Yitzhak Rabin 1922-1995
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 Yitzhak Rabin 1922-1995


Israel remembers Yitzhak Rabin

On Sunday, October 25, 2015 (12 Heshvan on the Jewish calendar), Israel marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995.

A special plenary session of the Knesset marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin was held on October 26 in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin and members of Rabin's family.

Israel Remembers Yitzhak Rabin 1922-1995
President Reuven Rivlin: "For me Rabin’s legacy is one of leadership, transformative leadership, of standing bravely in the face of difficult decisions. On the side of his commitment to peace, Rabin, did not wait idly for the Israel 'after peace'. He did not wait for a peace that would solve all problems once and for all. Instead, he was brave enough to tackle Israel's problems in the here and now."

To mark the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Yitzhak Rabin Center and the Government Press Office, in cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, present an exhibition comprising 50 photographs of Rabin taken over the years.

Photo exhibit: 20 years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
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Copyright: GPO/Haim Zach



Tel Aviv Peace Rally,
Nov 4, 1995


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 



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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