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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will not speak at the annual memorial for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv November 3, despite an earlier commitment to address the event, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Edelstein had accepted a request to speak at the event, because organizers said they wanted speakers from across the political spectrum to honor Rabin’s memory. Other senior Likud figures have addressed Rabin memorial rallies in the past.
But when it became apparent that left-wing parties will be present at the rally with signs and flags, Edelstein changed his mind and will speak at the annual Rabin memorial in the Knesset instead.
“I thought that nearly 25 years after the vile assassination we could overcome our political biases and organize an event that would unite people behind the fundamental values of Israeli society,” Edelstein wrote. “But unfortunately, it seems the readiness for that has not arrived yet.”
The Darkenu organization, which is organizing the rally responded by accusing Edelstein of “preferring narrow political considerations” and twisting their intentions. They said the rally would be political but not partisan.
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