By Moshe Feiglin
Translated from Ma’ariv’s NRG website.
There is a major discrepancy between the national energies invested in commemorating Yitzchak Rabin and the way the man is perceived by a growing majority of Israel’s public. In all the official media, some sort of mourning takes place during the weeks surrounding the date of his assassination. But under the surface, the public is – at best – distancing itself from Rabin.
The assassination of a prime minister is a terrible thing. Its social significance is far broader than its personal aspect. It is certainly appropriate that Rabin Memorial Day should be a meaningful day for all of us. Why hasn’t that happened? Why is just the opposite taking place? Because Yitzchak Rabin made a grave mistake when he submitted to the pressure of the Oslo cabal and decided to spearhead this madness.
What does that have to do with Rabin’s memorial? Why mix his commemoration with politics? Because Oslo is far beyond a political dispute. Oslo is a menace that perpetually pursues and murders us. Just a few weeks ago, four Jews from Beit Hagai were murdered on the road by terrorists who were released as part of the cursed Oslo process.
The process that began when Yitzchak Rabin shook hands with the head of the Organization to Liberate the Land of Israel from the Jews (PLO) brought us much more than an unending trail of blood. Prior to Rabin, all of Israel’s prime ministers – from both Right and Left – understood that it was dangerous to speak with, meet or recognize the PLO in any manner. Our conflict with the terror organizations is not a border dispute. The terrorists’ goal is to totally undermine the right of Jews to establish a state in any place in the Land of Israel. Rabin’s handshake with Arafat was essentially Israel’s recognition of the “Palestinian” claim. Fifteen years later the world says: If you admit that you stole half the Land, then the other half is not yours either. Your presence here is one big crime.
All the Jewish Agency’s volunteer ambassadors and all the millions to be invested in PR world-wide will no longer help. From the moment that we recognized the “Palestinian” claim, we pulled the existential foundation out from under our own feet and the State of Israel lost its legitimacy to exist.
To properly commemorate Rabin, we must be able to admit that Oslo was a grave error and to separate the faulty policies from the man. But in the 15 years since Rabin’s assassination, just the opposite has occurred. Rabin’s political camp created an intrinsic bond between the man and his politics. Whoever opposed his policies was summarily demonized. In this manner – almost coercively – the shock from the assassination was used to force Israeli society to continue down the Oslo path.
It worked very well. The fact is that today, the Likud, Labor and Kadimah all propose precisely the same thing: Oslo. Rabin’s assassination was used to neutralize Israeli society from any other option.
With the last remnants of healthy reasoning that have survived the 15 year Rabin brainwashing campaign, the average Israeli understands where Rabin’s commemoration is leading – and he has had enough.