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Shattering the myth of Rabin as the ‘man of peace’

Every year, to coincide with the Israeli Labour Party’s commemoration of the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (November 4, 1995), we hear voices claiming that this assassination killed the “peace” he was aspiring to achieve.

Within these voices one can find one or a couple of Arab voices also convinced that Rabin’s past strongly indicates that he was in the process of challenging all the traditional red lines of this peace, which were almost unanimous among Israeli public opinion. However, they are too many to list in this article.

These voices reproduce the myth of the “man of peace,” although this myth was shattered many years ago. Indeed, the most important tool in shattering this myth lay within Rabin himself, by recalling the most important remarks he made in his last speech before the Knesset on 5 October 1995, a month before his assassination. In this speech, he spoke about his vision for the essence of a settlement with the Palestinians, which continued to cast a shadow over all subsequent developments.