On the eve of the ceremonies commemorating 11 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his daughter Dalia is convinced that another assassination could happen again.
“The moment it happened, unfortunately it could happen again. The Israeli society has not learned the lessons from the horrible murder 11 years after it happened,” Dalia Rabin said.
Rabin added that all prime ministers, their advisors, and the systems surrounding them since the assassination, have not done enough to deal with the consequences of the murder as a political assassination. “The decline in respect to the assassin and the act itself is worrisome and I have a feeling that the day will be near when the assassin will be set free,” she said.
The official memorial day commemorating 11 years since the assassination will begin with an official ceremony at the President’s residence Wednesday afternoon with the participation of President Katsav and the Rabin family. Five hundred people were invited to the ceremony, but only 170 confirmed their participation, most likely due to the criminal allegations pending against the President. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Chief Justice Dorit Beinish, and Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik had announced they will not be in attendance.
The next day, the official memorial ceremony will take place on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem with the participation of President Katsav (who will not speak unlike years past), Prime Minister Olmert, Knesset Speaker Itzik, and the entire top tier of Israeli officials. The Rabin family representative who will speak at the ceremony is the son, Yuval Rabin.
Two hours later a special Knesset session will take place with the Rabin family in attendance. The president announced he will not be attending.
The memorial ceremonies will end with the central rally in Rabin square in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, November 4. The rally this year will be different than past rallies because no politicians will speak during the ceremony. The only two people to speak will be daughter Dalia and the author David Grossman who is making his first public appearance since his son was killed during the war in Lebanon this summer.
For the first time, the audience will also participate in the activities, as giant screens will display the lyrics of the songs that will be sung by leading Israeli musical performers.