Time to Stop Using Rabin’s Murder to Taint the Right – .

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The annual memorial ceremonies for the slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Monday have become a political battleground in which politicians have used the 1995 assassination to attack their rivals.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu boycotted the ceremony near Rabin’s grave because he knew he would be attacked. Rabin’s grandson Yonatan Ben Artzi, who in the past tweeted that he hoped Netanyahu would catch the coronavirus, said at the ceremony that Netanyahu’s loss of power was a victory over “a culture of tyranny” .

Speaking at a memorial ceremony in the Knesset, Netanyahu said he was justified in not attending an event used repeatedly to denigrate his political camp in general and himself in particular.

“For 26 years there have been those who used Rabin’s assassination to defile much of the nation, the right wing that I am proud to represent, and me personally,” Netanyahu said. “Now is the time to stop preaching.

Netanyahu recalled that before the assassination he had said at every step that Rabin was neither an enemy nor a traitor, but rather that he was wrong. He also recalled that he agreed with much of what Rabin said in his last Knesset speech, weeks before his assassination.

The memorial to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the Knesset, October 18, 2021 (Credit: DANNY SHEMTOV / KNESSET SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE)Rabin told the Knesset that the Palestinians would not get a state, that a vast Jordan Valley would remain in Israel and that Jerusalem would remain the eternal and undivided capital of Israel, Netanyahu recalled. He also noted that Rabin had warned the world about Iran.

After a speech by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was not heckled, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid used his speech to attack Netanyahu and his political allies.

“The great struggle in Israel is not between the left and the right, but between those who believe in democracy and those who try to destroy it,” said Lapid, alleging that the struggle continued in the deadlock. current policy.

Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich heckled Lapid after Yesh Atid leader said the current MPs are the ideological heirs of Rabin’s killer Yigal Amir. Lapid said that if the current government had not been formed, these heirs would now be ministers under Netanyahu.

MP Itamar Ben-Gvir (Religious Zionist Party) boycotted all Rabin commemorative events. He said the left had not learned the lessons from the murder and continued to incite against the right.

Bennett, who was a soldier at the time of the murder, recalled that after two years without wearing a kippah in the IDF, he returned to wearing it because the Zionist religious community as a whole was blamed for the assassination.

“I hope that since the assassination Israeli society has learned how dangerous violence is, but also learned that an entire sector cannot be silenced,” he said. “The right did not assassinate Rabin; the cleric did not murder Rabin: Yigal Amir murdered Rabin.

Yamina MK Shirley Pinto tweeted that Netanyahu was guilty of inciting before the murder and continues to incite now. She then deleted the tweet under pressure from her party leadership.

Merav Michaeli, current leader of the Rabin-led party, said he understands that to stand up to Iran, Israel needs to make peace with its neighbors. She recalled that Rabin was the first Israeli Prime Minister to make peace with Morocco.

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy offered other party leaders the opportunity to speak at the Knesset ceremony, but they declined.

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