The national-religious youth movement Bnei Akiva will participate for the first
time in the memorial ceremony for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, due to
take place November 4.
The event organizers extended the invitation
several weeks ago, asking Bnei Akiva Secretary- General Danny Hershberg to speak
from the podium at the ceremony.
This is the first time a national-
religious youth movement is taking part in the annual event.
murdered by radical nationalist Yigal Amir in 1995.
Hershberg said that
until now, Bnei Akiva had not been invited to participate in the ceremony, which
had, in the past, focused on the peace process and the Oslo Accords that Rabin
set in motion and that the national-religious camp largely
“Youth movements are leading this ceremony, and when Zionist
movements invite us to come and participate in dialogue, then we will say yes,”
Prominent national-religious figure Rabbi Benny Lau
congratulated both Hershberg and Pesach Hausfater – the director of the Dror
Yisrael youth movement, which is in charge of organizing the ceremony – calling
the decision “courageous.”
“Both of the them stood up to voices that
wanted them to entrench themselves in old positions, and both of them understood
that the current time is an opportune moment to form a centrist Zionist camp
which will establish clear lines for public debate in Israel,” Lau wrote on his
“Yes to democracy, no to violence and racism,” he
declared. “Yes to debate, no to demonization.”