The true mean­ing of Rabin’s di­vided legacy

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

ing last week’s Knes­set ses­sion com­mem­o­rat­ing Rabin’s death graph­i­cally un­der­lined — the Ne­tanyahu years have left deep di­vi­sions within Is­raeli so­ci­ety, such fis­sures are hardly new. Images of the Wadi Salib riots in 1959 il­lus­trate the dis­crim­i­na­tion against work­ing-class Mizrachi Jews at the hands of the hege­monic, Ashke­nazi-dom­i­nated Labour party, which was even­tu­ally to play a key part in the left’s dra­matic ejec­tion from gov­ern­ment in 1977.

War and peace marked Me­nachem Be­gin’s premier­ship and both left Is­raelis deeply di­vided: the mu­seum doc­u­ments Is­rael’s de­scent into the quag­mire of Le­banon in 1982 and the re­sul­tant dis­con­tent both at home — one peace ac­tivist, Emil Grun­zweig, was fa­mously mur­dered when a gre­nade was thrown into a rally protest­ing against the Sabra and Shatila mas­sacre — and, in­deed, in the field.

Footage shows Be­gin air­ily dis­miss­ing the pub­lic res­ig­na­tion of an IDF of­fi­cer, as well as the re­ac­tions of mem­bers of the com­pany he left be­hind: they, too, dis­agree with one an­other about the ac­tions Mov­ing: A Tel Aviv rally last month in mem­ory of late Is­raeli PM Yitzhak Rabin


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