Daily Israel Report

Nationalists Call to Remember Rabin's Real Views

While some worry that memorials for PM Rabin are too politicized, 'Matot Arim' calls to do more to commemorate Rabin's real political views.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/30/2009, 12:54 PM / Last Update: 10/31/2009, 8:43 PM

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While some have expressed concern that memorials for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin have become overly political, the Matot Arim (“Council of Cities”) organization has a different concern. The group feels that Rabin's true political views have been forgotten, and is calling to restore his ideas to center stage.

Matot Arim, a nationalist group that promotes Jewish rights in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), sent a letter to Education Minister Gidon Saar asking him to recall Rabin's views in a speech at the central Rabin memorial rally in Tel Aviv. Saar is scheduled to speak at the rally, which was pushed off Friday to the night of Saturday, November 7.

"We would like you to mention in your speech that Yitzchak Rabin of blessed memory was opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state in Yehudah and Shomron,” the letter read. “This is a fact of the fallen prime minister's legacy that has been forgotten...”

"Opposition to a Palestinian state was one of the cornerstones of Yitzchak Rabin's legacy,” Matot Arim continued. In his final political speech, the letter noted, Rabin pushed to create a national solution for Arabs in Yehudah, Shomron and Gaza that would be “less than a state.”

Recalling Rabin's true views vis-a-vis a PA state and the importance of maintaining Israeli control of settlement blocs is a vital way of giving honor to the dead, Matot Arim activists said. “Part of honoring those who have passed on is to remember their contribution.” Many Israelis are currently unaware of Rabin's political views, they noted.

“There are not a few public figures who demonstrate true ignorance by on the one hand, claiming to follow in Rabin's footsteps, while on the other hand, they express support for the establishment of a sovereign Arab state in Yehudah and Shomron. As if the 'two-state solution' was at the heart of Rabin's political doctrine, instead of being its complete opposite!” Matot Arim stated.

Bringing politics into the discourse over Rabin is a true victory over violence, said Matot Arim spokeswoman Suzy Dim. “The nationalist camp must freely express itself this November. The murder must not silence Israeli democracy – that would mean that violence has won.”