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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Who served in the Palmach and the Hagana and was the IDF’s seventh Chief of Staff.
The day began with excursions along the routes of two Negev operations – Horev and Yoav – and concluded with a memorial ceremony in Beersheba River Park.
“Good day to you, what a magnificent array of young people of all ages, of all political opinions, from all walks of life – it’s an exciting and joyful sight,” an emotional Ms Dalia Rabin told the crowd of thousands that filled the amphitheater in Beersheba River Park. Children, teenagers, soldiers, adults and the elderly all came along to attend the impressive ceremony, pay their respects and honor the memory of the late Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated nineteen years ago.
This is the third year that KKL-JNF and the Yitzhak Rabin Heritage Center have joined forces to provide heritage excursions in the footsteps of the late prime minister. This year, it was decided to move events southwards and tell the story of the founding of the State of Israel through the experiences of the operations officer on the southern front during Israel’s War of Independence – Yitzhak Rabin.
On the morning of November 6th, in a complex operation orchestrated by Edna Feinstein, KKL-JNF’s Director of Tours and Events, some 7,000 people set out in around 150 buses from all over Israel; led by 150 KKL-JNF guides, they followed the routes of Operation Yoav and Operation Horev – two military campaigns designed to liberate the Negev and drive the Egyptian army from within the borders of the State of Israel.
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