Rabin's assassination: The story that changed the nation

As we mark 19 years since the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin this week, we bring you a special story on the political events of 1995 which preceded and followed his death.

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November 4, 2014 16:57
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Rabin assassinated. (photo credit: ARCHIVE)

 
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The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir took place on November 4, 1995 at the end of a rally in support of the Oslo Accords at the Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv (now known as Rabin Square). The Oslo Accords envisioned the establishment of a Palestinian interim self-government in the Palestinian territories. It created the Areas A, B and C in the West Bank but fell short of the promise of an independent Palestinian state – a topic that remains at the center of the Israel-Palestinian conflict today.

In the months leading up to the assassination, then Likud leader (and future prime minister) Benjamin Netanyahu addressed protesters of the Oslo movement at public rallies. In some of these events, protesters held posters showing Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform or dressed as Palestinian Liberation Organization then-chairman Yasser Arafat. 
 
Below is a photo from late September 1995 of a political demonstration against Rabin. The poster calls both Rabin and Arafat "blood brothers" and accuses them both of being guilty of "crimes against the Jewish people." 
 

Above: Protest against Rabin's government. Source: Reuters

Rabin accused Netanyahu of provoking violence with these protests, a charge which the latter vehemently denied. For his part, Netanyahu accused Rabin's government of being removed from Jewish values. Below is an article and photo published on the front page of The Jerusalem Post on October 6, 1995. It highlights the tension that divided the Jewish nation at the time.



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