Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

ON THE ASSASSINATION OF YITZHAK RABIN

Adopted by the 107th Annual Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
March, 1996

The Central Conference of American Rabbis joins in mourning the tragic and untimely death of Yitzhak Rabin, who fell victim to an assassin's bullets on motz'ei Shabbat, November 4, 1995, as he was leaving a massive peace rally in Tel Aviv.

Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's first "sabra" Prime Minister, devoted all his life to Israel's security and peace. As his friend and mentor Yigal Allon once observed, "nature endowed him with outstanding traits. He didn't have any need to show off. He always excelled in analytic ability, intellectual honesty, inner peace and bravery.

Yitzhak Rabin was Commander of the Harel Brigade in the War of Independence and served as Chief of Staff, overseeing the unification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War. As Prime Minister, he implemented his vision of peace and security by reaching an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization and by signing a peace agreement with Jordan. In recognition of his achievements, Prime Minister Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the CCAR mourns along with all Israel and all the world, the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and extends heartfelt condolences to his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that members of the CCAR in proclaiming the words of Jewish tradition, zecher tsaddik livracha reaffirm their commitment, as detailed in previous resolutions, to the Peace Process to which Yitzhak Rabin gave his life.