It’s hard to believe that 11 years have already past. In Israel and Palestine, people still play the “what if” game. What if Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had not been assassinated on November 4th, 1995. It’s like the “butterfly effect” on history. What if assassin Yigal Amir had followed his initial instinct and shot foreign minister Shimon Peres, who preceded Rabin down the steps of the Tel Aviv municipality? Just as people in America ask “Where were you when you heard that Kennedy was shot?,” in Israel, people in certain circles ask “Where were you when Rabin was shot?” My answer is that I was walking on my way home down King George Street in the heart of old Tel Aviv, feeling the high of being one of the over l00,000 Israelis who had just left Kings of Israel Square following the successful “no to violence, yes to peace” demonstration, which featured a very strong speech by the Prime Minister. There was a feeling that the mainstream was fighting back against the rightwing obstructionists who were trying to demonize Rabin and undermine the peace process. It was on my way home that I first heard that Rabin had been shot,… Read full this story
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