The Political Interest Nobody Does Nothing Better Than Shamir

Nobody Does Nothing Better Than Shamir

"Israel has no foreign policy, only a defense policy."

-- Moshe Dayan

"Israel has no foreign policy, only a domestic political system."

-- Henry Kissinger

The historian Isaiah Berlin is reported to have said that Yitzhak Shamir is like a wall and that while walls have uses, being talked to is not one of them. Listening to Shamir, however, is revelatory. For in common with several other world leaders (Saddam Hussein comes quickly to mind), the Israeli Prime Minister has always said exactly what he thinks and more often than not has done exactly what he has said he was going...

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