Fifteen years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

October 20, 2010

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Fifteen years on, and the wounds are still open.

Arguments rumble on about the nature of “Rabin’s Legacy”, and the allocation of blame.

Beyond this, Rabin’s final speech, in which he identified the fundamental opposition between democracy and violence, still echoes in our ears and hearts. “Violence eats away at the foundation of Israel’s democracy,” he declared clearly and strongly at the square that now bears his name.

Yet an act of violence succeeded in bringing about not only the end of this man’s life and work, it also decisively undermined the democratic choice of the People.

While others continue to debate the legacy of the Oslo Accords, and the effect of the assassination on its success, we wonder about Israel’s democratic strength.

Has Israel’s democracy yet recovered from the assassination?

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