Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the memorial service marking twenty years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Sunday, where he reached out to Rabin’s family and addressed current issues.
“A large fracture struck our national home two decades ago,” he began. “It hit, first of all, all of you, members of the Rabin family, the late Leah, Dahlia and Yuval and the grandchildren and Rachel.”
“I know this is a wound that will not heal. But not just for you – this reprehensible murder left us all bruised and in pain.”
Netanyahu also addressed the latest terror wave in Israel.
“It’s no secret that Rabin and I would disagree on several issues,” he noted. “Rabin sought to end the conflict and worked for peace, but he also had to deal with waves of terrorism – terrorism that refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any borders. It was and remains the root of the conflict.”
“Young Palestinians are taking to the streets and stabbing [Jews] with knives, because they are tempted to believe that great lie – that we’re going to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque [Temple Mount – ed.], or that we’re killing innocent children.”
“Before and after the establishment of Israel, before and after the Six-Day War, before and after the disengagement – we will not accept murder or excuses, as Rabin did not accept them.”
Rabin was murdered by extremist Yigal Amir on the evening of November 4, 1995. He had been attending a mass rally at the Kings of Israel Square (now Rabin Square) in Tel Aviv, held in support of the Oslo Accords.