Only four MKs attended Wednesday afternoon's memorial ceremony marking 11 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at Beit Hanassi in Jerusalem. Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Yaacov Edri, Danny Yatom (Labor) MK Ghaleb Majalde (Labor) and MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) were the only ministers in attendance.
Israel Radio reported that out of 600 invitees only 200 turned up, including Rabin's relatives.
Rabin's children said that they felt great embarrassment at the poor turnout saying that it would damage the memory of their father.
Katsav said at the ceremony that the Rabin tragedy was "a political murder [deriving from] political motives, and we must learn the lessons from it in order to protect democracy."
Rabin's sister, Rachel Ya'akov, said earlier on Israel Radio that she "doesn't want to relate at all to what's happening with the president," and emphasized that the memorial at Beit Hanassi was "an important thing."