Yitzhak Rabin was twice Prime Minister of Israel, Defense Minister and Commander in Chief during the Six Day War. On the 4th of November 1995, in his second term of office as Prime Minister, Rabin was assassinated at the end of a Peace Rally he attended in Tel aviv by a fellow Israeli who radically opposed his political views. The murder shook the nation and left it questioning how such a disaster could take place in a democratic country.
The rally that Rabin attended on the night he was killed was held in Kings Of Israel Square in Tel Aviv, the largest public city square in Tel Aviv. After Rabin died, the square was renamed Rabin Square and ever since then has been the site of political rallies, demonstrations and exhibitions. The Yitzhak Rabin Monument was also built in the north-easterly corner of the square where Rabin was shot. A small legacy wall for Rabin makes up part of the memorial and a small amount of the graffiti drawn on nearby walls by mourning young people after the murder still remains to this day.
The square is located south of the City Hall on Ibn Gabirol and at the top of the stairs leading to the City Hall entrance is engraved in Hebrew, Arabic and English Rabin's last speech from the rally. Every Friday, even now, over a decade later, a small group who call themselves "the peace guards" gather at this spot at noon to pay respect to the much-missed leader.
On the northern side of the square there is another memorial sculpture- that of Israeli artist Yigal Tumerkin- in memory of the Holocaust victims. The monument is an inverted pyramid fashioned from rusty metal and glass.
The Yitzhak Rabin Monument is a must-see for any visitor; it serves as a sad reminder of the event that effectively changed Israeli history and the peace process.
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