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Yitzhak Rabin was a living symbol of the change in Israeli strategic thinking. As Defense Minister in 1987, he issued the famous order to "break their (Palestinian rioters) bones" during the early stages of the intifadah. Only five years later, in 1992, he was elected Prime Minister on the strength of a platform to bring peace.

For a while it seemed like he might actually succeed. A peace treaty with Jordan was signed in 1994, and a year later, the Oslo Two accord was initialled in Cairo; peace for Israel and a state for the Palestinians seemed to be just over the horizon.

But it wasn’t long before rejectionists on both sides were dictating events.

In February 1995, a lone Jewish gunman, Baruch Goldstein, massacred thirty Palestinian worshippers at the Ibrihami Mosque in Hebron.

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