At a memorial service for Yitzhak Rabin held at Mount Herzl on Sunday, his granddaughter Noa Rothman appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was present at the ceremony, asking him to distance himself from an incendiary tweet by a journalist who used to work in his office.
The tweet included a photo of Rabin shaking hands with Yasser Arafat, with a word referring to treason in the background. “No one here wrote it but no one has expressed reservations either.” Rothman appealed to other public figures to stop saying that Rabin was not a traitor, asking them instead to stop calling anyone a traitor and to refrain from delegitimizing others. “You are responsible for the welfare of everyone, not just your voters. If you don’t stop the incitement and attacks against anyone who disagrees with you, blood will be spilled here again.”
Netanyahu referred to her words in a Knesset speech later in the day, saying that he didn’t believe anyone in his bureau had written those words. “I checked and it never happened. It was by a journalist not connected to my office, and I vehemently reject that tweet. It’s an example of discourse about restrained speech and combating incitement which sometimes leads to hurtful and baseless statements, not just about me.”
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