Saturday, October 27, 2012

Yitzhak Rabin 1922-1995


On Sunday, October 28, 2012 (12 Heshvan on the Jewish calendar), Israel marks the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995. 

 Yitzhak Rabin: A Biography
 Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies
 Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Page (The Knesset)
 CNN Coverage of Rabin Funeral - November 1995
 The Song for Peace

 A letter to Leah Rabin
Bat-Chen Shahak was 13 years old when she wrote the following poem, shortly after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. She was killed in a terrorist bombing at Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv on March 4, 1996. It was read at special memorial service held in Oslo in November 1999.
Three shots and it's all over -
Now one talks about him in the past tense.
Suddenly the present becomes the past.
And the past is only a memory.
We are standing, crying.
We want to believe it never happened,
That it is all a nightmare.
And when we wake up the next morning - it will not be so.
Instead, we wake up to a warped reality,
Where pain is laced with hate.
We cannot digest the enormity of this loss,
And we cannot comprehend its severity...

Yitzhak Rabin's widow, Leah, died on November 12, 2000. Former PM Ehud Barak: "After his assassination, she carried the torch in the battle for peace."

Key Speeches by Yitzhak Rabin
  • Acceptance of Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus - June 1967
  • Signing of the Declaration of Principles at the White House - Sept 13, 1993
  • Signing Ceremony of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty - Oct 26, 1994
  • Acceptance of Nobel Peace Prize - Dec 10, 1994
  • Tel Aviv Peace Rally, Nov 4, 1995

    Yitzhak Rabin: Biography  
    Last Speech by PM Rabin at Tel-Aviv Peace Rally  - November 4, 1995
    The Song for Peace  
    Remarks by Acting Prime Minister Peres at Special Cabinet Meeting  - November 5, 1995
    Cabinet Communique  - November 5, 1995
    Statement by Chief Rabbinate of Israel  - November 5, 1995
    Remarks by Acting Prime Minister Peres at Cabinet Meeting  - November 8, 1995
    Acting PM Peres at Rabin Knesset Memorial Session November 13, 1995  - November 13, 1995
    MK Netanyahu at Rabin Knesset Memorial Session   November 13, 1995
    Rabin Commemorative Stamp  - December 5, 1995

          (November 6, 1995)
    The International Aspect  
    World Leaders Attending PM Rabin's Funeral  
    Eulogy by President Ezer Weizman  
    Eulogy by King Hussein of Jordan  
    Eulogy by US President Bill Clinton  
    Eulogy by Acting PM and FM Shimon Peres  
    Eulogy by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak  
    Eulogy by UN Secy-Gen Boutros Boutros-Ghali  
    Eulogy by Spanish PM Felipe Gonzalez  
    Eulogy by Shimon Sheves  
    Eulogy by Russian PM Viktor Chernomyrdin  
    Eulogy by Noa Ben-Artzi  
    Eulogy by Eitan Haber  

    Cabinet Communique  - November 8, 1995
    Acting PM Peres Remarks at Cabinet Meeting  - November 8, 1995
    Internal GSS Report on Rabin Assassination  - November 8, 1995
    Rabin Assassination Indictments  - December 6, 1995
    Excerpts of Yigal Amir Sentencing Decision  - March 27, 1996
    Summary of Report of Commission of Inquiry into Murder of Late PM Rabin  - March 28, 1996

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