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  • Rabin memorial draws 100,000 in Tel Aviv, with many expressing hope for peace

    3 weeks ago

    In numbers far-exceeding expectations, more than 100,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Nov. 1 to mourn the assassination and celebrate the legacy of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was killed 20 years ago by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, who opposed Rabin’s efforts to...

  • Personal Reflections on Rabin and his Strategic Overview

    October 30, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Twenty years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, with Israelis and Palestinians still mired in the same conflict, hurling the same accusations against each other, once again suffering violence, I keep re-thinking my experiences with him, wondering how the situation...

  • Dems push resolution on two-state solution in memory of Rabin

    October 29, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Several House and Senate Democrats are pushing for a resolution to commemorate 20 years to the November 4th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    The partisan resolution, introduced to the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein, not only...

  • Yitzhak Rabin: Timeline of a great leader

    October 29, 2015 | 11:08 am

    1922: Born March 1 in Jerusalem to Russian-born parents.

    1941: While still in high school, joins the Palmach, an underground commando unit, to fight British rule in Palestine.

    1948: Commands the Harel Brigades that defend Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence. 


  • Rabin’s grandson remembers losing a great leader

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2015 | 11:03 am

    The night Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in downtown Tel Aviv, his grandson, Jonathan Benartzi, was two weeks away from completing his three years of duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper. He was also in the crowd with his sister that fateful night — two...

  • Yitzhak Rabin: A statesman among politicians

    By Uri Dromi

    October 29, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Almost half a century ago, at the Israeli Air Force flying school, I received my wings from then-Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gen. Yitzhak Rabin. Soon after, he became the hero of the Six-Day War, then ambassador to the United States, Israeli prime minister and then...

  • Rabin: A hero’s life’s work

    October 29, 2015 | 10:40 am

    If a hero's life's work is subsequently rendered largely irrelevant, is he or she still a hero?

    20 long years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, Israelis have accepted the thesis of their leadership that peace is a far-flung, undesirable goal.  Though the state of Israel, the...

  • Bring Bill Clinton back to the Israeli-Palestinian peace table

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Monday night in Beverly Hills, a dozen Israeli and American Jews gathered for a night of luxurious despair over the Middle East.

    We were at the sprawling midcentury-modern home of Aviv Giladi, the Israeli-born serial entertainment entrepreneur. Good wines and a bottle of...

  • Calendar: October 30 - November 5, 2015

    By Amanda Epstein

    October 28, 2015 | 11:18 am


    On Nov. 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated after attending a peace rally. For many outside of the Holy Land, his death meant a loss of hope, but for Israelis, it represented something more complex — it led to increased...

  • After Rabin, why Israel’s Labor Party never recovered

    October 27, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    The assassin’s bullet that killed former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago on Nov. 4 also stunted the center-left party that championed peace: Rabin’s once-mighty Labor.

    In the two decades since Rabin’s slaying at the hands of a Jewish extremist, Yigal...

  • Israel’s president: Rabin assassin will not go free on my watch

    October 26, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin will not be freed from jail on his watch.

    “As long as I am president of Israel, his murderer will not be freed,” Rivlin said of Yigal Amir, a right-wing nationalist who has been jailed since he murdered the prime...

  • Twenty years since the Rabin assassination: Martin Indyk talks about his legacy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2015 | 4:20 am

    Martin Indyk was US ambassador to Israel when Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel was assassinated in 1995. This week Israel marks the twentieth anniversary of the assassination. Ten days ago, I had a long conversation with Indyk about Rabin’s legacy. And as you can imagine, it...

  • Yitzhak Rabin’s murder: ‘This American Life’ examines the holes left behind

    October 20, 2015 | 11:10 am

    The assassination of President John F. Kennedy shocked the American public; the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin reshaped Israel’s.

    This week, the long-running, long-form radio journalism program “This American Life” examines the circumstances surrounding Rabin’s...

  • In Jerusalem, examining global press freedom

    May 27, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    As governments increase restrictions and casualties mount for journalists worldwide, the relatively new Jerusalem Press Club hosted the city’s first International Conference of Freedom of the Press, with participants demanding protection for reporters in war zones, authoritarian...

  • Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel’s ironic homage to Yitzhak Rabin

    By Uri Dromi

    November 6, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Housing Minister Uri Ariel is a staunch supporter of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Unlike his old times as the first mayor of the settlement of Beit El and as the head of the Council of Jewish Settlements, in his ministerial capacity today, he can practically...

  • Israeli president at memorial praises Rabin’s leadership

    November 4, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Yitzhak Rabin left a legacy of leadership, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at a memorial for the slain prime minister.

    “For me, the legacy of Rabin is not only a legacy of war and peace but also the legacy of his leadership – one that does not simply lead the camp but also...

  • 19 years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin – we can’t let democracy die

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 4, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Where were you on the day Yitzhak Rabin was murdered?

    This is a question every Israeli can answer. We all remember that night, November 4, 1995. A big rally took place in the heart of Tel-Aviv, under the title "Yes to peace, No to violence." In his speech there, Prime Minister...

  • The kidnapping dilemma: How to respond beyond the search

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2014 | 10:57 am

    On Oct. 10, 1994, not long after midnight, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) office got a call from the brother of a soldier, Nachshon Wachsman: The soldier was supposed to come home but never made it. The brother was somewhat concerned. Six hours later, the mother also called....

  • The Limmud way: My journey to the future of Judaism

    By David Suissa

    January 8, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two distinct visions of Judaism played in my head at the 33rd annual Limmud Conference in England, which I attended during Christmas week. The first vision was alive and kicking at the conference itself, where, under cold and gray skies, 2,600 Jews gathered on a university campus...

  • Hebron settlers’ spokesman: Bibi may suffer a fate worse than Sharon

    January 6, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    David Wilder, the spokesman for Hebron’s Jewish community, has written an article published by various right-wing Jewish outlets arguing that Ariel Sharon, Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin all met unhappy ends because they surrendered land. And he warns Netanyahu that he is...

  • The pioneers: A revealing look at Israel’s early prime ministers

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Moriah Films, the documentary-making arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has bitten off another solid chunk of Israeli history in “The Prime Ministers,” a film based on the lively book of the same title by Yehuda Avner, who doubles as the chief narrator of the two-part production.

  • Why the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must work

    August 14, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Cynicism about new Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts comes in a variety of flavors. There is the lazy cynicism of allegedly objective pundits: “Only a fool would believe that this could work.” There is the cowardly cynicism of the disillusioned: “I won’t be fooled again!” And there...

  • Kerry, peace and the EU

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Three leaders were eligible for a Nobel Peace Prize 20 years ago for not bringing about a lasting peace. Today one wonders: Has the bar been lowered enough since then so that achieving negotiations alone — just the talking — is now an accomplishment worthy of the trophy? If Yitzhak...

  • My Muhammad al-Dura case journey

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Thirteen years ago, right at the beginning of the so-called second Palestinian Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, a reporter of a French TV station aired some 60  seconds of footage of the killing of a Palestinian boy. Muhammad al-Dura, 12 at the time, was caught with his father in an...

  • Politics at Canter’s Deli

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 1, 2013 | 11:35 am

    At 9:45 on a recent Sunday morning, Gil Garcetti stepped into an alcove in the secondary dining room at Canter’s Deli.

    “I would’ve gotten here earlier,” the former Los Angeles County District Attorney told a gathering there, “if I hadn’t gone to Nate ’n Al’s first.”

    His mistake...

  • 2 museums trace Israel’s peace process

    April 10, 2013 | 8:31 am

    Which experiences led former prime ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin — once considered hawks — to attempt to make peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors?

    That question is at the heart of the two thought-provoking museums dedicated to their legacies.

    Located in Jerusalem,...

  • Is Obama bringing a peace plan?

    March 11, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Over and over, American officials insist that President Obama has no new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan hidden in his pocket, ready to be whipped out during next week’s meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But...

  • Born after Rabin’s death, Israeli teens see in assassination the perils of extremism

    November 5, 2012 | 10:18 am

    About a year before Guy Ben-Simon was born, his parents attended the Tel Aviv rally where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.

    It was a night of shock and sadness, they recalled for him while he was growing up. They had called all of their friends, telling those who had not heard that...

  • Brother of Rabin’s killer: We would do it again, only earlier

    September 28, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Hagai Amir, a co-conspirator in the 1995 murder of Yitzhak Rabin, has said that in hindsight he would have helped to assassinate the late Israeli premier at an earlier date.

    Hagai Amir, the brother of Rabin assassin Yigal Amir, wrote on his Facebook page that he and his brother...

  • Yom Kippur thoughts on war, peace, and the lessons of history

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 25, 2012 | 3:51 am

    I moderated a panel Sunday in which three historians disagreed with one another on the core failure of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I know these three historians – Amiram Ezov, Uri Bar-Joseph, Yigal Kipnis - and I was the editor in charge of the book each has published in the last two...

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