An Israeli film director told CNN on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a part in creating the charged public atmosphere that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
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Dror Moreh, who directed the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers," said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, that "there was a lot of incitement toward Rabin as a prime minister then. And Benjamin Netanyahu took his big share in that."
Moreh claimed Netanyahu headed rallied against Rabin. "Some of the rallies were horrible. I mean, they called Rabin a Nazi collaborator," he said.
"Yigal Amir, the assassin, is in jail," Moreh continued. "But I think much of the perpetrators, of the people who sent him, the extreme right-wing rabbis, those politicians who were also there, are as much to blame as the one that pulled the trigger."
A spokesperson for Netanyahu told CNN the prime minister had not seen “The Gatekeepers,” and had no plans to do so.
In another interview Tuesday, Moreh told the Huffington Post's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that that American Jews' unyielding support for Israel is harmful to it in the long run.
The majority of the Jewish population in the United States cherishes Israel, he said, adding that it is the memory of the Holocaust and the sense that Israel could be a safe haven for Jews should the need for such a refuge ever arise again that leads American Jews to the "wrong conclusion That they have to support Israel no matter what."
According to Moreh, rather than doing good, this belief is actually "damaging the state of Israel," leading it "toward an apartheid country."
"By not criticizing it, by accepting everything Israel does politically, and especially toward the conflict, they [U.S. Jews] are damaging their own goal to protect the state of Israel as a safe haven for them," Moreh told the Huffington Post.
Moreh's film "The Gatekeepers" features interviews with six former Shin Bet directors, who discuss their service and the leaders they served. Each one ponders a central question: Can basic values of universal justice and democracy be upheld in the face of frequent threats against the Israel?
The film, which has screened at several major festivals and which Sony Pictures Classics has acquired for distribution, was awarded the nonfiction or documentary prize by the National Society of Film Critics in the United States and has also been selected for the Academy Awards' short list for best documentary nominees along with another Israeli entry, "5 Broken Cameras," directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.