Last week Israel commemorated 14 years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Predictably, there was much discussion in the press – and I dare say in the cafes and on the street – about his legacy.
The left have claimed his memory – he did, after all, begin the peace process with the Palestinians and make peace with Jordan. However, prior to his (second) premiership in 1992 he was not part of the ‘Peace Now’, anti-occupation left. Rabin was a tough, security-obsessed military man – a hero of the War of Independence, IDF Chief-Of Staff during the Six-Day War and a hawkish Defense Minister.