A divided Israel commemorates Rabin 25 years after his assassination

Bullets they ended the life of Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Rabin. Make 25 years, these same two projectiles also executed the dialogue with the Palestinians that the murdered one was leading. Israel marks the anniversary of the assassination of its fifth prime minister in a context of division Y Polarization in the country. The controversial figure of Prime Minister Binyiamin Netanyahu, away from hopes of peace represented by the Labor leader, generates controversy for his pandemic management of the coronavirus and its implication in cases of corruption.

“Peace carries intrinsic pains and difficulties to be achieved, but there is no way without those pains & rdquor ;. After pronouncing these words in the Square of the Kings of Israel in Tel Aviv, the Labor leader said goodbye to the mass event called by the Israeli left under the slogan “yes to peace, no to violence & rdquor ;. As he stepped off the stage, a far-right Jewish nationalist shot him in the back. Forty minutes later, the assassination it was consummated with Rabin’s death in hospital.

It was barely a year since the two-time prime minister received the Awardsor Nobel Peace Prize next to Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. The Oslo Accords, signed in September 1993, began the peace process that led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority. Leader military From his youth, Rabin was also Minister of Defense during the first Intifada (1987-1993) when he gave orders to break legs and arms of the Palestinian protesters.

Accused of traitor

The peace process unleashed a polarization without precedents in Israeli society. Days before the assassination, there were great protests against the Accords of Oslo with images of Rabin dressed in a uniform nazi. From a balcony in Jerusalem, a young Netanyahu, leader of the opposition, addressed the demonstrators who accused the prime minister of being a traitor. Finally, the tension was consumed with the two shots of Igal Amir. This ultranationalist religious advocated being saving Israel since he still continues to believe from prison that with the death of Rabin the peace process with the Palestinians would also end.

Amir was not so misguided. The assassination of the prime minister took his legacy. A few months after the traumatic event, a new right-wing government led by Netanyahu was in power. With Rabin, efforts to resolve the historic conflict with the Palestinians were buried. “Rabin’s murder is a memory to me, but it represents a distant history for our youth”, recordó Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv, “some, unfortunately, do not even know who he was or his customs: love for the Land of Israel, dedication to the Zionist idea and, of course, fight for peace”.

“We continue divided, and the coronavirus is further aggravating those divisions & rdquor ;, writes the analyst Herb Keinon in ‘The Jerusalem Post’. “It could happen again; there is no guarantee that in this land, where political passions They run to such a fever pitch, I can’t arise another amir& rdquor ;, concludes. At present, the dividing point of Israeli society is Netanyahu. The demonstrations that lead five months on the streets claiming your resignation represent their detractors but the violence exercised by those devotees of ‘Bibi’ is increasingly being noticed.

Palestinians in oblivion

Tension mounts every weekend in the streets of Israel as hardly any mention is made of intention to regain dialogue with the Palestinians. “The lesson of what can come from hate and the incitement massive obviously it has not been learned, given the violent incidents in some demonstrations across the country & rdquor ;, recalls Greer Fay Chasman in ‘The Jerusalem Post’. “Rabin’s assassination has left a long lasting scar in the face of the nation & rdquor;, concludes Keinon.

Israel’s recent normalization pacts with United Arab Emirates, Bahrain Y Sudan they are the confirmation of the global neglect of the Palestinian cause. According Ori Nir of ‘Haaretz’, for the Palestinians Rabin was the symbol of “a transformation between their Israeli neighbors from enmity and conflict to peace, on the path of reconciliation& rdquor ;. 25 years ago, Rabin gave hope to Palestinians and Israelis. A hope today inconceivable in Netanyahu’s polarized Israel.

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