PM at memorial service: Ze'evi must be heard beyond time boundaries

Rehavam Zeevis memoria

Israel's leading political figures congregated Sunday afternoon with family and friends to commemorate the memory of former senior military commander, National Union MK and tourism minister Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi, who was assassinated by four Fatah gunmen at the Hyatt Hotel in east Jerusalem in October 2001. Both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the ceremony. "His views were iron clad," said Peres, adding that Ze'evi "would not surrender to the spirit of the times." Peres stated that Ze'evi had at one time urged the creation of a Palestinian federation in the West Bank, warning that the Palestinian state must be established before "prolonged Israeli rule deepens the hate as well as the chasm between inhabitants of the West Bank and Israel." He added that although Ze'evi had been "uncompromising" on the political front, he had been a caring and empathic man. Shortly afterwards, Netanyahu stressed that despite Ze'evi's "controversial" political outlook, "his deeper voice must reverberate and be heard beyond the boundaries of time." Netanyahu said that Ze'evi had championed the Jews' "irrefutable right to our country and homeland," exhibiting "boundless devotion to the people of Israel, the security of [Israel] and the land of Israel." Also present at the memorial ceremony were Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, acting Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melzer, Jewish Agency Director Natan Sharansky and several ministers, MKs and officials.