Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Did Yigal Amir accomplish anything murdering Yitzchak Rabin?

Israeli Chief-of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, is welcomed after the fall of Jerusalem to his army in June 1967. Rabin was killed Saturday night Nov. 4, 1995 by an assassin's bullets, his top aide, Eitan Haber, told a news conference. Rabin, 73, was gunned down at the end of a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv's Kings Square. Officials said the gunman was a right-wing Jew. (AP Photo)
Israeli Chief-of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, is welcomed after the fall of Jerusalem to his army in June 1967. Rabin was killed Saturday night Nov. 4, 1995 by an assassin's bullets, his top aide, Eitan Haber, told a news conference. Rabin, 73, was gunned down at the end of a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv's Kings Square. Officials said the gunman was a right-wing Jew. (AP Photo)

A prominent Israeli politician now claims that the murder of Israel’s Prime Minister, 23 years ago, accomplished nothing if not backfired. At first glance, this is not true.

The aim of the murderer seemed to stop the allegedly disastrous peace process. Well, it has stopped. To say that it speeded it up is beyond fake.

I understand the powerlessness about violent people getting their way but then to untruthfully claim that they had no power doesn’t help.

Anyway, did the assassination stay without any effect altogether?

I still remember my mix of feelings as the news broke of the attack. I felt relieved at the idea that the fictitious peace movement, that has resulted in over a 1000 dead Israeli’s and maimed even more, among them several friends of mine, seemed stopped in its tracks. Yet, I was horrified by the way it was. Even more than despicable murder, how did such an unaccomplished guy dare to finish off the life of a husband, father, grandfather and man of state with such accomplishments? Even more saddened I was that Jew had done this. He didn’t destroy the record of Jews as one of the least murderous People, but he surely soiled it.

Only later I learned what had created this callous assassin. Circumstance is no excuse but it can explain and teach lessons. Rabin delegitimized and scoffed “the settlers” as politically only 2.5% of the electorate and therefore insignificant – and he simply ignored their interests. On top of that, Amir is a Yemenite Jew. The way the secular Ashkenazic-run State had treated the Yemenite immigrants is beyond belief. Again, it makes his attitude understandable but it doesn’t exonerate him even for 1%. But it teaches not to marginalize anyone – or it will explode in our face.

Shimon Peres took over as Prime Minister because assassinations should not be able to change the course of history. Rightly so! However, the peace process did not live on well. Peres lost the next election. The Israeli People had already awoken from its wishful thinking. Arafat more-and-more showed his true colors and the prospect of ever reaching any deal with him slowly-but-surely turned out but a fata morgana.

It was not the murder of Rabin that killed the peace process and it wasn’t the Israeli People not electing Simon Peres. It was not the death of Arafat and it was not the supposed powerlessness of Abbas.

Rather, the peace process is dead because it was dead on arrival, kept alive artificially and never was viable because the Arab Palestinian People and Arab Nations in general didn’t want Jews around for now already 120 years. This has nothing to do with missed opportunities, failing politics or Jewish misdeeds.

Men sexually assaulting Women has nothing to do with Women. Arab Nations and their Allies assaulting the Jewish State has nothing to do with Jews. Stop blaming the victim.

Let us also not blame individual Arabs, victimized in their childhood with indoctrination against Jews, hurting from wars and groaning under corrupt leaders indifferent to their well-being. I don’t envy the fate of Arabs but that compassion doesn’t erase my clear vision that they need to stop hating Jews. Arabs living in Israel for generations tend to improve on their vision on Jews and stereotypes but this has not yet resulted in Arab Israelis in any significant number now standing with the Jews. (The Druze and Bedouin are our Allies for decades already. Where’s the rest?)

Things will only change when Arabs as a Nation and Arab Palestinians in particular in great majority decide to throw in their lot with the Jews, much like Germany did from WW II onward.

It’s good-old anti-Semitism that made Arab leaders reject Zionism or a bi-national State or even two States for two Peoples. Is was the Oldest Hatred that made them choose to team up with Hitler Germany. It is popular Jew Hatred until today that makes peace impossible.

A prominent Israeli politician now claims that the murder of Israel’s Prime Minister, Saturday night, 23 years ago today according to the civil calendar, accomplished nothing if not backfired. This appears untrue.

It is beyond me how a supposed peace demonstration can be rife with hate speech and a protest against incitement be full of insult and slander.

Not Amir and not Rabin and not Peres, not Arafat and not Abbas, not Obama and not Trump hold the key to peace. As I mentioned before, the Arab Nation needs to redeem itself from Jew Hatred. There’s no other way.

(Actually, there’s another way but that’s a dead end too. If all Jews would convert to Islam or, some say, to Christianity. Don’t hold your breath.)

BTW: It’s beyond me how a supposed peace demonstration can be rife with hate speech and a protest against incitement be full of insult and slander.

In all fairness, how could one honor a ‘worrier for piece,’ an assassinated Prime Minister, by character assassination of the sitting PM? Beats me.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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