Rabin Day

Today is Rabin Day on which the country of Israel celebrates and honors the life of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Did you know that in the past, Yitzhak Rabin wanted to become an irrigation engineer, but ended up choosing a military career instead?


Rabin’s military career was vast and spanned over 28 years, where he climbed through all the ranks, from a young cadet in the Palmah, to the Chief of the General Staff. After the Six-Day War, Rabin (like many others) made the switch from an army career to politics. In his long political career, which included two terms as Israel’s Prime Minister, Rabin wished to make peace with Jordan, Syria, and the PLO. These actions were highly controversial in those days, and many people considered his waving of lands and deals with Israel’s enemies' acts of treason. On November 4, 1995, during a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Yigal Amir shot and killed Rabin on his way to his car. Rabin was buried in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

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