In the history of the State of Israel, the 1990s were the time of the Palestinians. The decade began with a Palestinian intifada and ended with a second Palestinian intifada, deadlier and more vicious than the first. Between the two waves of violence, Israel was swept like a roller coaster from the heights of euphoria to the depths of despair, from mania to depression, from ornate peace ceremonies on the White House lawn to mass terrorist attacks, from a dangerous rift between left and right to the murder of a prime minister.
Among the stars of this year’s Israeli election campaign was a pair of senior citizens. Back in 1999, after being happily married for nearly 60 years, the husband asked his wife for the first time in their life together whom she voted for that year. She foolishly decided to answer: the Labor candidate, Ehud Barak. The