Twenty-five Years Later — Too Many Have Forgotten

Today, 29 October, brings back sad memories of the tragic assassination of prime minister Yitzchak Rabin on this date, October 29, 1995, 25 years ago.

A young religious student, Yigal Amir, ended Rabin’s life by shots from his pistol as the prime minister was delivering a message in the park square that now bears his name in Tel-Aviv.

The reason for the assassination was due to Rabin’s attempted peace negotiations with the Palestinians, something despised by Amir and those who silently followed him

In a ceremony today at Bet HaNasi, our beloved president Reuven Rivlin, paid tribute to Rabin as a great hero, military leader, prime minister, and he denounced all those who speak of another assassination.. that of our sitting prime minister Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.

President Rivlin declared with emotion that such an act of treachery must never occur again.

Although he was speaking to those assembled for the brief memorial ceremony at the president’s residence in Jerusalem, his words were intended for the entire nation

Netanyahu has said that there were assassination threats against him and his family. While it is possible and even more likely, we cannot really know if it is true. We only have Netanyahu’s word for it and as many, if not most, Israelis know too well, Netanyahu’s “word” is not always to be believed.

His unpopular son Yair, who at the age approaching 30 and who lives with mommy and daddy at taxpayers’ expense, who has no profession and who has never held a job, and whose vulgar mouth speaks volumes of his ignorance and lack of respect to the nation, would be a more appropriate candidate for political assassination than his father. Yet we, as a people, must reject any idea of assassination. There must never again be political blood-shed in our country.
Verbal “assassination” can be tolerated. Political assassination, never again.

Those, and they are among the millions of our citizens who despise Netanyahu and his family, have the option of removing him from all political offices forever can do so by the ballot, but never by the bullet.

What did we gain, other than a lack of self-respect, by the assassination of the prime minister on this tragic day twenty-five years ago? We have still not succeeded in negotiations with the Palestinians

Not 25 years ago and not today. We remain in a stale-mate under the pretense that the Palestinians are not partners for peace. And quite frankly, why should they be? We have deprived them of respect for the past 72 years. And respect, to an Arab, is holy. We have deprived them of their “holiness” for too long.

If, however, an assassination should be attempted or carried out on prime minister Netanyahu, it will not be by Arab hands. Only by the hands of a misguided Jew. And there are many millions of them in our country

Multi thousands of protesters have not succeeded in bringing the prime minister to his senses. Probably because his senses are not his own but rather the spoon-fed idiotic ideas of Sara and Yair, the real masters of Bibi’s hateful and disrespectful words. If assassination has been threatened to end their lives, as terrible an idea as can be imagined, few Israelis would mourn for them. Many would rejoice.

That is the sad story of life in Israel today

Today we remember the national tragedy of this day twenty-five years ago

The great pity is that too many of us have forgotten

Bibi must go. No doubt about it. But by democratic procedures and not by angry rioters

No more Rabin episodes. No more blood-shed. We are a godly people to whom God gave one of his ten commandments: “lo tirtzach”… thou shall not murder

We need to remember.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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