Five Comments on the Situation

I don't want to be petty, but it seems to me that the Rabin legacy gets stronger every year mostly because he was murdered.

1. They declare a hudna, but they conduct pinpoint assassinations. They promise gestures, but they launch missiles. They elect a leader with a large majority, but don't let him lead and aim to topple him. How long can this suicidal situation continue in the leadership of the Likud?

2. The articles praising the personality of Beiga Shochat, who was a sympathetic politician, focused primarily on his being "an honest man." Is it possible to understand from this that he was alone in his generation, while the rest of the politicians did not suffer from a surfeit of honesty? There's something to that. Take for example, "Agrexco Tours," which according to media reports flew dozens and hundreds of politicians, "on the house." Aflalo says he "forgot to pay" because he was sick, and it seems his memory returned to him this week after reports in the papers. Ruhama Avraham launched a frontal assault: And what about all the MKs who fly in luxury and stay in fancy hotels? One paper published the names of six MKs who flew 66 times for free. At the top of the list is Labor MK Ephraim Sneh, a socialist par excellence. Israel also appears as number 28 on the list of global corruption. The state's come a long way since the days of the Chosen People and a Spartan and puritanical lifestyle. There may be a lot of talk about corruption, but I've yet to find any declaration of war against it in any political party's platform.

3. The person who headed the Shin Bet when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated wakes up from time to time to say something smart about the assassination. After the assassination, he once gloried in the fact that he was the one who repeatedly warned that such a thing was possible. If so, it is difficult to understand why as head of the service he did not take the necessary steps that could have prevented the murder. The ease with which Yigal Amir reached Rabin cost that former Shin Bet chief his job. Now he says it was a mistake that the bodyguards did not kill Amir on the spot. Such a command was given by Yitzhak Shamir in his day, who ordered that the terrorists who hijacked a bus should not come out of it alive - an order that brought us the Bus 300 scandal in which two hijackers caught alive were murdered in cold blood without a trial. That affair led to a raft of lies, and caused a real shake up in the Shin Bet. Imagine how many doubts and questions would have cropped up in the past decade over who really killed Rabin, if Amir had been killed. How did the third hole get into Rabin's shirt even though there were only two bullets found in his body? Was Amir's elimination meant to silence the question of who was really interested in Rabin's murder? Even with Amir locked up for the rest of his life, there are a lot of questions. There are a lot of questions about Champagne.

Those are but some of the questions that would have divided the nation to this day if Amir had been eliminated on the spot. In a state of law, even murderers stand trial.

4. Every once in a while, the TV captures an angry group of Gush Katif refugees cursing and swearing at the government, and mostly at Yonatan Bassi, for the fact that they are still homeless, moving from hotel to hotel. One can understand their sorrow, but the questions are going to the wrong address. They should ask themselves why they were enraptured by rabbis and leaders who promised them there would be no evacuation. Those who signed up on time were settled on time. They should complain about their leadership who fanned the flames. None of them were left without a roof over their head.

5. In the 57 years since statehood, there have been 30 governments and 629 ministers. There were prime ministers who made history and those who faded. For good and bad, each made their contribution. Next week, the "Rabin Legacy" ceremonies will begin, and leaders from all over the world will come here. I don't know what "Legacy" means. Ben Gurion, who founded the state and shaped its character didn't have a legacy? Menachem Begin, who had the courage not to annex the territories, make peace with Egypt, and recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinians also didn't have a legacy? I don't want to be petty, but it seems to me that the Rabin legacy gets stronger every year mostly because he was murdered. He won't be remembered for being the first Labor premier to lose to the Likud, nor for the Oslo accords, but for the fact that in his day, hands were raised against democracy.