Itzhak Rabin is associated by many Israelis with the hope for peace, the end to the fortified ghetto-state; Rabin was Zionism’s perfect poster, its dream-come-true. Rabin held the highest offices yet he didn’t possess charisma, sweeping vision, or the power to mobilize the masses. He was no slick speaker, nor was he great at ‘flesh pressing’. He despised ambiguities, was bored by party functions and political manipulation.
What drove this man, who had dreamt of becoming an irrigation engineer, but his country’s history pushed him to become a fighter, a diplomat, a Prime Minister?