Israel commemorates 20th anniversary of assassination of Yitzchak Rabin

Week of educational programs, ceremonies and rally to be held, remembering Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin

Rabin, Clinto and Arafat

Rabin, Clinto and Arafat

Israel will hold memorial services and events through out the week commemorating the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.

On Sunday night, events began with a ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, with numerous youth groups conducting educational programs. On Monday, a national memorial ceremony will be held at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, where Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rueven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edlestein will give speeches.

Starting Wednesday, a tent will be erected at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, the location where Rabin was shot and killed, along with a photo exhibition. The exhibition will remain in place until Saturday, following Shabbat a rally commemorating Rabin to be held at Rabin Square.

Rabin was born in Jerusalem in 1922, the child of immigrants from Ukraine. Rabin grew up on Jerusalem, joining the Palmach during the War of Independence. During his long military service, Rabin became an officer, served as Minister of Defense and rose to Chief of General Staff ahead of the Six Day War.

Rabin served as Israel’s 5th Prime Minister for two terms, first in 1975, replacing then Prime Minister Golda Meir, and again in 1992. During his first term as prime minister, Rabin signed the Sinai Interim Agreement.

The former prime minister is most remembered for the Oslo Accords, which won him a Nobel Peace Prize alongside Shimon Peres and Yasir Arafat.

During a speech in 1995 at what is now called Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Yigal Amir, a right-wing extremist opposed to the peace process with the Palestinians, assassinated Rabin.

A memorial at the location of his assassination was built and remains, as well as a memorial spot on Mt. Herzl.