The Peace Process: I
To the Editor:
While there are reasons to support a “gloomy view” of the Arab-Israeli peace process, Norman Podhoretz [“The Peace Process So Far,” December 1994] relies on exaggerations and misinterpretations to defend his position.
In the 1992 Israeli election that brought the Rabin government to power, Mr. Podhoretz claims that only Yitzhak Rabin’s hawkish reputation secured Labor’s victory. This ignores the economic mess, strained relations with the United States, and perceived failure in the absorption of thousands of Soviet immigrants under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir of Likud. Building on this point, Mr. Podhoretz acts as if Shimon Peres’s appointment as Foreign Minister and the Labor-party coalition with the leftist Meretz faction were surprising concessions to dovish Laborites.
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