The Assassination of Rabin: A Provocative Interpretation

In an excerpt from her book, Next Pesach: Women and Literacy in Religious Zionism, Tamar Elor compares the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin to a murder committed to preserve family honor. She uses this metaphor to illuminate some of the political-ideological thinking that led to the murder and that guided the ensuing national mourning for the victim. In this parallel, the assassination is seen as the successful erasing from history of “illicit relations” that the government had conducted in its peace initiative with the Palestinians. (Elor’s book will appear in English next year from Wayne State University Press.)