Today is the 20th Remembrance Day of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The IAF remembers Rabin’s activity as IDF Chief of General Staff, Defense Minister and Prime Minister
IAF Site | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida
Today is the 20th Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day, the national day of commemoration and mourning for Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. The IAF remembers the moments in which he accompanied and led the Air Forces activity, from his time as the IDF Chief of General Staff, Defense Minister and Prime Minister.
Yitzhak Rabin during Pilot Course graduation ceremony, alongside the then-IAF Commander Maj. Gen (Res.) Amos Lapidot, 1987.
Chief of General Staff Yitzhak Rabin, and the late IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Mordechai Hod, 1967.
“My first acquaintance with Yitzhak Rabin was as a young pilot, two days before the “1967 Six Day War”, said the late former IAF Commander, Maj. Gen Eitan Ben-Eliyahu. “He arrived at the Airbase in Hatzor. I remember him walking around amongst the young pilots, with a cigarette in his mouth, listening to the whispers of their hearts. He was and still is my role model, to this day.”
Yitzhak Rabin during a Pilot Course graduation ceremony.
“The pilots are those who bask in the glory, while the ones that work 24 hours a day, are the mechanics”, said the late Leah Rabin. “One of the most important things for Yitzhak was the welfare of the soldiers. He acknowledged the importance of everyone, from the commander to the simple soldier.”
Yitzhak Rabin as Defense Minister, 1984.
During his term as Prime Minister and in the preceding years, as the Chief of General Staff and Secretary of Defense, Rabin oversaw developments that built the strength of the IAF as we know it today. One area that Rabin promoted was defense against missiles, a capacity that proved itself again and again during Operation “Protective Edge” and the following months.
IDF Chief of General Staff Yitzhak Rabin during a Pilot Course graduation ceremony, 1967.
“His contribution to the country’s defensive effort and his ability to make decisions in important crossroads throughout the history of the Israeli state have majorly formed our current lives”, said the former IDF Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, during the last Yitzhak Rabin memorial ceremony. “His steadfast values that characterized his work are recognized in the actions of our commanders and soldiers in the passing summer, in Operations ‘Brother’s Keeper’ and ‘Protective Edge’, in order to restore the security and quiet to the Israeli Citizens”.
IDF Chief of General Staff Yitzhak Rabin alongside Ezer Weizman and Mordechai Hod.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during the F-15 fighter jet landing ceremony, 1976.