Israel: Will Staring Into The Abyss Get Peace Back On Track?

Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's 72-year-old Prime Minister, is certainly no stranger to combat. He has been a central figure in many of Israel's wars, starting with the War of Independence in 1948. But rarely has he been so embattled as now. Agreements painstakingly worked out in Oslo and Cairo with the Palestine Liberation Organization's Yassir Arafat are in tatters. Terrorist attacks against Israelis since Rabin and Arafat shook hands in Washington 16 months ago have left 148 Israelis dead. And recent polls show that only 28% of Israelis support Rabin, compared with 50% who back Benjamin Netanyahu, his telegenic archrival from the conservative Likud Party.

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