Monday, November 17, 2008



This could also have been titled, "The abuse of one of Israel's beloved generals." For this is what increasingly has been done by Israel's self-declared leftist elites at the annual memorial services for the assassinated prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

In Tel Aviv and throughout the land, the occasion has been a festival for bashing Israel's more right-wing oriented loyal citizens, using the murder not only to discredit a whole movement, but making a murdered man who (luckily for all these abusers of his memory) can no longer answer them - agree to things spoken in his memory that he never politically or strategically agreed to.

It is a cynical misuse of this yearly-repeated occasion, and an abuse of much of what the real Rabin stood for as one of Israel's former brilliant chiefs of staff and prime ministers.

Thank God, yes literally thank God, for the courage Rabin's son Yuval has shown in seeking to honor the memory of what his father really stood for, thus respecting his beloved parent enough to hopefully begin an honest reappraisal of this cynical abuse of the man by many of Israel's elite.

Rather than blaming him or criticizing him, Israelis who really care should be applauding him for opening this badly-needed discussion by stating that his father would today more likely choose for the realistic outlook and platform of the Likud than for the nearly completely-demoralized sellout of Israel's left. This left includes Kadima's Ehud Olmert, who so arrogantly misused the assassination anniversary to poison Israel's political atmosphere with his Meretz-like surrender to Muslim Arab intransigence, making his declarations with the insinuated blessing of a man murdered "by the right" and who is unable to thunder his denial to all that is spinelessly said in his name.

This is what he told the Knesset on October 5, 1995 - about a month before his death:

"We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

And these are the main changes, not all of them, which we envision and want in the permanent solution:

A. First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma'ale Adumim and Givat Ze'ev -- as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.

B. The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.

C. Changes which will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the "Green Line," prior to the Six Day War.

D. The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif."

Thank you Yuval, also in the name of what your father really stood for!

Jan Willem van der Hoeven,
International Christian Zionist Center
International Christian Zionist Center
P.O. Box 49063
91490 Jerusalem,

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