Kikar Rabin 521.
(photo credit: Avi Levy)
The Yitzhak Rabin Center has decided against holding its annual November 4 rally
in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on the anniversary of his assassination for the first
time in 16 years, the late prime minister’s daughter, Dalia, announced
Former deputy defense minister Dalia Rabin, who chairs the
center, confirmed a report on the cover of Ma’ariv that the event would not be
held this year, due to budgetary issues and the shrinking number of attendants
over the years.
“Standing before an empty square would not bring respect
to me or my father,” Rabin told Army Radio. “We already said last year it would
be the last annual rally. We felt that after 15 years we had exhausted this
style of event and it was time for a new format.”
Rabin said she had been
told the square, which is being remodeled, would not be able to host the event
this year. The center required contributions for its educational activities and
the rally was expensive, she said.
She also said there was a shortage of
speakers worthy of headlining the event, and the center did not want to reward
an average politician.
She said the center had brought people who could
unify the Left and Right in the past, and that statement of unity had been
The Rabin Center is considering alternative formats for ceremonies
that would be held on the anniversary of the assassination.
former directorgeneral, Shimon Sheves, criticized the decision to cancel the
rally. He said that after the successful housing demonstrations, this year’s
Rabin rally could have had new momentum and could have focused on the
socioeconomic successes of his administration.
Likud activist Moshe
Feiglin, who led many protests against Rabin during the Oslo diplomatic process,
did not sound upset by the cancellation of the rally.
“There is no such
thing as Rabin’s legacy,” Feiglin said. “The only legacy Rabin left was
the Oslo Accords, from which the public received a painful wake-up call.”