One can respectfully commemorate the 20th anniversary of the killing of Yitzhak Rabin without the need to romanticize what would have happened had he lived. Much as we would like to believe otherwise, the course of history would not have been changed had this horrific event not occurred (“Two Decades Later, What if Rabin had Lived?” Oct. 30).
Mr. Rabin would have realized in very short order, much like his successor Ehud Barak and others, that his so-called peace partner Yasir Arafat was an unrepentant terrorist who sought to use diplomatic channels to accomplish his goal of Israel’s destruction. Once Arafat’s bluff was called with the incredibly generous offer he received at Camp David, he rejected it outright, reverted to type and resorted to the violence for which he was always known. Sadly even today, his successor, the so-called moderate [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas — regarded as Israel’s best chance for peace to date — continues to incite and declare openly that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
People can continue to engage in daydreaming and write songs about what might have been had Rabin lived if it somehow makes them them feel good to do so, but the short answer is that nothing would have changed. To continue to believe otherwise is an exercise in fantasy and self-delusion.
Fresh Meadows, Queens