16 Years since the Death of Yitzhak Rabin

Today, Israel marks 16 years since the death of Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, one of the IDF’s most admired leaders and one of Israel’s most remembered Prime Ministers. Hundreds of ceremonies throughout the country commemorated his life’s work and his untimely death.  The IDF’s current Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz encouraged the soldiers under his command to use the day as an opportunity to go to even greater lengths to act with more humanity and kindness to those around them.

General Staff Memorial Service in Honor of Sixteen Years Since Rabin's Assassination

General Staff Memorial Service in Honor of Sixteen Years Since Rabin's Assassination

Yitzhak Rabin was born in 1922 in Jerusalem. At the age of 19, he joined the Palmach (The strike force for the Haganah), being one of the first of his generation to do so. The Palmach was disbanded with the establishment of Israel, and merged into the newborn IDF.

Since its establishment, Rabin was one of the IDF’s boldest and most admired leaders.
He was the commander of some of the IDF’s most impressive operations, including entering Jerusalem that was at the time (1948) under siege, infiltrating the Egyptian control in Sinai and forcing the Egyptian government to negotiate a truce.
Rabin quickly advanced in the IDF’s hierarchy, and by the time he was 32 years old he already received the rank of Major-General.

In 1962 Rabin was appointed Chief of the General Staff and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. As Chief of Staff, Rabin responded to the multiple terror attacks organized by the Fatah organizational front, ordering Golani Brigade troops to attack several key locations.

In June 1967, a war erupted that proved to be the most successful in IDF’s history, and one of the most impressive in the history of modern warfare. In six days, Israel has defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan. During less than a week, the IDF managed to not only survive such a disparity of forces, but also keep its enemies away for years to come.

Chief of staff Yitzhak Rabin talking to soldiers in the field during the Six day war  (source: GPO)

Chief of staff Yitzhak Rabin talking to soldiers in the field during the Six day war (source: GPO)

After establishing himself as one of the greatest generals the IDF has ever had, Rabin went on to become a successful politician. As a politician, he was awarded with key roles in the Israeli government. Rabin, the first native-born Israeli Prime minister, was elected twice: once in 1974 and again in 1992. Despite his tough image as a soldier and an officer, from the moment he was elected, Rabin made every effort possible in order to promote the peace process. In 1992, he signed an historical peace agreement with Jordan, and in 1995 he has signed the Oslo Accords, which were to lead the way for a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mr. David Ben Gurion Recieving the Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin who Came to Congratulate him on his 80th Birthday (source:GPO)

Mr. David Ben Gurion Recieving the Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin who Came to Congratulate him on his 80th Birthday (source:GPO)

Yizhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995 by Yigal Amir, an Israeli civilian. Today, the IDF salutes the great role model Rabin represented in his public service.

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