Rabin's wife accused "Bibi" of inciting against her husband
"Arik" Sharon was struggling for his life, and the Likudniks/neocons were already celebrating. Michael Oren, an author of an over-rated book on the 1967 War and a scholar with a creepy neocon think tank in Jerusalem, made it clear, in an interview with the New York Times that this was great, great news for his political man, Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu
Many Israelis followed Sharon away from Likud into Kadima because they believed he represented the best guarantee for Israel's security in the near future," said Michael B. Oren, an Israeli historian. "In his absence, they are likely to fall back on the next likeliest guarantee, Bibi Netanyahu."
Mr. Netanyahu has also worked to purge Likud "of some of its more unsavory figures and restored some of its tainted image," Mr. Oren said. Mr. Netanyahu is also given high marks for his stewardship of the Finance Ministry before he quit the cabinet over the Gaza withdrawal.
Yep. That one more Israeli leader who was trying (perhaps) to get Israel out of the occupied Palestinian territories was (almost) dead could mean that the Weekly Standard's favorite Israeli could find himself once again in the Israeli PM office. The conventional wisdom is that the collapse of the Camp David talks and the start of Intifadah II were responsible for the death of the Olso peace process. I totally disagree. I'm sure that it was Rabin's assassination by a right-wing Israeli militant that led eventually to all the mess we are facing now in the Holy Land. Leah Rabin, like many other Israelis, blamed the anti-Rabin incitement promoted by "Bibi" for creating the environment that resulted in his murder
Mrs Rabin said Prime Minister Netanyahu - the leader of the opposition Likud party at the time of the assassination - was responsible for creating a climate of incitement that led to the shooting. She complained that he scorned Mr Rabin for giving away land to the Palestinians, and was still making similar, inaccurate claims today. She reserved her strongest criticism for Mr Netanyahu's approach to the Palestinians. "Why draw a picture that the Palestinians are a threat to our existence?" she said. "They are not. They want peace. They deserve peace. They are entitled to have peace as much as we want and are entitled to have peace."
The rest was history. Netanyahu was elected and he did his best to sabotage what was left of the Oslo process. Now after Sharon left Likud, creating a political party that could have won election and marginalized the Likud, there was a danger that "Bibi" would become history, perhaps even return to the United States and join the American Enterprise Institute as a Senior Fellow. It could still happen if Sharon's party elects a winnable candidate and run on its platform that calls for the creation of a Palestinian state. For more on "Bibi" check out a profile I had written a while ago aboutIsrael's own "Joe Isuzu"