On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (12 Heshvan on the Jewish calendar), Israel marks the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995.
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