Stand back and take it all in
Yitzchak Rabin
Acrylic on canvas
1 x 1m (39.37 x 39.37 inch)

Yitzchak Rabin

יצחק רבין

Yitzhak Rabin was born in Jerusalem in 1922 and went to Kadoorie Agricultural High School, joining the Haganah’s Palmach (strike force) straight after graduating. Rabin went on to spend 26 years in military uniform holding several key positions. Israel’s fighting doctrine of ‘movement and surprise’ is attributed to Rabin, a doctrine which led to the stunning victory of 1967. As Ambassador to the United States from 1968, he successfully secured massive military aid. He returned to Israel in 1973, joined the Labor party and was elected as a member of the Knesset. He was given the post of Minister of Labor in Golda Meir’s government, but this government resigned in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War. Rabin formed a new Labor government. In 1976 he presided over “Operation Entebbe”, the rescue of Air France passengers hijacked by terrorists. Rabin resigned from party leadership in 1977 over a foreign currency regulation infringement and was replaced by Menachem Begin. Over the next two decades he remained a member of Knesset and served as Minister of Defense in two national unity governments. Winning the Labor primaries in 1992, for the second time he was elected Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. Within the next three years, Rabin signed the Oslo Agreements with the Palestinians; the Declaration of Principles on the White House Lawn (giving autonomy to the Palestinian Authority) and a peace treaty with Jordan. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. On November 4, 1995 he was assassinated by a Jewish right-wing extremist at a peace rally.