As we were walking along the 17th June Street towards the Brandenburg Gate, we came across a familiar name on one of the street signs – Yitzhak Rabin, our former prime minister, who was assassinated on November 4th, 1995. I was there, in the demonstration after which he was shot by Yigal Amir, the disgusting fanatical extreme right winged law student, may he burn in hell (if only we Jews believed in hell, that is). It was a great national trauma, and afterwards things have started to go downhill, and never recovered. So I was both glad and sad to see his name there.
Afterwards, I read about the street naming event, which took place in April 2004, during some kind of conference against anti-Semitism. The only problem was that the street was named after Rabin by the former president, Moshe Katsav, now a suspect in a series of sexual harassment incidents. How embarrassing, I’d say. Anyway, this same Katsav (I sure hope he behaved better abroad…), came back a year later and named a street after the first Prime Minister of Israel and practically the founding father of our state, David Ben-Gurion (the Ben-Gurion street is the continuation of Yitzhak Rabin Street).
Rabin and Ben-Gurion, although not free from criticism, were worthy men to name streets after. So just forget about the Katsav issue.
And this is a site for Rabin’s memory.