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The granddaughter of the assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, saying “I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” will join the new political party of former prime minister Ehud Barak.

Noa Rothman, 43, is an author, screenwriter, attorney and mother of three, and perhaps is best known for her tearful eulogy for the slain leader in 1995.

She said the decision to enter politics wasn’t easy.

“I’ve seen from up close the price of hatred and incitement,” Rothman said in a statement announcing the move. “We shouldn’t accept extremist views in Israeli society.

“We can’t sit and wait, expecting someone else to do the work for us. This is the duty of my generation.”

Rothman speaks each year at memorial events for her grandfather. Last year during the annual memorial rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, she accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of incitement against the left.

Barak announced his as-yet unnamed party last week, with its main objective to be unseating Netanyahu.