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The most well-known dichotomy, however, is the left-right split over the fledgling peace process. Should Israel relinquish control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, (conquered in The Six Day War, June 5-10, 1967), as the leftists urge, and accept as inevitable the establishment of a Palestinian state? Or, should it keep the vanquished lands, and create a Greater Israel, as the rightists desire? And what of the Palestinian refugees, the Golan Heights, and the question of Jerusalem?

All of these explosive issues remain unresolved. It is up to Binyamin Netanyahu, the current Israeli Prime Minister, and his rightist Likud party government, to provide solutions. Itís an unenviable task. Netanyahuís predecessor, Yitzhak Rabin, of the leftist Labor party, was assassinated by his own countryman, Yigal Amir, an ultra-rightist zealot, who rejected Rabinís policy of land for peace.

Rabinís assassination marked a watershed moment in Israeli history. Before that day (November 4, 1995), no one here believed that a Jew was capable of such an act. It was unfathomable.

Rabin himself refused to wear a bulletproof vest on the the night of his murder.

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