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Yitzhak Rabin

  • Wedding Plans for Rabin Assassin Pose Moral and Logistical Problems

    Just as Israelis were wondering what nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu might reveal upon his upcoming release from prison, Yigal Amir stole the title of Number One Prisoner with a bombshell of his own — or, to be precise, wedding bells. Amir has been in solitary confinement since being convicted for the 1995 murder of Prime… More ▸

  • Following Rabin, Granddaughter Takes Her Peace Message to U.S.

    Sitting in Israel’s Consulate on a New York street named for her grandfather, Noa Ben Artzi reflects how things have changed since the namesake of Second Avenue, former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated in 1995. “In this craziness, we sometimes lose or forget why we are here,” says Ben Artzi, 24. “We don’t… More ▸

  • Old Wounds in Israel Are Reopened As Friend of Rabin Slayer Goes Free

    Israeli President Moshe Katsav has commuted the sentence of a woman who was sentenced to nine months in prison for failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. As a result of Katsav’s decision Wednesday, Margalit Har-Shefi will be released from jail on Aug. 10, after serving two-thirds of her sentence. In June… More ▸

  • Leah Rabin, 72, Picked Up Slain Husband’s Peace Torch

    Leah Rabin, widow of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and a leading proponent of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, has died at 72 after losing a battle with lung cancer. “The Middle East has lost a friend of peace,” President Clinton said in a statement issued after she died Sunday. “The work to which she and… More ▸

  • Five Years After Rabin Death, Israel Wonders What He’d Do Now

    Israel this week held state observances marking the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, whose peace efforts with the Palestinians have been shattered by the ongoing violence in the territories. Flags flew at half mast Thursday as the state marked the day, according to the Hebrew calendar, when Yigal Amir, a… More ▸

  • Rabin Assassin Has No Regrets

    Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin says his only regret is that he did not kill the Israeli prime minister before the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians were signed. Yigal Amir spoke Monday to the media before a court hearing on the state’s request to keep the right-wing nationalist separate from other jail prisoners. “I have no… More ▸

  • On Anniversary of Rabin’s Murder, Family Believes Much is Not Known

    Four years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his family still believes there are unanswered questions surrounding the slaying. As a result, last week’s commemoration of the Nov. 4, 1995, assassination was accompanied by a growing debate about reopening the investigation into the murder. Public figures and political leaders support the call by… More ▸

  • Rabin’s Legacy of Peace Remembered in Series of Speeches at Oslo Summit

    President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat were among those who invoked the spirit of Yitzhak Rabin at a ceremony held in Oslo, where the Israeli-Palestinian peace process began. Warmly recalling the slain Israeli leader Tuesday, the speakers not only recalled the tragic night of Nov. 4, 1995, when… More ▸

  • Anniversary of Rabin Assassination Used As a Chance to Heal Israeli Rifts

    Four years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israelis are still grappling with the social chasm the murder revealed. In an effort to heal some of those rifts, secular and religious youths attempted, if only for a day, to seek out what unites them. As commemorations began Wednesday, hundreds of high school students… More ▸