Labor party leader Merav Michaeli accuses opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu of being complicit within the political assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Michaeli, speaking at a conference ahead of Saturday night’s memorial ceremony marking 27 years for the reason that Rabin assassination, also singles out Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir.
“Yitzhak Rabin was murdered in a political assassination. He was murdered in a political assassination with the cooperation of Benjamin Netanyahu and Ben Gvir on the time, with the symbol from his Cadillac,” she says.
Ben Gvir first captured public attention when he was filmed as a teen boasting about stealing an emblem from Rabin’s automobile.
“We got to his automobile, and we’ll get to him, too,” he bragged shortly before Rabin’s assassination.
Netanyahu has been repeatedly accused of leading incitement that led to Rabin’s killing.
Rabin was murdered on November 4, 1995, by Yigal Amir, an extremist Jew, who was against the Oslo Accords and the handing over of control of parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians as a component of the landmark peace agreement.
Within the weeks before the assassination, Netanyahu, then head of the opposition, and other senior Likud members attended a right-wing political rally in Jerusalem where protesters branded Rabin a “traitor,” “murderer,” and “Nazi” for signing a peace agreement with the Palestinians earlier that 12 months.
He also marched in a Ra’anana protest as demonstrators behind him carried a mock coffin.
Netanyahu has recurrently rebuffed the allegations that he ignored inflammatory rhetoric that incited Rabin’s murder and characterised the accusations as a type of “political assassination.”
In response to Michaeli’s comments, sources near Netanyahu told Channel 12 that she is “doing every little thing to clear the Knesset threshold. Nothing is sacred to her, not even Rabin. She’s attempting to delegitimize your entire right-wing camp.”