Yuval Rabin, the son of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, is angry with those
who call the architects and signatories of the Oslo accords murderers and
Speaking at the 18th annual Ner Yitzhak (“Yitzhak’s Candle”)
memorial ceremony at Beit Hanassi on Tuesday, Rabin said that whenever he is
called upon to represent his family on such an occasion, he is faced with the
dilemma of deciding between what suits the consensus or whether to deal with the
heavy issues that confront the nation.
This year, he decided on the
latter because so many people attribute the outbreaks of terrorism to the Oslo
accords, as if the people living here had not been battling terrorism for a
hundred years, he said. Terrorism was here before Oslo and after, and is not
just an Israeli phenomenon, but a world problem, Rabin noted.
He did not
deny that increased waves of terror might be an outcome of Oslo, but suggested
that they could also be related to the 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre,
when American-born Israeli Barch Goldstein opened fire on unarmed Muslims
praying in Hebron and left 29 dead and 115 wounded.
times throughout his address that terror was here before 1993, he said that
anyone who is interested can find it well documented on various internet
“Does anyone seriously believe that without Oslo there would be no
terrorism?” he asked.
Quoting his late father, Rabin said: “We have to
fight terror as if there were no peace talks, and we have to pursue peace as if
there were no terror.”
In reference to those who have called for the
cancelation of the Oslo agreements, Rabin wondered allowed if anyone would
seriously consider abrogating them, given that over the past 20 years a series
of left and right wing governments have all realized that compromises have to be
made for peace.
President Shimon Peres, who has the authority to pardon
criminals or reduce their sentences, said that Yitzhak Rabin’s killer would
never be forgiven or pardoned. He did not mention Yigal Amir’s
Speaking of his own relationship with Yitzhak Rabin, Peres said
that he had never had a more determined political rival or a more trustworthy
and reliable partner.
“We marched together to pave the path to hope and
towards the end target which was peace.”
Peres painfully recalled the
opposition which they faced, the slurs and the incitement.
that the road to peace was difficult, but he would not bow to any compromise of
Even though 18 years have passed, said Peres, it seems as
if Rabin had been assassinated only yesterday.
“The eyes are still wet
with tears. I feel his absence every day. We all feel his absence.”