When a Jewish extremist murdered Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the end of a peace rally 20 years ago Wednesday, many U.S. reporters based in Israel thought of the event as the country’s Kennedy assassination. Both murders induced a kind of national trauma. Both left people with a sense of foreboding about the future of their nation.
“Certainly this is on par with the Kennedy assassination,” Walter Rodgers, CNN’s Jerusalem bureau chief, told Wolf Blitzer in a live broadcast shortly after doctors declared Rabin dead at a Tel Aviv hospital. “Because in the lifetime of Israelis, this hasn’t happened here.”
I shared that feeling as a young reporter in Israel at the time.… Seguir leyendo »