The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
took place on November 4, 1995 (12th of Cheshvan
, 5756 on the Hebrew Calendar) at 21:30, at the end of a rally
in support of the Oslo Accords
at the Kings of Israel Square
in Tel Aviv
. The assassin, Yigal Amir
, a far-right-wing religious Zionist
strenuously opposed Rabin's peace initiative and particularly the signing of the Oslo Accords.
The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin
was the culmination of Israeli right-wing dissent over the Oslo Peace Process. Rabin, despite his extensive service in the Israeli military, was disparaged personally by right-wing conservatives and Likud leaders who perceived the Oslo peace process as an attempt to forfeit the occupied territories. Contrary to Likud’s accusations, Rabin was focused on the consolidation of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. He planned to give the Palestinian Liberation Organization control of 90% of the West Bank’s Arab population, while retaining 70% of the land in the occupied territories. In a speech to the Knesset, Rabin promised that Israel would continue to have “total freedom of action in order to fulfill the security aims that touch upon the permanent solution.”
Nonetheless, hostility continued to mount against Rabin. Ultra-orthodox conservatives and Likud party leaders believed that withdrawing from any Jewish land was heresy. Rallies, organized partially by Likud, became increasingly extreme in tone.......