Square.
Indeed, it was sweaty, hot and cramped in the editorial room of the Tel Aviv entertainment magazine Haute Couture.
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The ?legacy? concept has eroded in recent years, especially when it comes to Yitzhak Rabin. Everything that was said and should have been said in the past 12 years has already been said.