Saturday, May 13, 2017

An Insider's View of How Rabin Almost Made Peace With Syria

David Makovsky,
Image from article, with caption: The memorial for Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv, November 3, 2005

Itamar Rabinovich, the late prime minister's ambassador to Washington, details why Rabin preferred peace with Assad over the Palestinians, in his new book, 'Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman.'

According to Rabinovich’s account, Rabin was repeatedly disappointed in ’93 that Assad was oblivious to the public diplomacy necessary to frame any breakthrough in negotiations to the Israeli people. While drawn to the regional value of a Syrian breakthrough, Rabin had to account for his own ability to deliver. ...

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