IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
On the occasion of the fifteenth commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, the IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff wrote to IDF (Zahal) soldiers and commanders about the legacy that has been left behind
Date: 20/10/2010, 12:09 PM Author: Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
Approximately two years before Yitzhak Rabin, of blessed memory, was assassinated, he presented the graduates of the National Security College with a question during a speech he delivered: “What State of Israel do we want?”
Throughout his service as the captain in command of the State of Israel, Rabin’s personal answer to this question was ingrained in fortifying the country’s national strength. A strength whose foundations do not lie only in firepower and weaponry, but also in the spirit of the nation, in the people’s love for the homeland and in the high ethical standards of Her soldiers. He believed that solidarity, mutual trust, the bridging of gaps and the development of periphery areas were also an integral part of the nation’s strength.
On the fifteenth commemoration of his assassination, we too must ask ourselves this question, as soldiers and as commanders of an army once commanded by Rabin; we must look upon our society and consider our role in shaping the country into something we would want it to be.
As the Commander of the IDF (Zahal), I see in every one of you a part of a long convoy continuing Rabin’s path: a convoy which leads the Nation of Israel to safety in devotion to the ethical values of the “Spirit of the IDF (Zahal)”, even during the complicated fight against our enemies across the border.
Our steps along the golden path that links power to spirit, steel strength to ethical and moral strength, the path of social and educational action of immigrant absorption and youth development, these steps are our way to be deserving of Rabin’s sacrifice and of the legacy he left behind.
Soldiers and commanders,
While rising up to the task of assuring the peace and security of the country he loved so, we will continue to educate IDF (Zahal) soldiers about the character of Yitzhak Rabin, Mister Security, who broke the barriers and paved the way. We will continue to ask if, as a society, we have learnt from his assassination, and we will swear to condemn any improper manifestation of harming the values of human dignity, the ethical strength of the society and its unity. We will not cease to build a society according to what we would want it to be, according to how Rabin saw it in his dreams – a united, moral and strong society, holding high the spiritual values and its ethical standards, while on its path are strewn the obstacle to peace and security.
May the memory of Yitzhak Rabin be for a blessing.