Bennett at Rabin memorial: An entire Israeli generation has post-traumatic stress

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that an entire Israeli generation is suffering from post-traumatic stress, whose lives were shaken and molded by the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. 

Speaking at the official ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem commemorating the 26th anniversary of the assassination, Bennett added that the lesson he took from the tragedy is that "the people must not be divided, and the house must not be burned down. We are all brothers." 

Benjamin Netanyahu was the first opposition leader to snub the commemoration ceremony – even though he was invited – but will be among the speakers at a special Knesset session marking the anniversary that will be held at 5 p.m.

At an earlier ceremony at the President's Residence, Rabin's grandson, Yonatan Ben Artzi, praised the formation this year of the current government, saying violence and incitement had been replaced by hope as “the rule of the people has defeated the rule of the individual."

The past few years have been especially difficult for his family because of rising hatred and social divisions, said Ben Artzi. “Violence and incitement have spread everywhere against all the country’s citizens who dared to think differently,” he said in his speech. “The flashes of that night in November 1995 returned to all of our nightmares, as if in just another moment it could happen again. The division, style and language are much worse than back then. But the danger – it is the same danger.”

Regarding the change from a government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu to one headed by Bennett and Yair Lapid, Ben Artzi said: “After dark years of fear and paralysis, the people of Israel have straightened their backs, and after a long war for freedom and the nature of democracy – the people of Israel have won. This morning, 26 years after that same terrible night, I can look at you, my brothers and sisters of this wonderful people, and say from here – the mourning period has ended. It's been a long time coming, but this morning we wake up and march forward. This morning we can, and must, finally, to move on from the stage of trauma to the stage of healing. Because at the beginning of a new decade, a group of people that represent the complete opposite of the rule of the individual head the country –  the rule of the many and the good.”    

Likud said in response to Ben Artzi’s speech: “The rule of the people has defeated the rule of the individual? Exactly the opposite. It is the individual who deceived the people in order to steal the government from it.”

The 26th anniversary of the murder, according to the Jewish calendar, is set to be marked by events held all over Israel. The day is marked according to the Jewish calendar. The official memorial ceremony was held in the Great Leaders of the Nation plot in the cemetery on Mount Herzl where Rabin is buried. President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy and Supreme Court president Esther Hayut were in attendance.

The anniversary Rabin was be marked in schools too with a range of events, including memorial ceremonies in schools, seminars and classes about his legacy, social gatherings and discussions. The central rally for youth will be held in the evening at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, attended by Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton and Dalia Rabin, who is Rabin's daughter and head of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and thousands of young people from all over the country. A candle-light vigil will be held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, where Rabin was assassinated by a gunman, Yigal Amir, on November 4, 1995 after speaking at a rally at the square that is now named after him.

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