• Junebug

    Sad to remember. In my lifetime, nearly every leader who has publicly advocated for peace has been maligned and/or assassinated. War and hate continue unabated. YES, CHANGE PLEASE!!

  • Jack

    Rabin’s assassination was a tragedy and yes, Israel does have a real problem with the minority of settlers who have been radicalized on the Right.

    But to make Rabin, as some people do, into the greatest Israel since independence is a bit much. He was a good individual, yes, but so was Ben Gurion, so was Begin, so was Golda Meir, so were many, many Israeli leaders, starting but not ending with prime ministers.

    And even though the man who killed Rabin was a monster, the fact that he was the victimizer and Rabin the victim tells us nothing about the wisdom or lack thereof of Rabin’s belief in land for peace. To my mind, it is far from clear that this formula was or is a good or realistic one. Was it worth trying? Yes. Has it succeeded? With Jordan, yes. Egypt, yes, so far. The Palestinians? Not in the least.

  • Garson Abuita

    Apotheosis often follows assasination. John F. Kennedy wasn’t the greatest president ever, but look at what high esteem he is held today. Rabin gave his life in the pursuit of peace and for that he will always be remembered.
    One other takeaway: if you visit Rabin Square there is a diagram of where various people were standing during the event. It names various people but for the shooter simply says “murderer.” This is reflective of the Jewish belief in the power of remembering or forgetting someone’s name, and the aphorism “Yimach shemo” — may his name be erased. It’s something Americans should remember for the next school shooting when the media rush to proclaim the killer’s name everywhere.

  • Jack

    True on all counts. And to be fair, some in the media are trying to restrain themselves from mentioning the names of killers after such shootings. We should be doing what we can to encourage them to convince their colleagues to do likewise.