Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin may be remembered fondly by some of the Israeli people for his military exploits, but his accomplishments as prime minister and a negotiator were less noteworthy (“Ultimate price for peace,” Oct. 22, Geopolitics)
He started a line of prime ministers who made concessions to the Palestinian Arabs in a flawed effort for a lasting peace but was soundly rejected. Instead of peace and a cessation of violence, his generous offers were met by disdain - as were later concessions from other Israeli prime ministers - by an Arab leadership that saw as its ultimate objective the destruction of the Jewish state. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confronted by the same dilemma, as he has reached out only to earn subsequent attacks on Israel from Arab enclaves in Lebanon and Gaza.
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