At a Mount Herzl ceremony on Thursday marking 10 years since the assassination
of then-tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said
that Ze’evi “understood that in circumstances that threaten our nation's
existence, we have no choice but to wield a sword.”
“He understood that
nobody will protect the Jews if they won’t protect themselves. He was right on
the need to wield a sword in the face of enemies,” the prime minister
Ze’evi, a Palmah fighter, IDF major-general, politician and
historian who founded the Moledet party, was known for his advocacy of
“transferring” Palestinians out of Israel.
Ze'evi earned the nickname "Gandhi" as a young man, when his shaved
head, thin physique and a towel around his waist drew comparisons to
He was shot in 2001 in the Jerusalem Hyatt
hotel on Mount Scopus by four gunmen from the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine and soon died in hospital.
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