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An insider's perspective on the life and influence of Israel's first native-born prime minister, his bold peace initiatives, and his tragic assassination. More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation's pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author's recollections as one of Rabin's closest aides. An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides new insights into Rabin's relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin's murder: Netanyahu's ensuing election and the rise of Israel's radical right wing.

Title Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman / Itamar Rabinovich.
Publisher New Haven : Yale University Press
Creation Date 2017
Genre Biographies
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Jewish lives
Format 272 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations
22 cm.
Language English
Copyright Date ©2017
Identifier ISBN9780300212297
ISBN0300212291
System Number 990039607950205171

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