Tears of a nation: Today we honor the memory of Yitzhak Rabin, z”l, our prime minister who was assassinated 13 years ago on 4 November after a peace rally in Tel Aviv. The square, renamed Kikar Rabin, is now the site of annual peace rallies and gatherings to commemorate the man and what we lost with his death. The idea that someone thinks that it is morally justified to kill someone because they hold a different belief or political agenda is repellent, and it really shook the nation up, from far left to far right, and continues to be a source of political introspection.
With that in mind, we go to the polls tomorrow for city elections across the country. A candidate in Sachnin (a large Arab village near Karmiel) had to withdraw because of ties to terror. Meanwhile, the brawling isn’t limited to politics, as monks in J’em come to blows.