Labor party leader Merav Michaeli accuses opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu of being complicit in the political assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Michaeli, speaking at a conference ahead of Saturday night’s memorial ceremony marking 27 years since the Rabin assassination, also singles out Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir.
“Yitzhak Rabin was murdered in a political assassination. He was murdered in a political assassination with the cooperation of Benjamin Netanyahu and Ben Gvir at the time, with the symbol from his Cadillac,” she says.
Ben Gvir first captured public attention when he was filmed as a teen boasting about stealing an emblem from Rabin’s car.
“We got to his car, and we’ll get to him, too,” he bragged shortly before Rabin’s assassination.
Netanyahu has been repeatedly accused of leading incitement that led to Rabin’s killing.
Rabin was murdered on November 4, 1995, by Yigal Amir, an extremist Jew, who was opposed to the Oslo Accords and the handing over of control of parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians as a part of the landmark peace agreement.
In the weeks before the assassination, Netanyahu, then head of the opposition, and other senior Likud members attended a right-wing political rally in Jerusalem where protesters branded Rabin a “traitor,” “murderer,” and “Nazi” for signing a peace agreement with the Palestinians earlier that year.
He also marched in a Ra’anana protest as demonstrators behind him carried a mock coffin.
Netanyahu has regularly rebuffed the allegations that he ignored inflammatory rhetoric that incited Rabin’s murder and characterized the accusations as a form of “political assassination.”
In response to Michaeli’s comments, sources close to Netanyahu told Channel 12 that she is “doing everything to clear the Knesset threshold. Nothing is sacred to her, not even Rabin. She’s trying to delegitimize the entire right-wing camp.”