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Yitzhak’s blood cries out to us from the ground

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Twenty-five years have passed since Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered. Today, half of all Israelis cannot remember that terrible day. But the other half, those over age 30, certainly cannot forget it. But is the memory of that crime present in our public life? Have its meaning and significance been internalized?

Each and every one of us grieved when he was taken from us. Israelis admired Rabin in part because he was the ultimate sabra, a national hero who led our forces from the War of Independence through the historic victory in the Six Day War, when he served as the IDF Chief of Staff . But over the years, personal grief — even for close relatives — fades, and so too for Yitzhak Rabin, even though he was a great man and died in such tragic circumstances.

But the mourning for a murdered prime minister, assassinated out of political and religious motives, must never fade away and must never be forgotten. The three shots that reverberated in what was then Kings of Israel Square were a thundering wake-up call on the vulnerability of our young sovereign state, and a reminder that we are treading on very thin democratic ice. A........

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