— Gil Shech 🇮🇱 (@gilshech) October 3, 2018
תפיצו את ההסתה, ככה זה היה, בדיוק ככה.
הקטע שנתניהו מבקש מכולם לא לרצוח את רבין מגיע ב-00:27. pic.twitter.com/6EcMpXuEPK
— MrSmoketoomuch (@Azovotibeima) October 21, 2018
An Israeli just posted a 30-second clip of Israeli TV news coverage of BIbi Netanyahu’s infamous 1995 speech in Jerusalem’s Zion Square, three weeks before YItzhak Rabin was assassinated. The clip is riveting not for what Netanyahu said in the few words covered in the news report. But rather for the vicious, murderous chants of the crowd calling for Rabin’s murder. Not to mention the flyers featuring Rabin, with eyes gouged out, dressed in an SS uniform. They make clear that Netanyahu was an accessory to murder. This was his Nuremberg speech. The fiery rhetoric of hate that encouraged both the murder of Rabin, and later Netanyahu’s ascension to leadership as a fiery hawk with clenched fist, who would first crush Palestinian terror and then crush Palestinian aspirations.
First, Bibi poured fuel on the fire of incitment to murder Rabin. Then later he was given the opportunity to murder Israeli democracy and he has made the most of the opportunity.
If you’re not convinced of Bibi’s culpability, remember that he campaigned in public surrounded by supporters carrying caskets marked “Rabin.” This was not merely theater. This was clear intent. It only took a terrorist like Yigal Amir, prepared to take the law into his own hands, to do the deed.
It was that moment three weeks later, the night Rabin was assassinated in the midst of a huge celebration of his achievements in negotiating the Oslo accords, that everything died. The Labor Party, which was subsequently placed into the hands of Israel’s leading militarist, Shimon Peres, died. Rabin’s successor made huge political miscalculations which only added to the disintegration of Labor as a viable party.
The peace process too died. Oslo was interred in the earth along with Rabin’s body. And the Likud was guaranteed 25 years of rule interrupted only by a short stint of Ehud Barak as prime minister.
So if you ever wonder where are the roots of the current Israeli collapse into fascism, you have only to watch these videos to know.
To be clear, I am not putting Rabin or the Labor Party forward as heroes whose motives were as pure as the driven snow. Both had much to answer for in their past statements and actions. Also, there is no guarantee that had Rabin lived, Oslo’s goals could have been realized. But at least there was some small glimmer of possibility that was snuffed out that night. And we are now living in the nightmare Bibi conjured in that speech.