Rabin's Granddaughter Joins ex-PM Ehud Barak's Party

Noa Rothman, whose grandfather is the late premier Yitzhak Rabin who was murdered by an extremist, says she can't ignore 'price of hatred and incitement'

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Noa Rothman with Ehud Barak, July 1, 2019.
Noa Rothman with Ehud Barak, July 1, 2019.Credit:

The granddaughter of Israel's slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announced Monday she was joining Ehud Barak's new party ahead of the September 17 election.

Noa Rothman said that she "had differences with Ehud Barak" and that "there was also anger. But this is the time for brave and determined people. Experienced [people] who are not afraid. Who are willing to pay the cost."

Rothman said the decision to join politics was not an easy one, but that she couldn’t ignore "price of hatred and incitement."

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"I'm closely familiar with the price of hatred and incitement. We cannot accept the radicalization of Israeli society," she said.

Barak, a former prime minister, defense minister and miltiary chief, congratulated Rothman on joining his party.

Yitzhak Rabin, who was elected prime minister in 1974 and in 1992, was assassinated by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir on November 4th, 1995, following a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv. Rabin, who served as the Israeli army's chief of staff during the 1967 Six Day War, brought Barak to the Labor Party in 1995.

On Sunday, Barak announced that Yair Fink, who would have been positioned in the 9th spot on the Labor Party's Knesset slate, was joining his newly formed party. Fink was formerly the parliamentary aide of lawmaker and ex-Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich.