Yitzhak Rabin Anniversary - Yes, Time for a Cheshbon Nefesh/Taking Account
Israel is marking 20 years since the assassination for Yitzhak Rabin.
During these two decades, left wing leaders and activists have been calling for right wingers to do a "cheshbon nefesh" - a critical self-evaluation - about the events leading up to the murder.
Shimon Peres and Rabin family members to this day, continue to point the finger at right wing politicians. This year, Peres said he "can never forgive" Netanyahu and Arik Sharon for "watching posters of Rabin dressed in an SS uniform, in Zion Square, and failing to intervene".
I agree that it is time for such an accounting.
This accounting and self-evaluation should come from the Left.
How is it that, for twenty years, they have used the Rabin assassination to divide rather than unite the Jewish people?
Ever since Leah Rabin, Yitzhak's wife, initiated a witch-hunt against rabbis, politicians and activists, blaming them for spilling her husband's blood - the Rabin memorial days have become a Rabin-fest, directing venom and blame against Israel's right wing supporters - over 50% of the population.
I was, in those days, a supporter of the Oslo "Peace" Process. I was an admirer of Rabin, and was horrified, devastated and disgusted by the assassination.
However, in the weeks, months and years that followed, I was shocked and deeply disappointed by the cynical response of Rabin's supporters. The self-righteous blaming of innocents. So much so, that it woke me up to the fallacies & corruption in the whole Peace Process.
Even now, I can barely listen to two minutes of the national memorial events. Literally, my stomach churns at the hypocrisy and slander of (some of) the speakers.
As for Mr Peres, and his inability to "ever forgive" Netanyahu and Sharon about the Rabin SS posters....
Those SS posters were produced, printed and distributed by the Shabak (Internal Security Services), through the good offices of their undercover agent and provocateur, Avishai Raviv, under political direction of Rabin and Peres. (see: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124014#.Vi-qtPkrKUk, etc).
So how exactly were Sharon and Netanyahu supposed to "intervene', Mr Peres?