Rabin Memorial Turns into Verbal Attack on Nationalists
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) Labor party chairman Ehud Barak told tens of thousands at the annual memorial rally for Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin in Tel Aviv Saturday night that "extremists" are a "cancer" and that "we will remove this evil from our midst." Kadima leader Tzipi Livni was also was invited to speak.
President Shimon Peres complained of the absence of "part of the nation that does not see itself as a part of this memorial event," referring to nationalists. National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel later commented to the media, "When the speakers invited to the memorial event are the head of Labor and the head of Kadima, and when they exploit the opportunity by making political speeches, half of the nation feels excluded and unwanted at the event."
During the rally, which organizers proclaim as a memorial for democracy and peace, signs of Peace Now activists read, "No settler is my brother." Zionist student movement leaders complained that police attacked them and confiscated a sign stating, "End Peace Now's incitement."
The memorial was held on the eve of the 13th year since Herzliya resident Yigal Amir murdered Rabin after a mammoth rally backing the Oslo Accords.
The Foreign Ministry announced the anniversary with a listing of Rabin's biography and "key speeches" by Rabin.
However, it omitted one of his last and most important speeches, the "Ratification of the Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement,” before the Knesset on October 5, 1995, one month before he was murdered.
Rabin stated in the speech his opposition to a new independent Arab state acting as a sovereign authority inside Israel's current borders. He stated at the time, "We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
"We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority."
Rabin also declared, "We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines. The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term."
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