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"We have not forgotten him for a single moment, but we must all do more to make sure today's youth know about Rabin and the influence he had on Israel," Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday.
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Speaking at a conference in Shfayim, Barak added that it was of utmost importance for Israel to "pave the way" for peace, without compromising Israel's security.
"Yitzhak Rabin was a real fighter and a man of peace," Barak said.
Tuesday evening marks the 15th anniversary of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.
The defense minister's comments were in direct opposition to those of Labor MK Einat Wilf, who also on Tuesday was criticized by fellow Members of Knesset Tuesday for suggesting that the annual Rabin memorial rally should be canceled.
On Monday morning, General Staff Forum members gathered at a ceremony at the Rabin Center to mark the impending anniversary.
During the ceremony, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
said the IDF is making strong efforts to tell the story of Rabin's
assassination because today's soldiers were only five-years-old when it
happened and it is a duty to remember and remind people about it.
"Yitzhak Rabin is not with us today, but his spirit and legacy continue
to guide us, and with that his hope that there will be an equal, united,
and inventive society here. We're back here today knowing that this
torch of hope...is in secure and good hands, and [we're here] in the
belief that it will remain in such hands in the future," said Ashkenazi.