Monday, November 23, 2015

Killing A King : The Assassination Of Yitzhak Rabin And The Remaking Of Israel
by Dan Ephron

On November 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot in a Tel Aviv parking lot. It happened at the end of a peace rally. Yigal Amir had pulled the trigger, a Jew, not an Arab. Amir was furious with the Oslo Accord (Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat and Rabin agreed to a conciliation between the Arabs and the Jews) and felt that Rabin had betrayed Israel and its people. Amir had stalked Rabin for months and yet the agency that was supposed to protect Rabin missed many clues. It was a huge security blunder.
Rabin died and Amir went to prison for life.
Author Dan Ephron is supposed to be an award-winning writer (this is what is printed on the back flap under his photo), but I beg to differ. He is an investigative reporter, so you get a lot of detail, not all of it scintillating. Some sections are really deadening. Ephron was attempting to be fair-minded in his writing, but there is definitely a bias here.
The book is interesting enough to read about the Middle East process and all that Israel has gone through.

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