The Legacy of Rabin and the Labor Party – Jerusalem Post Micro Op-Ed

Ten months ago, when I became a member of Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party, I attended my first meeting of the Labor faction. The first thing I noticed upon entering the conference room was the extremely large, ornate and gaudily framed painting of Yitzhak Rabin.The painting dominated the room and towered above the seats of the party and faction chairs. In the corner, far less dominant, was a smaller, basic black-andwhite photo, with a simple aluminum frame, of David Ben-Gurion.To me, this encapsulated the story of the party’s decline since the assassination of Rabin. Both were great and bold leaders of the party, but they have come to symbolize very different things. Ben-Gurion has come to be defined by what he has done. Rabin, assassinated, has come to be defined by what he could have done. Between those two poles, we have wallowed in what could have been, mourning the disappearance of a bright future that was violently wrested from our hands. We have left behind the boldness of action and vision that marked Israel’s and the Labor Party’s can-do spirit.The organizers of the annual gathering in Kikar Rabin are considering making this year’s gathering the last. This is not necessarily a bad thing.It might be exactly what we need to leave behind 15 years of mourning, and return to the day before, to November 3, 1995, when we passionately believed in our ability to shape a future for Israel, and in our duty to do so.Read the original article in the Jerusalem Post