Thousands flocked to the centre of Tel Aviv on Saturday to mark 24th anniversary since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, murdered by a Jewish extremist on Nov 4th, 1995.
The annual rally featured political speeches including that of Blue and White party Chief Benny Gantz who vowed to unite the Israeli public and put an end to the rift between right and left-wingers. “Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated because of incitement and hatred…but israel will not surrender to it,” he said in his speech.
“Rabin didn’t imagine that things would turn out the way they did,” said Jacques Neriah, former political advisor to Yitzhak Rabin, referring to the wave of terrorist attacks that followed after the Oslo accords of 1993, mass demonstrations against him, where he was called a traitor and his subsequent assassination by Igal Amir. “And it is hard to predict what he would have done, had he known the costs he had to pay,” he added.
Rabin, who served as Israel’s Prime Minister for two terms, first in 1974 and second in 1992, is mainly remembered for his role in the Six-Day War, when he served as Israel’s Chief of Staff. It was his doctrine – based on movement and surprise – that lead the country to victory in the blitz war of 1967.
During his second tenure as Israel’s Prime Minister, Rabin signed two historic agreements. One was the peace treaty with Jordan in 1994, and the other was the Olso accords with the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat…