Israelis mark anniversary of Rabin's assassination

November 05, 2005

Jerusalem -- Family and friends lit candles and placed wreaths at Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's grave yesterday to begin a week of commemorations marking the 10th anniversary of the former leader's assassination.

The anniversary has reopened old wounds and brought abut new soul-searching in a country that remains deeply divided about Rabin's legacy and the prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Rabin, who negotiated the historic 1993 Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians, was assassinated Nov. 4, 1995, by Yigal Amir, an ultranationalist Jew who considered Rabin a traitor. Amir is serving a life sentence for the killing.

While dozens of Israelis flocked yesterday to the square in Tel Aviv where Rabin was gunned down after a peace rally, mounrners in Jerusalem gathered at his grave.

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