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NOVEMBER, 1999, HA'OLAM HA'ISHAH ("WOMAN'S WORLD") MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH M.K. DALIA Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF, DAUGHTER OF YITZHAK RABIN
by Sarit Yishai-Levi

Translated into English and distributed as a public service by the Women for Israel's Tomorrow
from "HA'OLAM HA'ISHAH", Issue 193, November, 1999, page 21

Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: [...] Each of, all of us together, are consumed by doubts regarding how it happened and what happened. This is the most difficult. The most difficult.
YISHAI-LEVI: What doubts?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: This is very complex, and I am not certain that I want to get into this. I don't want to make accusations, as long as I do not have solid proof. I don't want to get involved in slander trials. But we all have the feeling that the entire episode was finished with the conclusion that the assassination was a fiasco. This is too simplistic. There are very many question marks regarding the night of the murder.
YISHAI-LEVI: Question marks regarding the conduct of the G.S.S. [General Security Services]?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: I am not saying, and I am not pointing an accusing finger in any direction, but many unanswered question marks remain.
YISHAI-LEVI: Such as?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: Well, someone shouted, 'This is a blank', and there is no answer, who shouted. And the Shamgar Commission did not determine who was the person who shouted that this was a blank cartridge.
YISHAI-LEVI: Where does this confidence that someone shouted, 'This is a blank' come from? Perhaps this is a rumor?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: My mother [Mrs. Leah Rabin] heard positively. She rang me at home immediately after this happened and she told me. "They shot [at] Father, but this is not real". I will never forget the telephone conversation with her. Mother felt that nothing had happened, that this was not real, that everything was all right, that Father was all right.
YISHAI-LEVI: Perhaps she expressed her wish?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: Perhaps. But there were other people in addition who heard. When the security people drove her in a different automobile to the hospital, they told her that this was not real. And when she asked questions, they were silent and did not answer a single question of hers.
There are very many question marks around everything that happened immediately after the assassination. How was it that in the automobile that drove Mother, the security people did not speak with anyone the entire way? Why didn't they let Mother drive with Father? Why did they separate them and take her in a separate automobile?
I am throwing out to you question marks that trouble me every day. Why did they take Mother from the place of the assassination? Why did they want to hustle her away from the scene of the event as fast as possible? Why did they tell her that this was an exercise? What exercise? And what happened to the so-essential instincts of every security person? Why didn't they immediately kill the assassin? How did it happen that they did not shoot him? Look what happened now with Mubarak -- how was it that the people who were entrusted with guarding my father did not instinctively shoot the one who shot him, [and] kill him? I am saying that this is certainly similar to what the members of the Kennedy family felt after John Kennedy was assassinated. To this day there is no explanation for the question -- who was behind the assassination of Kennedy? To this day there is no explanation for who was behind the assassination of my father. Then, they accused Oswald, who was immediately murdered. By us, they accuse Yigal Amir. But this is not so simple. This is much deeper, and much more complex.
YISHAI-LEVI: And whom do you suspect?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: Whom I suspect, I won't say. I simply am raising before you all these doubts that have been harbored in my mind and in those of the family since the assassination. Sometimes I go so far as to have the harshest thoughts. I know that we in the family will find no rest until we will know the truth.
YISHAI-LEVI: And this harbors in your mind all the time? You are occupied with suspicions, with doubts?
Dalia RABIN-PELOSOF: This comes in waves. There was a period when Channel Two, with the reporter Matti Cohen, prepared a serious investigative report. They sat with me and told me about their findings, and this greatly aroused me. Unfortunately, they have done nothing with this investigative reporting until now. And when I hear that a person like Avigdor Eskin, whom I have been closely following ever since the assassination, was run by the G.S.S. (General Security Services), this arouses in me thoughts and wondering, and things arise. Such things arouse the doubt in me again and again. I am exposed to this all the time. Not long ago in the Knesset I met a person who brought me a suitcase packed with documents full of doubts and question marks. This person has been engaged in the investigation of the assassination since it happened. And every time, from anew, I reach the conclusion that perhaps there is no chance of reaching the truth, and I leave this alone. And then, through someone else who is no less troubled by this than the members of the family, this is awakened from anew. This bothers me greatly. One of my ways of handling this was to go and work in the Histadrut, to go to the Knesset, to involve myself in public work. But this still does not help. The doubt harbors in the mind. Question marks arise all the time. Such as, for example, the inconsistency between the report of the doctor who received Father when he arrived at Ichilov [Hospital] and the pathology report. This does not let me alone. The feeling of frustration is very, very difficult. "Someone shouted, 'This is a blank', and there is no answer as to who shouted.... My mother rang me at home immediately after it happened and told me, 'They shot Abba [Father], but it's not for real'....When the security people drove her in a different automobile to the hospital, they told her that it wasn't real. And when she asked questions, they were silent and did not answer a single question of hers... There are very many question marks around everything that happened immediately after the assassination. How was it that in the car that drove Imma, the security people did not speak with anyone the entire way? Why didn't they let Imma drive with Abba? Why did they separate them and take her in a separate car? ... "Why did they take Imma from the place of the assassination? Why did they want to hustle her away from the scene of the event as fast as possible? Why did they tell her that this was an exercise? What exercise? And what happened to the so-essential instincts of every security person? Why didn't they immediately kill the assassin? How did it happen that they didn't shoot him? ... "They accuse Yigal Amir. But it is not so simple. It is much deeper, and much more complex... I know that we in the family will find no rest until we will know the truth... [Also] for example, the inconsistency between the report of the doctor who received Abba when he arrived at Ichilov [Hospital] and the pathology report. This does not leave me. The feeling of frustration is very, very difficult..."


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