Rabin memorial - national unity or leftist rally?

Thousands flooded Tel Aviv Saturday night in memoriam for Yitzhak Rabin. Arutz Sheva attempts to determine what the rally means.

Yoni Kempinski,

Rally for Rabin
Rally for Rabin
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Over 100,000 people attended a memorial rally Saturday night in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by Yigal Amir in 1995. 

But while the large turnout suggests a show of unity, a conversation between Arutz Sheva and several participants reveal that the rally really showed a large turnout in support of Israel's left-wing. 

"I didn't have any debate," Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of the Orot Shaul AMIT academy in Kfar Batya, stated to reporters at the event. "I was sure I must come here, it's very important to all Israeli society."

"I'm sorry that some of the left-wing speakers took it to a total direction [sic] that was agreed in advance," he continued, noting it was not supposed to be a political event. "But they are wrong and they will lose because of that." 

Yariv Oppenheimer, head of extreme leftist group Peace Now, told Arutz Sheva that the rally was both a unity event and a political rally. 

"I think that the great majority of people that came here came because they have a political agenda, a political vision, a message, values, and that's why they are here," he opined, "but I know there are also people here from the right wing who came to protest political violence, and I'm happy about it - but when you listen to most of the speakers here and the public reaction, there's huge support for the two-state solution." 

But Sarah Rosenfeld, the bereaved mother of murdered Israeli Malachi Rosenfeld, believed in the potential for unity in the rally. Two terrorists shot Malachi near the community of Shvut Rachel in June.

"As I said before, this is my people, this is my country," she said. "Even if we are not the same, we don't think the same, we are still together and I have to accept that, and they have to accept me, and hopefully we'll do something together - something good." 




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