10th anniversary of Rabin assassination

Friday, November 04, 2005 | 
Israel is observing the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which occurred on November 4th, 1995. A right-wing Israeli assassinated Rabin because he opposed his policy of trading land for peace. Some believe the assassin, Yigal Amir, succeeded. “He hurt in a very, very severe way, the peace process itself,” said Danny Yatom, who headed the Prime Minister’s Office under Rabin. The peace process went down hill after the assassination and culminated in the Palestinian uprising in 2000. Israelis have seen more than 100 suicide bombings since then, and many believe the root of the problem is Rabin's Oslo Accords with the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. In terror scarred Israel, some people sympathize with the assassin, Yigal Amir. A poll shows that 20 percent of Israelis believe Amir should be pardoned. (We’ll have an in depth report on the Rabin anniversary in next month’s edition of “israel today” magazine.)

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