The 'It Was Twenty Years Ago Today' Edition The Promised Podcast

We discuss the struggle over Rabin's legacy; why so many Israelis don't believe Rabin was killed by Yigal Amir; and where we'd be now if Rabin had lived.

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The memorial for Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv, November 3, 2005
The memorial for Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv, November 3, 2005Credit: Reuters

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In a show marking, with sadness, the 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s murder, Allison, Noah and Don (fresh back from rehab) discuss three Rabin-related topics, and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

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Whose death is it, anyway?

We discuss the struggle over Rabin’s legacy: Should it be a broad message about political violence, or a narrower message about the dangers of the occupation?

Who really killed Rabin?

Alarming polls show that one third of all Israelis and half of religious Israeli Jews do not believe that PM Rabin was killed by Yigal Amir, instead believing one of the many conspiracy theories that proliferate. We ask why.

Had Rabin lived

We try to answer that unanswerable, counterfactual question: Had Yigal Amir eaten some bad sushi on the 3rd of November, 1995, what country and what world would we be living in today?

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