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Remarks by Yuval Rabin at the Memorial Ceremony for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Yuval Rabin
CIS
By CIS

Even 21 years later, one cannot stand at this spot dispassionately.  The anger comes back.  The blood boils.  Here, at this very spot, a Jew took out a gun and shot the prime minister in his back.  There can be no acceptance.  And it all happened in the wake of a long campaign of incitement.  We cannot gloss it over.  Some people are trying to gloss over it.  There was incitement, there still is incitement. . .

It is beyond belief that the despicable murderer left here that night, standing on his feet, a smile on his face.

The gun that fired was but a promo for the horror film that we are living through now, and it continues to claim victims.  The gun that fired was but a promo for the horror film that we are living through now, and it continues to claim victims.

The IDF is a creature of your making, of your predecessors and successors.  There is no better crucible of leadership.  Which raises the question why you are virtually absent from positions of national leadership.  You, who were trained to lead the way – your voices are not heard, and you are not involved in leading the country.

There is no substitute for people like you in leading this country.

A call must go out from here to the prime minister and the head of the opposition, calling upon them to revoke the draconian, exclusionary law mandating a cooling off period, and allow someone who has spent years defending Israel to continue making a contribution and playing a role in national leadership.

This is the path and the legacy of my father, of blessed memory.