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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Resentment, Division Mark Rabin Assassination Date

JERUSALEM -- An increasingly polarized Israel on Tuesday marked the second anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, with his supporters and foes accusing each other of incitement.


Peace activists tracked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with protest vigils, chanting "Bibi resign, Israel deserves better,"


Israel's peace camp holds Netanyahu partially responsible for Rabin's Nov. 4, 1995 assassination by an ultranationalist Jew, saying that as opposition leader Netanyahu fomented hatred against his predecessor over his land-for-peace deals with the Palestinians.


Lashing out at his dovish critics, Netanyahu said: "I am calling on those who are trying to lay the blame for the prime minister's murder on half of the population to stop that and to stop trying to divide the people."


Rabin's widow, Leah, bristled at recent complaints by Netanyahu that he was under relentless and unfair attack from Israeli doves who opposed his tough policies regarding the Palestinians.


Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat fondly remembered the war hero-turned-peacemaker who had spent much of his life fighting the Palestinians before signing a breakthrough peace accord in 1993.


Rabin assassin Yigal Amir, who has not expressed any remorse, is serving a life term in a Beersheba jail and dozens of protesters rallied outside the gate Tuesday with placards reading "Shut up and do your time."


Rabin's family and some 500 of his friends attended a memorial service at the grave in a pine grove in Jerusalem's Mt. Herzl Cemetery.


Divisions and resentment have deepened since the assassination, with Rabin's supporters saying that Netanyahu's camp has yet to acknowledge its role in creating the hateful climate that prodded Amir to pull the trigger.


In Washington new talks between Israel and the Palestinians are off to a slow start, with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright playing a direct role and Yasser Arafat under U.S. criticism.


On the list were Palestinian demands for an airport, a seaport, a corridor to connect the West Bank with Gaza, and for an industrial zone. But State Department spokesman James Rubin complained the delegation sent by Arafat lacked expertise in those areas.