Rabin’s vision of peace

The Yartzeit of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Yartzeit is a Jewish remembrance day for someone who passed away) is the 12th of the Jewish month of Cheshvan, which this year corresponds to October 18.  Rabin was assassinated by a crazed Israeli named Yigal Amir on November 4, 1995, using the secular calendar.  There was an official state memorial ceremony in Israel commemorating former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at Mount Herzl.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Bennett emphasized the need for national unity:

“On November 4, 1995, Israel was on the brink of an abyss,” Bennett said in his speech during Monday’s state ceremony. “The lesson I took away from Rabin’s murder — under no circumstances, no matter the situation, should the nation be torn apart.”

“We mustn’t burn our house down. We are brothers. The only comfort from this terrible murder is the fact that we managed to flourish, to correct,” he added.

Former PM Netanyahu did not attend today’s ceremony, but we at a previous (2016) commemoration said:

“The scar from the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin will ensure for generations and will not be erased,” Former Prime Minister Netanyahu once said at a Rabin memorial ceremony atop Mount Herzl. He went on to say that Rabin had spoken of the threat posed by radical Islam to Israel and the entire free world, and he even quoted remarks made by Rabin to then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. “Rabin sought peace,” Netanyahu said, “but he recognized the unwillingness of a significant part of the Palestinians to make peace.”

Indeed, most people do not realize Rabin was not the “sacrifice everything including security for the sake of peace” person described by the liberal media and Democratic politicians in the U.S. In fact, Yitzhak Rabin was the last prime minister of Israel who did not support the creation of a Palestinian state. 

Since his death twenty-six 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 Rabin’s final vision for the Oslo process was more hardline than supposedly “hawkish” Prime Ministers. Rabin did not support the creation of a Palestinian state, and he believed that the entirety of Jerusalem is the indivisible capital of the Jewish State.

Nine days before he was assassinated, Rabin delivered a speech to the Knesset laying 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 authority.”
  • 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 June 4, 1967 lines. “
  • 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 a model: “The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.” Gush Katif was a bloc of 17 Israeli communities in the southern Gaza strip. The residents were forced to move out by the Israeli Government in 2005.
  • All settlements remain intact during the 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- as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights 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.

This is not meant to denigrate the memory of the Israeli PM, who was slaughtered by a maniac over two decades ago. Its purpose is to show the true nature of the media and world leaders like the former American President Barack Obama, who slanted Rabin’s legacy to tell the story they want to tell. They have taken upon themselves to recreate Rabin into something he was not. For many years, Rabin’s legacy was defined by liberals’ interpretation of the dreams of the peace process that he engaged in with the Palestinians.

Some of his friends and family were aware of his growing doubts about the intentions of Yasser Arafat. He was already sabotaging the diplomatic process by ordering terrorist attacks before, during, and after the time of Rabin’s assassination.

A dozen 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 prime ministers who followed him, such as the late Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, and Ehud “comb-over” Olmert. The Oslo process Rabin started came to be roundly criticized, as it led to deadly violence, including the second intifada. At the same time, it consolidated the power of the terrorist Arafat. Truth be told, nobody really knows what would have happened if a crazy zealot didn’t strike him down 26 years ago? Oslo might have been over long before the intifada, and Arafat might have been sent back to his hiding place under a rock in Tripoli where he belonged.

Remember Yitzhak Rabin today the way he really was, a seeker of peace who was unwilling to trade off the security of the people he served.

זיכרונם לברכה

May his memory be a blessing 

Rabin’s vision of peace

Rabin’s vision of peace