Candle lighting ceremony opens 25th anniversary of Rabin’s death


President Reuven Rivlin will launch at 10 am on Thursday a series of commemorative events to mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rivlin will light a large memorial candle according to the Jewish tradition of lighting candles in memory of the dead. This year’s ceremony will be different from those of the past because very few people will be attending. It will be broadcast live on all of the president’s social media platforms. Reflecting on the different attitudes towards the memorial ceremony, Rivlin said: “Unfortunately, I often hear voices – sometimes serious, sometimes sarcastic – opposing memory day, questioning it. They say that the day and the man have nothing to do with them. And on the other hand, there are voices that call for those we remember to be in a special category and to emphasize the duty and the right to remember. But on this day of remembrance, it is so important to remember to what depths, what destruction this division, the speech of ‘us and them’ can lead. ”Ceremony of at least one year, Dalia Rabin, daughter of the Prime Minister who heads the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, expressed similar sentiments and warned all elected officials to remember and beware of incitement, extremism and division , which should not govern, because they can become a force against any public official. Rabin’s comments were against the backdrop of renewed incitement and hostility coupled with the resurgence of conspiracy theories regarding his father’s murder, and the statement by Bar-Ilan University professor Dr. Mordechai Kedar, speaking a pro-Netanyahu meeting that he had seen documents refuting that Yigal Amir was Rabin’s killer. Kedar attributed the murder to an unidentified politician who opposed the Oslo Accords and wanted to sabotage them. Dália Rabin highlighted the fallacy of the urban legend that the whole country came together to mourn the death of Rabin and condemn the murder of a prime minister of Israel by a Jewish citizen of his own country. There may have been a brief moment of national unity, she acknowledged, but there were people who really jumped for joy at her father’s death. The implication was that his willingness to reach an agreement with the Palestinians would be put on hold indefinitely. Twenty-five years later, despite cooperation at certain levels, the situation with regard to the Palestinians is worse than it was then. Although it was not done about 20 years ago to publicly express satisfaction at the death of Yitzhak Rabin, today it is acceptable, said her daughter, who has found such negative comments among young teenagers who are part of student groups visiting the Rabin Center .She has heard someone say more than once: “Good thing Rabin was killed. I would kill him too. ”Children tend to adopt their parents’ religious and political beliefs, so young people with negative attitudes predisposed to Rabin do not hesitate to express them when they visit the Rabin Center, because that is what they learned at home. IN REFERENCE to the growing malice among different segments of the population, Rivlin, speaking of the murder last year, was concerned if this could happen again. This year, Rivlin, who was an IDF reserve officer during the Six Day War, recalls that Rabin, as chief of staff, visited his unit at the Jerusalem Brigade on the eve of the war. “Even though we held different positions, even though there were deep differences between us, we knew that we were playing for the same team, a team that wanted the best for the country, for the people. Even if we disagreed from time to time on the way, we knew that we were united, responsible for each other – in good times and in better times. ”Not all right-wing or national-religious elements failed to condemn the murder. They differentiate between the policies they disagree with and actual death based on that disagreement. the national leader is simultaneously attacking the state and has no right to exist. Although his own political beliefs were diametrically opposed to Rabin’s, he wrote that as a national-religious Zionist who sees the establishment of the State of Israel and its institutions as part of the process of returning to Zion as predicted by the prophets, he believes that the state and its institutions demand respect and must be treated as sacred.


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