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  • 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 ▸

  • Orthodox Rabbis Sign Document Excommunicating Rabin’s Assassin

    A group of 54 Orthodox rabbis in Israel has excommunicated the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Thursday’s ruling — which came prior to the fourth anniversary of the Nov. 4, 1995, assassination — bars Jews from visiting Yigal Amir in prison, talking with him or writing to him. Prison personnel and Amir’s family are… More ▸

  • Profile: Barak’s ‘lightning’ Victory Follows Path of His Mentor, Yitzhak Rabin

    PROFILE: Barak’s `lightning’ victory follows path of his mentor, Yitzhak Rabin Ehud Barak swept to a lightning victory in Israel’s elections this week, as befits a man whose Hebrew name means just that. Barak’s stunning victory over Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu — he received 56 percent of the vote to Netanyahu’s 44 percent, with more than… More ▸

  • Former Shin Bet Informant Charged with Failing to Prevent Rabin Murder

    An Israeli court has charged a former informer for Israel’s domestic security service with failing to prevent the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. According to prosecutors, Avishai Raviv, who was recruited to join the Shin Bet in 1987, failed to inform his handlers that Yigal Amir planned to hurt or assassinate Rabin. Raviv,… More ▸

  • Israel Planning to Indict Friend of Rabin’s Assassin

    Israel’s attorney general has recommended that a former undercover agent stand trial for failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Avishai Raviv, 31, served as an informant for the Shin Bet domestic security service in the months preceding the assassination. An operative among the extreme right-wing and a friend of assassin Yigal… More ▸

  • Israelis Commemorate Rabin Amid New Warnings of Political Violence

    Israel marked the third anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with memorial ceremonies, as political leaders made renewed warnings about the dangers of political incitement. After the Oct. 23 signing of the Wye River Memorandum, the latest Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been the target of slurs and… More ▸

  • Friend of Rabin’s Killer Sentenced to 9 Months

    A friend of Yitzhak Rabin’s killer has been sentenced to nine months in jail for knowing of the assassination plans in advance but failing to warn police. Margalit Har-Shefi, who expressed remorse for her actions for the first time after the sentencing, faced a maximum of two years in prison. Har-Shefi, 23, a resident of… More ▸

  • Court Convicts Assassin’s Friend for Not Reporting Plan to Kill Rabin

    A friend of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin has been convicted of knowing his plans in advance but failing to warn police. A Tel Aviv court ruled Sunday that there were inconsistencies in the testimony of Margalit Har-Shefi, 22, who had maintained she thought Yigal Amir was merely boasting of plans to assassinate Rabin. The offense —… More ▸

  • 200,000 Attend Tel Aviv Rally to Mourn Rabin Assassination

    Omer Granot, a 21-year-old Israeli officer, attended the rally during a week’s leave from his army service in southern Lebanon. “I came as a citizen and as an officer in the army,” he said. “I think the Rabin assassination was the most horrific thing that could happen to a democracy. Even when people disagree, there… More ▸