Tell the truth, Shimon

In the 24 years of our acquaintance, four of which I spent working as your aide, this is the third time I have written you an open letter. In 1989, when you were finance minister in the Shamir government and the first intifada was raging, I used these pages to write “A letter to a former boss.” Then, I told you that “for the first time in your life, you have nothing left to lose – except the prospect of vanishing into thin air.” This was after you kept silent in the face of the IDF’s conduct in the intifada, in the face of the continuation of the occupation and Israel’s stubborn refusal to recognize the PLO as the representative of the Palestinians. At the time, I believed that you thought differently from Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin (known then as the “bone-breaker”), but that you just weren’t bold enough to speak up.

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