Rabin Murder Questions Persist

Recent polls show more Israelis think the Rabin assassination was a conspiracy to malign the nationalist camp and bolster the pro-Oslo parties.

Tamar Yonah , | updated: 17:29

The late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin
The late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin

The late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated on Saturday night, November 4, 1995 as he was leaving a mass rally in Tel Aviv in support of the Oslo peace process. Moments after the shooting, Rabin was rushed in his car to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital where he died.

Yigal Amir, a religious university student who pulled the trigger was caught at the scene and convicted of the crime.

Thirteen years later, condemnations of the political camp that disagreed with Rabin's policies has not subsided. Sunday, Yuval Diskin, chief of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), stated before the Cabinet that violence from the nationalist camp has "gone up a level." He added that government initiatives to surrender territory in the framework of a treaty with the Arabs could "create a situation in which live weapons would be used to stop the process."

National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) and Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon (Kadima) also parroted Diskin and claimed that "extremists" are planning assassinations to curtail efforts to form a Palestinian state inside the borders of Israel." Ben-Eliezer added, "In 1995, I said there would be a murder here, and today I am saying it."

Claims of assassination plots by the half of the population which opposes territorial concessions (in particular the national-religious community) against government leaders have been made without proof or evidence. Activist Benny Katzover said he wants Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to investigate for libel and incitement those who make these claims.

"There is a war, an outright war against religious Judaism, against the settlers," said investigative reporter and author, Barry Chamish. In the Interview below on Israel National Radio, Chamish stated that recent polls taken in Israel show that many more Israelis now think the assassination of Rabin was a conspiracy to malign the nationalist camp, gain votes and sympathy for the pro-Oslo parties and the diplomatic process to concede more Israeli territory to the Arabs.

In his book, "Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin," Chamish was the first to argue that convicted-assassin Yigal Amir could not have been the killer of Yitzchak Rabin.  Chamish lists numerous unanswered questions. Evidence he cites includes:

  • Lab tests showing the lack of gun powder on Amir's hands after the shooting.
  • Witnesses at the scene saying that they heard Rabin's body guards yelling 'blanks, blanks', or 'dummy bullets', - inferring that they may have been told before hand that there would be an exercise.
  • The report of the official investigative commission into the assassination says that the murder occurred some 20 minutes later than thousands of witnesses said it actually happened.
  • Bodyguards were not in place guarding the prime minister's back as is usually done, and the area where he was to walk to his car was not made sterile, this even though there was belief that the Prime Minister might be targeted for an assassination.
  • Doctors who treated Rabin stated that Rabin's vertebrae were shattered by one of the bullets, yet on the video of the assassination, Rabin turns his head to see where the shot came from and continues to step towards his car.




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