The true meaning of Rabin’s divided legacy
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