A special conference in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was held marking 14 years since his assassination

Date: 02/11/2009, 1:17 PM     Author: Nadav Deutscher

“The times and external threats have changed, but even today in our society are those who try to take the law into their own hands and seek to change the reality with incitement. We must remember that our commitment is to pull out those weeds, before they grow more evil,” said Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, this morning (November 2nd) at a special conference in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The conference was held at the Rabin Center, marking 14 years since his assassination.

The Chief of the General Staff added that we must “Denounce unacceptable behavior of violations against human values, with the moral strength and unity of society.”
In addition, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi stressed the importance of remembering the assassination and the circumstances which led up to it, amongst the younger generation: “We must look at the youth recruiting to the army nowadays, who were barely in kindergarten when the tragedy occurred, and make sure that they know the circumstances which led to his murder and implement its lessons.”

Dalia Rabin, daughter of Yitzhak Rabin and Chair of the Rabin Center, emphasized the connection between the IDF (Zahal) and the Rabin Center during the ceremony: “We believe that the ultimate connection between the various people of the Israeli society occurs in the military, therefore we insist on hosting lots of soldiers in the Rabin Center.”

After the memorial, members of the IDF (Zahal) General Staff participated in a guided tour at the Israel Museum. They listened to a lecture by Prof. Shlomo Avineri on: “The roots and components of Israeli democracy.” Then a meeting was held on “The majority rule and its limitations,” during which they discussed the question of statehood against minority opinion, regarding the issues relating to freedom of conscience and opposed ideologies.

This is the fifth year in which the General Staff Forum assembles at the Rabin Center to mark the Memorial Day for Yitzhak Rabin. The gathering has become a tradition for Major General’s of the General Staff, explained Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, the IAF Commander: “This conference is already a tradition. The strong bond to Rabin is not news to anyone; he was a spiritual father to me. We all saw him as a leader and educator.”