IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi addressed on Thursday the assassination 25 years ago of Israel's fifth prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, which left the entire country in shock."25 years have passed since three shots echoed through the Malkhei Yisrael Square in Tel Aviv. Three shots that pierced Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's back, may he rest in peace, and the back of the entire nation, left injured and bleeding. Three shots that marked a deep fraction in Israeli society," Kochavi wrote in a letter that was distributed to IDF soldiers and commanders. "The turmoil and the sense of grief reached every house in the country," the letter read. "For a moment, in the midst of controversy and deep sorrow, Israeli society found a way to come together and pay respects to a person whose life story was entwined in the story of our country." Kochavi continued to refer to a line written by Rabin himself on the very day of assuming the position of IDF chief of staff: "The IDF draws its power from the people – and for the people, it exists and operates." "The message still resonates with us," Kochavi wrote. "And the IDF implements it on a weekly basis. The IDF exists for the sake of the nation." Kochavi emphasized the role that the IDF has in maintaining unity and coherence in Israeli society. "The IDF proves that each and every soldier's identity and opinion can be respected, while striving and working together for a higher purpose; [it] proves that one can hold various opinions and diverse beliefs, while expressing true friendship and partnership. The IDF proves that different identities, diverse ways of thinking and unity in action can all go together," Kochavi noted, adding that the IDF is a model that generates hope. Finally, the chief of staff connected between the ability to maintain Israel's security and the importance of remembering and learning from Rabin's assassination."In order to ensure the continued existence and safety of the country, we must deepen our understanding of the murder's meaning as a symbol of hatred and division, and to remember that even during times characterized by disagreements, we must remain a united military serving a united nation," Kochavi wrote. "That is the IDF's unique spirit, and that's the spirit that was promoted under the command of Rabin when leading the IDF to the greatest of its victories during the Six Day War," Kochavi concluded in his letter. "May the memory of Yitzhak Rabin be a blessing."