Dalia Rabin, the daughter of the assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, praised biographer Robert Slater for managing to forge a connection with her father that enabled him to pen the first biography of Rabin in the 1970s.
Dalia, a former MK and deputy defense minister who now chairs the Yitzhak Rabin Center, was speaking in Herzliya on Tuesday at an event to launch an updated version of that biography, “Rabin: 20 Years After.”
She said her father was never focused on documenting his own legacy but that, uncharacteristically, he agreed to cooperate with Slater, a veteran Time magazine journalist and biographer, both during his first term as prime minister and his second.
The special connection between them, she said, made for a book in which everything was open and real.
New York-born Slater, who died last year, was finishing the updated version in his last months, his wife Elinor told the audience of journalists, diplomats and friends at the event, held at the Daniel Hotel.
The evening also featured a panel discussion with former Meretz Knesset member Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, who was minister of education in the 1990s Rabin government, and Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, moderated by Times of Israel editor David Horovitz.
Rubinstein opened by quoting the maxim that no man is indispensable, and arguing that, in Rabin’s case, it didn’t apply.