Citizens must keep a finger on the political pulse at all times, opposition
leader Shelly Yacimovich said on Monday, commemorating the 18th anniversary of
prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.
“The fourth of November is
a formative event that is etched in all of our hearts,” Yacimovich said, though
the official memorial day for Rabin is on the Hebrew anniversary of his
assassination, which was last month.
“Eighteen years have passed since
the murder of a prime minister, defense minister and Labor [Party] leader,
Yitzhak Rabin, may his memory be blessed,” she added, speaking at a Labor
Yacimovich pointed out that Rabin was killed because he
acted on what he believed in and the positions for which he was democratically
“Rabin was murdered because he led the path to peace. His murder
was not just the murder of a person but a fatal hit to democracy,” she
Echoing her speech at the Rabin memorial in the Knesset last month,
Yacimovich said that “the public cannot be apathetic and it cannot leave the
street to the extremist edges.... Israeli citizens no longer have the luxury of
choosing politicians once every four years and then disappearing politically.
The same incitement against democracy and the same extremist bills come back,
sprouting like poison mushrooms from time to time,” Yacimovich
Labor faction chairman Isaac Herzog, Yacimovich’s challenger in the
party’s November 21 leadership primary, criticized the government during the
Rabin family’s memorial at Mount Herzl on Monday.
“We see increasing
emptiness taking over our leadership, which has no vision; they just read polls
and want to be popular. This leadership is addicted to maintaining the status
quo without hope,” Herzog said.
According to Herzog, Rabin’s power was in
his vision for the State of Israel and his willingness to do anything to make it
“Compare Yitzhak Rabin’s commitment to the peace process, even
in the most difficult days, to the current government’s apathy,” he
Herzog expressed disgust at an interview with Haggai Amir, the
brother of Rabin’s murderer Yigal Amir, in Australian newspaper The Age this
week, in which he said he does not regret the assassination.
appalled at what the brother of the abhorrent murderer said. He shouldn’t have a
platform to spread his views,” Herzog said.
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