Culture, Israel, Religion

Yitzhak Rabin – (March 1, 1922 – November 4, 1995)

Exactly 10 years ago today – November 4, 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered by Yigal Amir, after attending a rally promoting the Oslo process at Tel Aviv’s Kings of Israel Square (which is now the Yitzhak Rabin Square). Fatally wounded by three gun shots, he died of massive blood loss and a punctured lung on the operating table at the nearby Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
Yigal Amir was born to a national-religious (Religious Zionist) Orthodox Jewish family in the Israeli town of Herzliya; his parents emigrated to Israel from Yemen. He attended Haredi elementary school and yeshiva for his formal education. He served in the Golani Brigade during service in the Israel Defense Force as part of a combined yeshiva-study and army-training program known as hesder. A law student at Bar-Ilan University, he was involved in organizing demonstrations against the Oslo Accords. Amir perceived the Oslo Accords as national treason, and a threat to the existence of the state of Israel, which led to his decision to assassinate Rabin.
Text adapted from Wikipedia.
See also Conspiracy buffs buoyed by Rabin assassination and A Decade After Rabin’s Killing, Israeli Democracy Is Thriving.

5 thoughts on “Yitzhak Rabin – (March 1, 1922 – November 4, 1995)

  1. I had an argument with an Israeli shortly after the murder of Rabin. He wanted to know what was wrong with “you Orthodox people”. I told him that it was HIS fault, that Israelis are too hot-blooded, and that an American such as myself would never do such a thing.
    He got the point.

  2. J – I would say it’s clearly unfair to conflate Kahanists with Orthodox people. Amir was not a proven member of Kach or Kahane Chai but he certainly rolled in Kahanist and extremist settler circles.

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