Yitzchak Rabin

Two Decades Later, What If Rabin Had Lived?

Amid current terror spate, left struggles to make ‘peace with security’ not sound naïve.

10/27/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Twenty years after Yigal Amir, a far-right-wing religious nationalist and law student, gunned down Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally, members of Israel’s peace camp still wonder what might have been.

A young woman mourns Yitzchak Rabin days after his assassination. Getty Images

Time To Heal Wounds Of Rabin Assassination

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The murder of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin 20 years ago opened a rip in Jewish society that is not healing. Commemorating this auspicious event is, in fact, becoming harder, as each side of the tear — those who supported Rabin’s leadership in pursuing the Oslo initiative for peace with the Palestinians and those who rejected it with all of their hearts — have hardened with intensifying fury. For both sides, “We will not forget; we will not forgive” — a slogan of the Israeli left at the time of the assassination — has become a mantra, as well as a prescription for sadness.

Steven Fine

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader's long relationship with community veered between supportive and hostile.

12/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nelson Mandela’s amazing attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally — that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.

Mandela: Supported Israel, but was closer to the Palestinians. Getty Images

Yitzchak Rabin, Flawed Hero

11/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

He was a flawed hero. No, I’m not speaking about the biblical Abraham, who passed his wife off as his sister, or Jacob, who won his birthright by deception. I am speaking of Yitzchak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel, whose yahrzeit we commemorated this week.

Francine Klagsbrun

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/18/2013 - 20:00

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.


Sympathy For The Devil: Killers and the Women Who Love Them


He is, subject to the findings of a jury that he is guilty, or of a judge that he is certifiably insane, a mass murderer, a demented college dropout who walked into a movie theater near Denver recently, armed to the teeth and armor-protected all over his body, and opened fire, committing one of the greatest killing sprees in modern American history.

He is, by anyone’s estimation, a real creep, appearing in court for his first post-shooting appearance with a shock of carrot-red dyed hair and an attitude of profound, blank-stare indifference.

Rabin Assassin's Brother Released From Jail After 16 Years

05/03/2012 - 20:00

Hagai Amir, who helped his brother Yigal Amir plot the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, was released from prison.

Authorities at the Ayalon prison in Ramle, in central Israel, released Amir, 43, on Friday morning.

He had been in prison 16 years and has never expressed remorse for his role in the Nov. 4 1995 murder of the Israeli prime minister by his brother, a right-wing extremist.

Protesters gathered outside the prison. He greeted them with a "v" sign.

Missing Yitzchak Rabin

11/17/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Falling as it did this year so close to the seventy-third anniversary of Kristallnacht, when German and Austrian houses of worship literally went up in smoke and flame, I feel as if I personally haven’t paid enough attention to the sixteenth anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. 

 Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Life In The Rabbinic Fast Lane

09/21/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist




“’Twas the week before Rosh Hashanah…”

At this time of year, I am often greeted by friends and congregants with some version of “this is your busy season, isn’t it?” Accountants like to say that this is “The rabbi’s April.” The teller at my bank this morning, an Indian woman, said benignly, “you have some holidays coming up, don’t you?’

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Giffords Shooting: Trigger-Happy Left Sees Incitement Everywhere But The Mirror

If a black man or an illegal alien shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head, would leftists blame blacks or Hispanics?

No, the left would blame poverty.

If a Moslem shot Giffords in the head, would the left blame militant Islam?

No, leftists would build a new mosque in Tuscon, reaching out to moderates, refusing to get into the gutter with extremists and hysterics, insisting that we use this tragedy to find ways to heal.

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