Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Twentieth Anniversary of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin, November 1994
Photograph: Yaacov Sa'ar, Government Press Office
Today is the anniversary (according to the Hebrew calendar) of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on 4 November 1995. The fatal attack took place in Tel Aviv, at the end of a rally for peace and against violence, and afterwards a bloodstained copy of the peace anthem, "Shir HaShalom" was found in Rabin's jacket pocket.To mark the twentieth anniversary of this traumatic event in Israel's history, we present a list of publications from the ISA about Rabin. Most of them are in Hebrew and the list can be seen on our Hebrew blog.

Yitzhak Rabin served as the chief of general staff of the IDF during the Six Day War. In 2005 the ISA published the first part of a commemorative volume on his life, covering the period up to 1967. Afterwards Rabin served as the Israeli ambassador in Washington, as prime minister in 1974-1977, as defence minister and again as prime minister in 1992-1995. 

This blog includes several posts in English related to the early period of his career: two posts on the decision of the Israeli government to accept a US plan for a ceasefire with Egypt in 1970, when Rabin was ambassador in Washington, and two posts on one of his main achievements during his first term as prime minister, the Sinai II agreement with Egypt signed in September 1975.

 Military Escalation and a Presidential Decision : Israel Accepts the Plan,                                              Part II

The commmorative volume issued by the ISA

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