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Exclusive: Rabbis Invited For Pre-Annapolis Temple Mount Talks

Israel’s Chief Rabbis and a prominent rabbi calling for Jewish prayer and a synagogue on the Temple Mount leave for the White House for talks.

  1. Exclusive: Rabbis Invited For Pre-Annapolis Temple Mount Talks
  2. Kassams Fired, Five Terrorists Killed
  3. Fatah-Hamas Contacts Alongside the Struggle for Supremacy
  4. Anti-Semitism Up in US, Incidents Worldwide
  5. Labor Court Asked to Order Teachers Back to Work
  6. Tel Aviv Rally Marks 12 Years Since Rabin Assassination
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1. Exclusive: Rabbis Invited For Pre-Annapolis Temple Mount Talks

by Ezra HaLevi

Israel’s Chief Rabbis and the Chief Rabbi of Haifa have been invited to the White House for pre-Annapolis talks to explain the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

Chief Rabbis Yonah Metzger and Shlomo Amar, as well as the Chief Rabbi of Haifa and Chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Communications Committee Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen departed Saturday evening for a series of meetings to clarify to US leaders that the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site.

Ahead of the Annapolis Conference, the Bush administration is trying to gauge Israel’s “red lines” and examine the possibility of relinquishing the Temple Mount to Islam.

Despite the fact that many rabbis both visit and encourage other Jews to visit the Temple Mount in the manner permitted by Jewish law, the chief rabbinate says that Jews should not visit the Temple Mount. A large sign is affixed to the path leading to the Mount saying it is “forbidden for Jews to visit the Mount according to Jewish law.”

All three rabbis agree that the Temple Mount must remain under Jewish sovereignty. However, the chief rabbis believe the mount should be closed to all since a special level of ritual purity must be obtained before ascending to the site of the Jewish Holy Temple. Rabbi Cohen believes the Temple Mount should be open to Jewish worship and a synagogue should be constructed there.

Second Such Meeting
Arutz-7’s Yedidya HaCohen reports that a secret meeting on the matter took place two weeks ago during one of the recent visits by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Jerusalem. The meeting dealt with Jerusalem’s holy sites and was attended by Rabbi Cohen, as well as Muslim and Christian religious leaders. The meeting lasted over two hours.

Muslim leaders aired their claim that “the Jews want to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosques” and their oft-heard denial that there was ever a Jewish temple at the site. The chief Mufti has already declared that Jews should not be allowed to pray at the site. Recent archaological finds from the First Temple have not tempered Muslim denial of pre-Islamic history on the mount, as well as the Western Wall.

Rabbi Cohen responded to those present: “It is forbidden to deny that the Jews had our Holy Temple at that site. It is forbidden to forget that King David purchased the Temple Mount, King Solomon built the Holy Temple and Ezra the Scribe rebuilt it as well [after it was destroyed –ed.]. All who come afterward must recognize the rights of those who came first. Although I do not propose the demolition of the mosques, the Muslims must remember that they are there due to us.”

Rabbi Cohen also recalled the historical fact that the Muslim Caliph Omar Suleiman built a synagogue on the Temple Mount where Jews prayed, and that it was later destroyed by another Caliph.

In summation, Rabbi Cohen told Rice and the other religious leaders that he is completely opposed to any withdrawal from the Temple Mount and site of the Holy Temple.

Rice reportedly responded: “Honorable rabbi, I understand you well. I am the daughter of a priest and the granddaughter of a priest, I learned the Bible and know what is written there.”

Rice said, at the conclusion of the meeting, that she understood that religious matters were at the root of the disagreements ahead of the conference. “If this matter is not solved, then nothing will be solved,” she said. Those at the meeting reported her demeanor as tense.

As a follow-up, the invitations to the Chief Rabbis to the White House for three days of meetings were issued. The meetings, which will be attended by members of the Islamic Wakf and Christian leaders, will reportedly deal with a proposal similar to that floated by Vice Premier Chaim Ramon (Kadima). According to the proposal, the Jerusalem “Holy Basin” – meaning the Old City and surrounding areas – would be administered by a joint committee and not remain under Israeli sovereignty. According to Ramon’s plan, the Western Wall and Temple Mount would remain under Israeli control, but the Americans are reportedly pushing to see the Temple Mount relinquished as well.

Sources connected to the Chief Rabbinate say there is great significance to the inclusion of Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who has declared publicly that he will fight such a plan and not just take part in the inter-religious arrangements being planned for the Holy City. Rabbi Cohen’s position that the Temple Mount must be opened to Jewish prayer is well known, as well as his call for the establishment of a synagogue on the Mount.

Also joining the rabbinic delegation are Chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Oded Weiner and Rabbi David Rosen, former chief rabbi of Ireland and the head of the World Committee for Jewish-Christian relations.

Conference Mirrors Pre-State Events
The meetings resemble similar discussions by the British Shaw Committee that took place 80 years ago. Those meetings aimed to determine to whom the Western Wall belonged. Former Israel Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook went before the committee to offer his perspective, while the committee honored the Muslim Mufti by coming to his office adjacent to the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Kook presented the committee with arguments for Jewish rights to pray at the site and emphasized its holiness. When asked to bring supporting proof, Rabbi Kook responded: “By relying on documents, we are liable to weaken this truth, which is among those that are so well known that it is not in need of proof. It is similar to one who raises a candle to increase the brightness of the sun’s light…It is known that this site is enwrapped in the same holiness of our Holy Temple.”

Later in the deliberations, the heads of the Zionist establishment agreed to relinquish claims of ownership of the Western Wall and receive only the right to pray at the site. In response to the initiative, Rabbi Kook responded: “G-d forbid we give up the Western Wall; we have not received power of attorney from the Nation of Israel!”

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2. Kassams Fired, Five Terrorists Killed

by Ezra HaLevi

The Israel Air Force launched three aerial strikes against Arab terrorists in northern Gaza Sunday morning killing five and wounding two others. In all three strikes, the army scored direct hits on Arabs who beforehand were directly involved in launching Kassam rockets against Jewish towns in the western Negev.

Three rockets landed outside the town of Sderot and one hit a home in the town. No injuries were reported.

Scores of rockets and mortar shells have rained down on the western Negev in recent weeks, with thousands absorbed since Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.

Hevron Attack Thwarted, Rock-Throwing, Shootings
IDF Soldiers in Hevron arrested an Arab man carrying a 10-centimeter knife Saturday near the Machpelah Cave, the burial site of Judaism’s biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Several thousand Jews were present at the time in honor of the reading of the “Chayei Sarah” Torah portion over the Sabbath, which documents the patriarch Abraham’s purchase of the Cave and surrounding area.

Border Police also arrested an Arab who arrived at the Cave of Patriarchs with a concealed knife Friday.

Earlier this week, border guards at the Machpela Cave arrested an Arab who was carrying two knives and a pistol.

PA Arabs threw rocks at Jewish cars Saturday near Kalkilya, 12 miles northeast of Tel Aviv. No injuries were reported. At least one car was damaged.

Terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers in Tul Karem Saturday. The terrorists also threw a bomb at the soldiers. No soldiers were injured in either of the attacks.

Both Kalkilya and Tul Karem, once under Israeli military rule, were transferred to Palestinian Authority jurisdiction by the Rabin government in 1995 under the Oslo Accords.

Fatah Men Joining Al-Qaeda
Scores of Fatah policemen who used to serve in the Palestinian Authority’s security forces in Gaza have now joined an al-Qaeda-affiliated group calling itself the Army of Islam, sources in Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

Meanwhile, Fatah’s Al-Aksa Brigades claimed responsibility for firing 20 rockets at Israeli civilians from Gaza recently. The group said the attacks signaled the beginning of a military campaign dubbed “Operation Gaza Autumn,” in the course of which it would fire hundreds of rockets at Israel, and said Sderot’s Jewish residents had two choices: leave or die.

“We don’t know what’s happening in the Gaza Strip,” a senior Fatah official told the Post. The official did not rule out the possibility that disgruntled Fatah activists were behind recent rocket attacks, or that some former Fatah-affiliated policemen had joined the Army of Islam.

Hamas Poised For Takeover
In other Fatah news, a “former senior member” of the Fatah terrorist group was quoted in Yediot Acharonot warning that Hamas is lying in wait to take over Judea and Samaria. Hamas is not operating openly in Judea and Samaria because it has chosen not to, the source said, adding that the group is “sitting there quietly, organizing, rearming, and waiting.”

The Fatah official, who is from Gaza, warned that Hamas has a large civilian infrastructure that remains hidden. In Gaza, many of those who took senior positions following the Hamas takeover had appeared to have no connection to the group, he said.

The financial backing for Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure in Gaza came from foreign donors, the source said. “It was the charity apparatus that did it, using money that arrived from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, and charity foundations from the US, England, Belgium, and Germany, with money transfers from Switzerland.”

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3. Fatah-Hamas Contacts Alongside the Struggle for Supremacy

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah organization, held his first public meeting with Hamas members on Friday since Hamas’s armed takeover of Gaza in June, 2007. The meeting was held in Abbas’s Ramallah office.

Afterwards, the Hamas and Fatah members held Muslim afternoon prayers together in the Fatah governmental compound, known as the Mukata.
A PA spokesman said that, in principle, Abbas “had no problem” with Hamas.

After the meeting and prayers, Abbas told reporters that he had not begun official talks with Hamas. Abbas’s spokesmen insisted that the PA leader told his guests that he would refuse to talk to Hamas until the group agreed to return Fatah control over Gaza.

Attending on behalf of Hamas at the meeting were Nasserdine Al-Shaer, a former PA Deputy Prime Minister, as well as senior Hamas representatives Farraj Rumana, Hussein Abu Kuweik and Ayman Daraghmeh. Speaking with the French news agency AFP, a PA spokesman said that, in principle, Abbas “had no problem” with Hamas. Rather, said the spokesman, there is a “small group” that “deviated from the right path in carrying out a coup.”

Any such Fatah-Hamas reconciliation at this stage, according to spokesmen for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, would “threaten progress in the negotiations and compromise future progress.”

Hamas members who attended the meeting said that, while it was a positive development, it was not yet an official dialogue. Abu Kuweik said that he hoped it was a “prelude to dialogue.” Pressed over the seeming reconciliation in Judea and Samaria while Hamas in Gaza is still pressing ahead with its battle to fight Fatah influence, Abu Kuweik insisted that Hamas is “a single body.”

Last week, Hamas Sheikh Nizar Riyan warned Abbas that he would “fall like the autumn leaves,” and that Hamas would hold its Friday prayers in the Mukata in the near future. Riyan’s statement implied a threat that Hamas was planning a violent takeover in Judea and Samaria. Fatah leaders have regularly claimed that Hamas is preparing such an overthrow.

In efforts to curtail Hamas influence in Judea and Samaria, Fatah-controlled PA police have been conducting widespread arrests of Hamas clerics in Judea and Samaria, according to the British newspaper, The Guardian. The crackdown follows the closure of Hamas-linked charities, several of which were raided by IDF forces. The PA head of religious affairs in Shechem, Hassan Hilali, defended the arrests as preventing preachers from changing “the mosque into something with a political identity, or a certain ideology, or linked to a particular group or cult.”

A Hamas religious leader, Sheikh Fayyad Al-Akbar, charged that he and others have been replaced “by people close to Fatah,” who were ordered to recognize the faction as the sole authority in the PA, although Hamas won legislative elections a year and a half ago.

In Gaza, Hamas is instituting its authority in similar fashion. According to the PA news agency WAFA, controlled by Fatah, former PA official Abu Al-Abed Dirawi was recently kidnapped and tortured by Hamas gunmen. Doctors described Dirawi’s wounds as “severe.”

Clashes between Fatah and Hamas have continued intermittently since the Hamas takeover of Gaza. Hamas leaders have blamed Fatah for recent explosions that killed several Hamas terrorists.

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4. Anti-Semitism Up in US, Incidents Worldwide

by Ezra HaLevi

Several anti-Jewish hate crimes were recorded in recent weeks as the Anti-Defamation League released a survey recording a rise in American Anti-Semitism.

Swastikas at US Colleges
At Columbia University, Jewish faculty member Elizabeth Midlarsky of the university’s Teachers College found a Nazi swastika spray-painted on the door of her office last week.

Midlarsky says she has received hate-mail recently as well.

Shortly after the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Columbia in September, a noose was hung on the door of a Columbia professor, and graffiti of a Jew with a swastika was found on a rest room door.

The FBI is investigating a string of swastika incidents at George Washington University, according to The Hatchet, GWU’s student newspaper. Eight incidents have been reported – five targeting the dormitory of a Jewish reporter for the paper.

Kiev Jewish School Burned
Arsonists burned a Chabad-run Jewish school in Kiev last Wednesday night. According to local Rabbi Mordechai Levenhartz, a whole wing of the Simcha School was burned.

The school, which serves 600 Jewish students from pre-Kindergarten to 11th grade, was not in session at the time of the arson.

Graves Desecrated in New Zealand
Jewish graves in Wellington, New Zealand were daubed with anti-Jewish slogans last month, according to the local New Zealand Jewish Chronicle.

Six gravestones at the Karori Cemetery were defaced, allegedly due to a report in a local paper that the Israeli Ambassador did not hire native New Zealanders to work at the Israeli Embassy.

According to the report, local Jewish leaders tried to keep the vandalism a secret, fearing others would mimic the attack. Over 100 Jewish graves and a synagogue were vandalized three years ago following an episode in which Israeli intelligence agents were arrested for holding fraudulent passports.

Kristallnacht Neo-Nazi March Cancelled Due to Technicality
Prague’s city council has found a technical way to bar a Neo-Nazi group from holding a provocative Kristallnacht march through the city’s Jewish Quarter, despite a court-ruling upholding the Nazis’ rights to due to.

City officials said that the march cannot take place since the group announced the march two weeks before its organization had became legally registered. The march though the city’s Jewish Quarter was supposed to take place on November 10, the anniversary of Kristallnacht – the night Nazis first burned down synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses.

Death Camp Concert Cancelled
A rock concert that was scheduled to take place Saturday at the site of a Nazi death camp in Belgrade was called off after protests by Jewish groups.

The organizers of the concert, which was to feature the British band Kosheen, said the event was canceled due to “pressure from foreign and domestic media.”

Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff called the planned concert “a heartless insult to the memory of the victims of the Nazis” in a statement released Friday.

ADL: 15% of Americans “Unquestionably Anti-Semitic”
The Anti-Defamation League announced Thursday that a survey it commissioned shows that 15 percent of Americans espouse “unquestionably anti-Semitic” ideas.

The group carried out a similar survey in 2005 and says the figure has risen by one percentage point since then. The group says the survey marks an alarming trend, as for the last decade, the figure has been declining. In 1992, the survey showed 20 percent holding such views.

“These findings, coupled with the ongoing acts of anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes, suggest that anti-Semitic beliefs endure and resonate with a substantial segment of the population, nearly 35 million people,” ADL Director Abraham Foxman told the group’s leadership.

The survey results that Foxman believes demonstrate “unquestionable anti-Semiti[sm]” include the response of 31 percent of participants, who believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than America and 27 percent who believe Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus – though that figure is down from 30 percent in 2005.

Highlighted most by Foxman is that 15 percent believe Jews have too much power in the US.

“When it comes to Jews, old stereotypes die hard,” said Mr. Foxman, “especially about loyalty, the death of Jesus, and power. For over 40 years one of the most stable and telling indicators of anti-Jewish prejudice in America has been the question of fundamental Jewish loyalty to the U.S.”

Mr. Foxman added that, “Stereotypes about ‘Jewish power’ in the U.S. have replaced many of the classical ethnic stereotypes previously attributed to Jewish Americans.”

The ADL presented the statistics by ethnicity. “29% of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs (down from 35%),” the ADL reported, “while 15% of Hispanics born in the US fall into the same category (down from 19%).”

The number of African-Americans with strong anti-Semitic beliefs has remained high and stable since 1992. “The 2007 survey found that 32% of African-Americans hold strong anti-Semitic beliefs, more than three times more than the 10% for whites. In 1992 it was 37%; 1998: 34%; 2002: 35%, 2005: 36%.

“We continue to remain troubled and somewhat at a loss to understand why African-Americans consistently have such strong anti-Semitic propensities,” said Foxman.

On a Positive Note
“On a positive note,” the ADL survey results reported, “[We] found a majority of Americans hold Jews in high regard on many issues. The most positive attributes ascribed to American Jews relate to ethics and family. 55% believe that Jews have a “special commitment to social justice and civil rights.” 65% agree that Jews “contributed much to the cultural life of America” [and] 79% see as positive Jewish “emphasis on the importance of family life.”

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5. Labor Court Asked to Order Teachers Back to Work

by Hillel Fendel

All eyes are turned to the Labor Court, which is expected to determine whether to issue back-to-work orders to striking secondary-school teachers.

The Local Government Union has asked the court to order the some 34,000 striking junior high school and high school teachers back to work. The strike is now three and a half weeks old, and attempts to bridge the gaps between the sides show no signs of succeeding.

Public support for the teachers among parents and students appears to be growing. In the Galilee city Carmiel, students are protesting on behalf of their teachers and “better education.” The National Students Association has come out in favor of the teachers as well.

One of Israel’s two teachers’ unions, known as Irgun HaMorim, is striking. The other one, the larger Histadrut, decided just today (Sunday) to join in with various measures, which have not yet been specified.

Ran Erez, the head of the Irgun, has said that the strikers demand higher salaries, fewer students in each class, and more school hours.

The Local Government Union was originally a supporter of the strike, but now has asked for the back-to-work orders. The Irgun Teachers Union has asked the Labor Court to disqualify the request, claiming it was submitted without the proper authorization from its own institutions. Some 1,000 teachers have said that they will quit their jobs if they are ordered to go back to work under the present conditions.

Later this week, the Irgun plans to break the Guinness record for the largest class in the world, with 3,000 teachers teaching one class simultaneously. The event will take place on Thursday at 11 AM at the Ganei Yehoshua park in north Tel Aviv.

Some 50 teachers are holding a protest vigil outside the Labor Court in Jerusalem, as the deliberations inside continue. Dozens of other teachers are demonstrating at seven major intersections in the Be’er Sheva-Ofakim area in the Negev, calling on supporters to honk as they pass by.

“Our educational system is in danger, because our governments, for the last 15 years, don’t care,” Erez has repeated on countless occasions over the past several weeks. “It will affect our children, and in the end, it will endanger the whole country… They pay us less than we pay our babysitters, and then they come to us with complaints: Why didn’t you cover all the material for the matriculation exams? The reason is simple: Not because we went skiing in Switzerland, but because they crammed 40 students into a class and cut down on teaching hours!”

Regarding the cancellation of Torah study caused by the teachers’ strike, some rabbis have said that the obligation to teach Torah to the children is incumbent upon parents, and that teachers are only their “agents.” If the wages are not sufficient, the “agents” are free to leave and find other jobs, leaving the parents with the obligation to either find other teachers – or join the fight for the teachers’ rights to receive proper remuneration.

Dozens of teachers from the Ort High School in the southern city of Arad plan to march for three days to Jerusalem, demanding improved wages and national education. The teachers plan to join the protest tent in the Rose Garden in the capital on Wednesday evening.

Likud MK Gideon Saar says that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert must get involved. “It’s about time that Olmert stop watching this crisis from the side and get out of his apathy,” Saar said.

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6. Tel Aviv Rally Marks 12 Years Since Rabin Assassination

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

A memorial gathering in Tel Aviv Saturday night marking 12 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin drew a crowd of about 100,000 people. Roads surrounding the centrally located Rabin Square were closed to traffic, and hundreds of police officers and volunteers provided security.

Several politicians and other public figures spoke at the event, including President Shimon Peres, Labor party head and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Rabin’s son Yuval. Leading entertainers such as Shlomi Shabat, Rami Kleinstein, Sarit Hadad, Ahinoam Nini, Aviv Gefen, and others performed.

In his speech, Yuval Rabin sharply criticized the justice system for permitting the convicted Jewish assassin, Yigal Amir, to hold a circumcision ceremony for his son in prison on Sunday. Both Rabin and Barak charged that public incitement led to the assassination, and that such incitement continues today. Barak said that there are public figures who incited to murder “still walking among us.” President Peres told the attendees at the gathering that they were “Yitzchak Rabin’s heirs.”

Several leftist groups and political parties were represented among the crowd, with some handing out stickers calling on the government to create an additional Arab state. Other demonstrators carried signs saying, “We will not forget and we will not forgive.”

There were no public figures in attendance from the Likud party, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, or from the Kadima party, headed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Knesset Member Nissan Slomiansky of the National Union-National Religious Party attended the event, as he has done every year since Rabin’s death.

‘Don’t Make Due With the Belief That it Won’t Happen’
“It is inconceivable,” Yuval Rabin declared, “that, in emotional insensitivity and disregard for public opinion, the prosecution would support, and the Attorney General would back, and the High Court would approve, the shameful decision of two days ago in the Tel Aviv District Court. In outrageous astonishment, Judge Tzvi Gurfinkel wondered what great disaster there was in holding the [Amir] circumcision ceremony in jail, concluding that the appellant is a Jew. A Jew, in my eyes, is a law-abiding person of values, a son of the nation who bequeathed to humanity the universal moral code of the Ten Commandments, among them, the commandment ‘Thou shalt not murder.'”

Rabin warned that the potential release of Yigal Amir is near: “What began as permission to get married and have children and perform the circumcision will end with the killer happily walking free among us in the company of his children…. Don’t make due with the belief that it won’t happen.”

Touching on the political legacy of his father, Rabin claimed that the land-for-peace concept has proven victorious: “What was the daring of yesterday has become the consensus of today.”

Former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin launched the Oslo Process in 1993 to bring peace by granting land and arms to Yasser Arafat and his PLO terrorist organization in exchange for promises of peace. Since the September, 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords, some 1,500 Israelis were murdered by Arab terrorists in Israel.

‘Yitzchak is Not Here, But You Are’
“Yitzchak is not here. But you are here. You came not just to remember, but to take responsibility, to continue along the path, not be frightened, never to give up, to remain solid as a rock when moving towards peace. You have the right to speak – raise your voices. If you have the ability to lead – use it,” President Shimon Peres told the crowd. “The torch is in your hands. There is nothing more important than to carry it. You are Yitzchak Rabin’s heirs. Yitzchak Rabin’s legacy is an Israel of security, peace and light.”

Regarding the peace process, Peres declared, “No peace ever resembled the plans made ahead of time, but every peace [process] ended in peace.”

‘We Long for the State of 12 Years Ago’
Defense Minister Ehud Barak took his speech in an explicitly political direction, apparently swiping at Prime Minister Olmert and other national figures, saying, “We miss the state and society we were 12 years ago – even if we eliminate nostalgia – a state in which leadership was a mission and not a job, a state in which shame placed boundaries to insolence, a state in which most citizens knew in most issues what was bad and what was good, what was appropriate and what was not, even without legal opinions from the Attorney General and without decisions of the High Court of Justice.”

Continuing the political theme, Barak called the upcoming multilateral Middle East conference in Annapolis “an opportunity and not a threat.” He went on to instruct the crowd, “The obligation of our camp today is to open new channels for peace everywhere possible. And we promise you, Yitzchak, that your path will be victorious. We will do all in our power to reach the peace for which you fought and for which you fell.”

Barak also charged, “There are walking among us even today public leaders – with or without quotation marks – who were partners to the incitement [that preceded the Rabin assassination] and I am not sure if they ever recognized their part….”

As for the assassin, Amir, Barak said, “His punishment will not be commuted, he will not be pardoned, and the prison doors will remain closed to him until the end of his days.”

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