Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing a memorial ceremony commemorating the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago, says that Israel is a “sanctuary of freedom and human rights” in a Middle East “dominated by the sword.”
But, he continues, “even a thriving democracy sometimes faces moments of crisis.”
He says “extremist Islamist” hatred is the root of the conflict, and asserts that Rabin, too, acknowledged that.
Netanyahu also notes that Rabin, in a speech before his death, pointed a finger at Iran as a promoter of terrorism against Israel.
President Reuven Rivlin, who addressed the crowd before Netanyahu, said that peace cannot include the division of Jerusalem.