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Wednesday
Oct202010

Yitzhak Rabin Assassination: 15 Years Later

File Photo: November 1995. People gather at the tomb of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin where thousands of candles are lit at the Jerusalem Mount Herzl military cemetery. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel is marking the 15th anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin Wednesday, the date he was killed on the Hebrew calendar.

Rabin signed the historic Oslo Accords in 1993, but his commitment to peace talks made him reviled by some Israelis. He was shot dead by a Jewish religious extremist at a pro-peace rally in 1995.

Israeli President Shimon Peres held an official ceremony at his Jerusalem residence for Rabin, a man who was both his political partner for peace during the Oslo Accords and a close friend. Peres urged Israelis not to forget Rabin’s legacy of believing peace was possible. Forgetting, he said, was the enemy of humankind and democracy.

Crowds have been shrinking at national Rabin memorial services in recent years, a sign some say of waning public support for Rabin’s vision of a two-state solution.

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