By: Stuart W. Davidson
The 20th anniversary of the assassination of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place last month, providing a stark reminder of that fateful November 4 for multiple generations of opportunities lost and proving to be a particularly emotional day for his son, Yuval Rabin.
Yuval, now 60 years old, was at the prime of his adult life when his father was assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. From that shattering event 20 years ago, much has changed but much has also remained the same.
As Chair of the American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin, a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to raise funds to support programs and initiatives that reflect and promote the legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister, I have had the distinct honor of working alongside Yuval for more than 10 years. Yuval himself has engaged in activities that perpetuate his father's legacy, including the Dor Shalom movement and the Israel Peace Initiative, both of which he was instrumental in founding. Together, we have worked towards the common goal of advancing the legacy of his father in meaningful ways that resonate with younger people - many of whom lack the personal recollection of Rabin's vision of an Israel living at peace with itself and with its neighbors. It was this vision that cost him his life. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the murder of Yitzhak Rabin (and some say the peace process), I sat down with Yuval for an intimate discussion on a man he knew better than any of us, his father.