Will Obama speak at Rabin Square?
Mr. President, the most symbolic pro-peace gesture you could make is to show up at Rabin Square, where peace leader Yitzhak Rabin was murdered.
Netanyahu and Obama shake hands Photo: REUTERS
There are so many reasons people would want to watch President Barack Obama’s
speech at Rabin Square it is difficult to choose the best one.
all, it will be a huge affair. The most powerful person in the world will be
speaking at the spot we most associate with our great leaders.
it will more like a concert than a speech. Obama, like Kennedy and Clinton, has
a star-like personality, as opposed to Carter and Nixon who were grim-faced and
boring. Unfortunately, all of our leaders – even the great ones – have been more
like Nixon and Carter. (Maybe Yair Lapid, the Knesset’s new superstar, will
actually be something close to a real star.) As for the more serious arguments,
a large percentage of Israelis no longer believe Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu. We all still remember the “Bar-Ilan speech,” during which Netanyahu
declared his support for “two states for two peoples.”
And since then, he
and his buddies have been walking all over us. And for that reason, we will be
so excited to see with our own eyes as Obama stands in Rabin Square – the very
place our great leaders have all stood – and explains to us what will happen if
the status quo continues, and we fail to understand the disaster that is
The fate of the country will be shrouded in fog.
this time it is serious, not like when our leaders recently scared us with
fictional stories about Iranian nuclear bombs that would blow us up any
We also have a friendly word of advice for Obama: a new generation
of leaders has been chosen to serve in the Knesset, one that is younger and more
open-minded. Try to connect with them directly. As your opening gesture, invite
them to stand with you at Rabin square.
These young people are not
opposed to peace, and therefore it is worthwhile to make an effort to reach out
to them, even if it means inviting them to the penthouse suite at the King David
We know that you are human like we are, and that you will not be
able to forget how our prime minister mistreated you before the recent US
election, namely with his public support of your rival, Mitt Romney. You are
known for being politically correct, but this time you’ll need to take off your
jacket and raise your voice.
In short, if you speak at Rabin Square, our
gain will be two-fold. Firstly, it will be a fascinating performance. And
secondly, we will be able to hear from you firsthand what goes on in the world
of leaders, and if we have a chance to make a change that would move our country
The most symbolic pro-peace gesture that you could make now is
showing up at Rabin Square, where peace leader Yitzhak Rabin was murdered. And
since that fateful day, the entire world has been waiting for someone to pick up
the ball where it was dropped, and continue to run. And maybe you, Mr. Obama,
will be the one who will do it.
The author is a journalist and one of
Israel’s leading television producers and directors. Translated by Hannah