Marking 26 years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel held a series of events in his memory Oct. 18. There was an annual commemoration ceremony at the Mount Herzl National Cemetery, and the traditional special Knesset session dedicated to Rabin. Shortly before the ceremony at the cemetery, opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he would not attend.
Netanyahu’s unusual decision not to participate in the memorial service set off a storm of responses from the Israeli left. It was yet another round of a fight that had been waged in Israel since that terrible night 26 years ago.