Israelis marked the 18th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination Monday night, and politicians took to social media to share their memories of the late prime minister, who signed a peace deal with Jordan and negotiated the Oslo Accords.
Notably absent from the list of those remembering Rabin on Facebook were members of Israel’s right-wing parties, Likud members among them.
Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni wrote on Facebook that November 4 was “a day of clarifying the meaning and implications of the assassination for us as a state and a people, [clarifying] what Rabin was for each and every one of us, and especially for peace. But today it’s also personal.”
Labor Party head Shelly Yachimovich wrote that she and a smattering of other Labor MKs were congregating at the site of the prime minister’s murder, where a memorial exists, next to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, and she asked the public to join them.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote that “a few months before his death, Rabin wrote me a short [eight word] letter.” The letter — which is dated over a year and a half before Rabin’s assassination — reads: “Hello Yair, I read your words. I will continue. Thanks.”
The sole member of the Knesset’s religious bloc who took to the Internet to express his condolences was MK Aryeh Deri (Shas), who related his “personal need to mark [Rabin’s assassination], principally because of the personal and special connection I was honored to have with the late prime minister.”
Deri recalled Rabin’s “modest leadership” and said he had the honor of being able to sit and speak with the prime minister in his office despite being a junior MK.
“Those talks charted my political course and I feel as though they accompany me to this day,” Deri wrote.
“The State of Israel lost one of its most important leaders in those days. May the country’s [current] leaders be wise enough to embrace his rare leadership and manner.”