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Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) became a soldier by chance and necessity rather than by choice. He spent nearly his entire life fighting Israel's wars against Arabs and Palestinians. His natural talent for strategic thinking, deep analysis and detachment from the political game, placed him first at the top of the Israeli military and later political echelons. He was an admired Chief of Staff, an orthodox ambassador, a dedicated Defence Minister and twice led his country as Prime Minister. After the first Palestinian uprising in the late 1980's sent shock waves through the country, he started to realise that Israel could not win this war by force. Upon his re-election as Prime Minister in 1992 he instigated a diplomatic process to end the conflict. Tragically his lack of political vision, his deep rooted ambivalence towards the Palestinians, together with his cautious instinct prevented him from fully implementing the peace process for which he was ultimately murdered in 1995 and for which he is still remembered today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 9" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 29, 2005
Publisher Haus Pub.
ISBN 190495006X ISBN13 9781904950066
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More About Linda Benedikt
Linda Benedikt is a journalist and writer. She has written on the subject of the Israeli-Palestine conflict for a variety of publications and has a Master in Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
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A very welcome surprise Aug 25, 2008
While I found this book to be more of a short history of Israel that centers itself around Rabin, I still found this book to extraordinarily well balanced and just very good. I was extremely impressed by the amount and quality of information the author packed into such a small book.
I originally purchased this book as a compendium to Rabin's own memoirs. I wanted a different take on Rabin after I finished with his memoirs so that I could compare his words with those of another. I expected from the title of this book that it would be, on the whole, a rather positive and pro-Israeli account of his life, so I assumed I would get a work of little value other than as another person's perspective. Instead what I got was a very balanced look at Rabin and Israel. The author does a wonderful job detailing a complex man during a very complex time in Israeli history, and because she tackles the positives along side the negatives with the same vigor and detail the reader gets a much needed window into the accomplishments and failures of not only Rabin but Israel as well.
I found this book to be highly insightful, and her discussion of the political squabbles within labor to the dissension on the right and within the religious community goes along way in explaining why Israeli policy regarding issues such as the occupied territories was in actuality essentially nonexistent. The fact that some issues have had the potential of ripping Israeli society in half goes a long way in explaining why some of Israel's most pressing problems seemed to be left in the wind.
This is a wonderful book written by a brave individual. I say brave because anyone writing on Israel or Israeli figures has the potential of being attacked by one or the other side, but especially those authors who decide not to pander to either side and write a truly unbiased book have the possibility of being attacked by both sides. This author has written a book that is informative and balanced which is a rarity as regards this issue. Readers will do themselves a great service by giving this mighty, little book a go. I highly recommend this book to everyone.