The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
October 26, 2015
Today we are mentioning in Israel, 20 years to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In November 1995, Rabin was killed by a radical, right–winged, religious Israeli who was so opposed of the peace process Rabin was so emphatically fighting to achieve.
Israeli society has gone through a lot of change since the bullets that were fired at Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin and successfully striking him dead, were also successful in splitting the Israeli society from the inside.
It has been twenty years since that tragic day and sometime it seems that the gaps in Israeli society are getting deeper and deeper. Whether it is Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, right wing and left wing or Ashkenazi and Sephardic, there seems to always be a division. But at the same time, something different happened, something good in spite of Rabin’s assassination.
The Jewish Israeli Society came to an understanding - that the need of a joint conversation, despite the challenges, is not luxuries, it is an obligation. The need for tolerance and empathy between the opposed sides of the Jewish Israeli society, is not a recommendation, it is a requirement - in order for us to continue living mutual lives in this small piece of land called Israel.
And indeed dozens of organizations and communities dealing with Jewish Israeli identity were established since the assassination of Rabin in order to find a common ground. And although the media and specifically social networks often show a depressing picture, it’s important to acknowledge, especially in these troubled days in Israel, that the majority of people living in Israel want to live in peace, Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, right wing and left wing, Ashkenazi and Sephardic. Just as the assassination of Rabin was made by an individual and not by a whole society.