Action Alert: Don't Let Rabin's Legacy Be Forgotten!
APN's Ori Nir in the Boston Globe: What Yitzhak Rabin left behind
20 years after: Briefing call on Rabin assassination with author Dan Ephron
Book Review: Killing A King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel
Click on the images below to read moving statements about the anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.
"I have always believed that the majority of the people want peace and are ready to take risks for peace. In coming here today, you demonstrate, together with many others who did not come, that the people truly desire peace and oppose violence. Violence erodes the basis of Israeli democracy. It must be condemned and isolated."
- Yitzhak Rabin, November 4, 1995 final speech at peace rally
"We are in the midst of building the peace... The job is difficult, complex, trying. Mistakes could topple the
whole structure and bring disaster down upon us.
And so we are determined to do the job well - despite the toll of murderous terrorism, despite fanatic and scheming enemies.
We will pursue the course of peace with determination and fortitude.
We will not let up.
We will not give in.
Peace will triumph over all our enemies, because the alternative is grim for us all.
And we will prevail."
- Yitzhak Rabin, December 10, 1994, speech accepting Nobel Prize
--Top Yedioth political commentator, Sima Kadmon, asks why, instead of a prime minister who tells them they "will forever live by the sword," they don't have a leader like US President Bill Clinton, who empowered thousands in his speech at the Rabin Memorial last night.
You Must Be Kidding:
“I have a fantasy about getting together [former Iranian President] Ahmadinejad, [Hezbollah leader] Nasrallah, [Palestinian President] Abbas and [UN Secretary-General] Ban Ki-moon and taking them on a visit to the new Temple, the Third Temple now being built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and letting them see the coronation ceremony from there of a new king of Israel. The Vatican is returning the ancient golden menorah and the high priest is rededicating it."
--From supplementary educational materials for a mandatory program at Israeli religious state schools meant to teach children 'longing for the Third Temple.' Researchers fear the curriculum could drive pupils to take violent actions to advance the building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.
Dr. Gail Weigl, APN volunteer and a professor of art history, reviewed Dan Ephron's new book on Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, published on the 20th anniversary of the murder that changed Israel.
Dan Ephron, Killing A King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel (New York and London, 2015), 257 pages. $27.95
A heartbreaking chronicle of the circumstances leading to and following from the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Killing A King is a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and of the ultra-Orthodox opposition to that quest. While the subtitle, The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, might sound grandiose to some, Ephron in fact convincingly proves the case that Rabin’s assassination catalyzed the remaking of an Israel increasingly dominated today by right-wing political and religious extremists. In his telling, even-handed though he may be, they are the primary if not the only villains of the piece.
--Haaretz journalist Amira Hass writes that the young Palestinian demonstrators with their kaffiyeh, stone and Molotov cocktail should be seen for their bravery and not the highly trained Israeli soldiers in armored jeeps with interrogation rooms and late-night break-ins into homes to pull minors from their beds.
You Must Be Kidding:
"It is clear to all that they are not criminals, and even though they deny any connection (to the acts), even if it is determined that deviated from the guidelines, I think it betrays reality for the Military Court to define them as 'dangerous.'
--The response by the Honenu organization, which defends right-wing Israelis, to the court decision to detain until the end of proceedings the five IDF soldiers who allegedly attached electrodes to a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian suspect’s neck and electrocuted him, even increasing the voltage as the detainee begged them to stop. Soldiers are also accused of filming the act on a cell phone.
This week, Alpher discusses whether, in the wake of the mass demonstration in Tel Aviv marking the twentieth anniversary of the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin’s brother “celebrating” the occasion by suggesting that God remove President Rivlin and his associates from the world, Israel has learned anything from Rabin’s death; if diplomatic negotiations in Vienna regarding an agreed solution for Syria have any meaning, given Russian bombing in southern Syria near the Israeli border, Iran sending more and more troops to Syria, the US sending 50 commandos, and Israel reportedly still intercepting Syrian arms shipments to Hezbollah; a "compare and contrast" of US and Russian military behavior in Syria; how Russian military involvement affects Israel’s decision-making regarding Syria; and potential factors for change there in addition to the Russian and Iranian military presence in Syria and the new US token deployment;
This past Saturday, October 31st, Peace Now and other groups organized a rally in honor of the memory of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Attended by more than 100,000 Israelis, the rally was held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv where the late PM was assassinated by a right-wing extremist.
Speakers included US President Barack Obama on a pre-recorded video feed and former President Bill Clinton, who attended the rally.
President Clinton, who considered Rabin a personal friend, and coined the phrase shalom chaver (goodbye, friend) immediately following the murder, said: "[Rabin] refused to give up his dream of peace in the face of violence . . . The next step will be determined by whether you decide that Yitzhak Rabin was right, that you have to share the future with your neighbors ... that the risks for peace are not as severe as the risk of walking away from it. Those of us who loved him and love your country are praying that you will make the right decision."
President Obama said: "In these difficult days for Israel, for Palestinians, for the region, Yitzhak's life, his dream, inspire us still." Obama added, "A bullet can take a man's life, but his spirit, his dream of peace, will never die."
Click here to watch video clips of the remarks by President Obama and former President Clinton.
Rejecting any claim that settlements play a part in the current violence, Netanyahu has adopted data showing
he's built less than his predecessors. But don't believe the statistics.
Author Dan Ephron, whose new book documents the events that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the assassination’s aftermath, was APN’s guest on a briefing call on November 2, 2015.
In Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, Ephron tells the parallel stories of Rabin and his assassin, Yigal Amir, during the two years leading up to the murder, and sets the scene to the two decades that followed.
Ephron is an award-winning writer, who has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, and now lives in New York City.
--Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) calls on his coalition MKs not to visit the Temple Mount. Meanwhile, the Knesset Ethics Committee forbade it and the Police Chief prohibited it.
You Must Be Kidding:
Israeli forces detain Palestinian children, aged 7 and 8, outside their home in E. Jerusalem and take them to police station, then release them.