Yitzchak Rabin 1922-1995

In Memory


Yitzhak Rabin was born in Jerusalem on March 1, 1922.  In 1941 Rabin joined the Palmach, Jewish defense forces.  He took part in operations against Vichy, France in Syria. During the war of Independence, Rabin commanded the forces, charged with the defense of the approaches to Jerusalem. Rabin rose through the ranks of the IDF, attaining the position of Chief of Staff in 1964. He commanded the IDF during the Six Day War. In 1968 he became Israel's Ambassador to Washington, where he remained for 5 years.

Upon his return to Israel, Rabin was elected to to the Knesset. After the resignation of Golda Meir, in 1974, Rabin became the Prime Minister, a post he held until 1976 when he resigned over a scandal regarding his wife's holding a foreign currency account. With the creation of the National Unity Government in 1984, Rabin served as Defense Minister.

In 1990 he joined the rest of the Labor government in opposition. Then, in 1992 Rabin led the labor party to victory at the polls on a platform of conciliation with the Arabs. Rabin negotiated a peace agreement with the PLO granting the Palestinians autonomy.

In September 1995 Rabin signed the Oslo II agreement with the PLO which granted further autonomy to the Palestinians. He was killed on November 4th at a peace rally by a right wing Israeli fanatic opposed to the peace agreement.

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