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How Peace and Justice were Destroyed

Ten years ago today, the man who was leading Israel out of a dead-end of violence and paranoia was assassinated by an extreme right-wing Jewish settler. The declared purpose of the assassination was to prevent resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. It succeeded.

Excerpts from BBC archives --
(BBC, November 4, 1995) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been assassinated.

Mr Rabin was shot three times at close range in the stomach and chest by an assailant as he left a peace rally in Tel Aviv earlier on Saturday.

He was taken to hospital in Tel Aviv where he later died.

The gunman, named as Yigal Amir, was rapidly overpowered and arrested.

He is believed to be one of the founders of an illegal Jewish settlement on the West Bank and a member of an extreme right-wing organisation.

The rally at which Mr Rabin was shot was attended by about 100,000 Israelis who back the Rabin government's peace initiatives with the Palestinians.

"I hope that all of us will have the ability to overcome the tragedy and continue the peace process in all of the Middle East." Yasser Arafat, PLO chairman.

Security was tight but police allowed right-wing groups, who oppose any peace deal, to protest nearby.

Israel TV said Yigal Amir, 27, had confessed to shooting the prime minister and had told investigators that he did not regret his actions.

"I hope that all of us - the Israelis and the Palestinians - will have the ability to overcome the tragedy and continue the peace process in all of the Middle East," [PLO chairman Yasser] Arafat said.

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