Today is Yitzhak Rabin’s yartzeit, the anniversary of his death in the Hebrew calendar. Since his death eighteen years ago, the myth of Rabin’s peacemaking expanded. While it is true that he was the Prime Minister who began the “Oslo Process, ” it is also true that his final vision for the process was to the right of supposedly “hawkish” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Rabin did not support the creation of a Palestinian State, while Netanyahu does. Netanyahu agrees with Rabin that Jerusalem is the indivisible capital of the Jewish State . Rabin was not the “sacrifice everything for the sake of peace” type like the liberal media paints him. In fact Yitzchak Rabin was the last prime minister of Israel that did not support the creation of a Palestinian State.
Nine days before he was assassinated, Rabin delivered a speech to the Knesset that laid out his vision for the future of Israel and the disputed territories, including:
- No Palestinian State: “We view the permanent solution in
the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area
of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate,
and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of
the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and
which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its
- No return to ’67 borders: “The borders of the State
of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines
which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June
- Control of Jordan Valley: “The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.”
- Gush Katif as model: “The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.”
- All settlements remain intact during interim period:
“I want to remind you: we committed ourselves, that is, we came to an
agreement, and committed ourselves before the Knesset, not to uproot a
single settlement in the framework of the interim agreement, and not
to hinder building for natural growth.”
- United Jerusalem, which will include both Ma’ale
Adumim and Givat Ze’ev — as the capital of Israel, under Israeli
sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other
faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of
worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.
- (During interim period) “The responsibility for external
security along the borders with Egypt and Jordan, as well as control
over the airspace above all of the territories and Gaza Strip maritime
zone, remains in our hands.
(The entire speech can be found here)
None of this is meant to denigrate the memory of the Israeli PM who was
slaughtered 18 years ago, its more to show the true nature of the media
and world leaders. They have taken upon themselves to recreate Rabin
into something he was not. For
many years, Rabin’s legacy was defined by the dreams of the peace
process that he was engaged in with the Palestinians at the time of his
murder. Whether this was what he would have wanted has been debated
by his relatives and confidants, some of whom were aware of his growing
doubts about the intentions of Yasser Arafat, who was already
sabotaging the diplomatic process by ordering terrorist attacks before,
during, and after the time of Rabin’s assassination.
Bill Clinton have known that at the time of his death Rabin was ready to bail on the Oslo process.
Three years ago Rabin’s daughter Dalia wrote in an Israeli magazine :
“Many people who were close to father told me that on the
eve of the murder he considered stopping the Oslo process because of the
terror that was running rampant in the streets and that Arafat wasn’t
delivering the goods.
Father after all wasn’t a blind man running forward without thought. I
don’t rule out the possibility that he considered also doing a reverse
on our side.
After all he was someone for whom the security of the state was sacrosanct.”
Rabin was not the blind peace-maker like some of the Prime
Ministers who followed him such as Peres, Barak. and Olmert. The Oslo process Rabin began came to be roundly
criticized as it lead to a deadly violence including the second
intifada, while at the same time consolidating the power of the
terrorist Arafat. But who can honestly know what would have happened if a
crazy zealot didn’t strike him down 18 years ago. Oslo might have been
over long before the intifada and Arafat might have been sent back to
his hiding place in Tripoli.
One thing is for sure, the same people who created
the revered image of Yitzchak Rabin vilify Benyamin Netanyahu even
though Bibi’s positions are more moderate than the great peace maker Rabin.