Thursday, October 29, 2009

PM Netanyahu at Rabin State memorial ceremony:Rabin was "a symbol of the integrity of Israel's fighters".

The annual service commemorating 14 years since the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was held on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl on Thursday afternoon, attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and other dignitaries, MKs and family members.

Opening the ceremony, Peres said that Rabin was "impressive both in uniting the country during times of war, and on the path of peace."

Netanyahu said Rabin was "a symbol of the integrity of Israel's fighters."

He decried political extremism, saying, "We are a nation which remembers, but we're not inclined to remember the details of arguments. What we will engrave in our memories is the uncompromising courage of the argument, the 'I and I alone' approach."

"When people are convinced that only their point of view can save the nation, and that any other opinion will destroy it, they are the source of destruction," he added.