Yitzchak Rabin
Yitzchak Rabin Israel news photo: Flash 90

What really happened on the day that Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was shot and killed? According to an Israeli professor who has spent years researching the subject, there is no point in answering, since the public does not really care to know.

“I thought that people would be interested, but I saw that there was no interest and decided to move on,” Professor Aryeh Zaritzky told Arutz Sheva.

Years ago, Zaritzky said, he and fellow members of the Committee to Investigate the Rabin Murder worked to gather data and created videos which they showed in English, Russian and Spanish as well as Hebrew. However, he said, when they tried to take their information to the media, “Even the biggest journalists in Israel and abroad were scared off when they saw the materials.”

The media and the public are afraid of confrontation with security services, Zaritzky charged. “Apparently people fear the security services’ power,” he said, adding, “I myself suffered harassment for years.” Security services listened to his phone calls and sent people to give him warnings, he alleged.

Rabin’s assassination has continuing relevance, he said, declaring, “Unraveling the Rabin murder holds the key to understanding the campaign against the religious community.”

While Zaritzky said he has given up his goal of solving the mystery, many remain determined. Arutz Sheva spoke to participants in a public conference on the Rabin killing this week, and found that many are calling to reinvestigate the murder.

Participants were unsure whether convicted assassin Yigal Amir had in fact killed Rabin, but almost all believed that whether or not Amir was involved, there was a second shooter as well.

The secular anniversary of Rabin's death is Saturday. Planned memorial ceremonies may be postponed due to inclement weather. Ceremonies have drawn fewer participants each year, leading to some being canceled completely.