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November 16, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The telephone started ringing at Labor Party headquarters the day after slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was buried. It hasn't stopped since. Suddenly, joining the Labor Party--stigmatized for years as the haven for aging socialists and corrupt bureaucrats--has become fashionable. Before Rabin's assassination by a right-wing Jewish law student, the party was lucky to get five to 10 new members a week, General Secretary Nissim Zvilli said.
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February 19, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
To its planners, the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud Mabhouh must have first seemed like the perfect spy operation. They slipped into Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on fraudulent travel papers. They quietly killed the militant leader long wanted by Israel, reportedly smothering him with a pillow, and discreetly left the country. But now the entire episode appears to have gone terribly out of control, more Coen brothers than John le Carre, with police releasing images of the alleged operatives in shorts and baseball caps traipsing around the corridors of the hotel where Mabhouh stayed, fumbling with their bags and looking straight at surveillance cameras.
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December 19, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of Israel's secret service and five other officials of Shin Bet were warned Monday by the commission investigating Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination that the panel's findings could harm them. The letters of warning issued by the Shamgar Commission were seen as a serious blow to Shin Bet's already badly damaged reputation as a crack internal security force.
WORLD
February 18, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Israel has seldom shied from attacking its enemies -- even if it takes years, even on foreign soil, even if it sours relations with allies. Israeli citizens for the most part have supported such policies and cheered their internationally respected spy agency, the Mossad, which obtained legendary status after hunting down and killing the terrorists responsible for the slaying of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Now the Mossad may be testing the limits of that popularity amid allegations that it used Israeli citizens as pawns in the January assassination of an alleged Hamas arms dealer in a Dubai hotel.
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November 5, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and JILL LEOVY and JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the sun sank on Saturday and a full moon rose to signal the close of a disturbing Sabbath, Jews and others with ties to the Middle East drew close in the San Fernando Valley, phoning loved ones and talking of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the low, intense tones of the grieving. "I feel empty inside," said Michael Jotkowitz, a high school senior. "I wanted to visit an Israel that was the most peaceful place on Earth. I've lost hope."
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November 6, 1995 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israelis may be astonished by the notion of a Jew killing another Jew, but Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was ultimately the victim of a broader force that has become one of the most energetic and dangerous trends in the post-Cold War world: religious extremism.
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December 4, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yigal Amir, the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, kept up his running court dialogue with reporters Sunday, endorsing one of many conspiracy theories circulating since the killing a month ago. "Why don't you publicize that they killed one of Rabin's bodyguards?" Amir yelled as he was led into a Tel Aviv court for an extension of his detention without charges. Amir said a guard who shouted "the bullets are dummies" as Amir shot Rabin was later killed.
NEWS
November 7, 1995
Security apparently broke down, some observers say, when bodyguards mistook a young law student for a VIP driver and let him get close enough to shoot Rabin with a 9-millimeter Beretta. Questions were immediately raised about why Rabin was not wearing a bulletproof vest. Rabin Shooting Scene 1) Rabin speaks at podium at 8 p.m. 2) He stands waving to the crowd. 3) He walks down stairs to get to car, amid crowd of dozens, at 9:30 p.m.
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August 12, 1996 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He has dark, curly hair, deep brown eyes and a mysterious smile, all of which add to his allure as a heartthrob. But the poster boy is not a television star or a rock idol. He is 26-year-old Yigal Amir, the unrepentant killer of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin now serving a life sentence.
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November 7, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amir Zilka, a Jew, remembered him with Psalms at the Western Wall. Omran Siyam, a Muslim, prayed for him at the Dome of the Rock. Sister Katrina, a Christian, lighted candles to his memory in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Thus did common purpose settle over the holiest places of three great religions Monday in the fractured city that is the cradle of their faith. It was the parting gift of Yitzhak Rabin, the warrior who died making peace.
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April 26, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a makeshift courtroom Thursday, Palestinian officials hastily convicted and sentenced to prison four men in the killing of an Israeli Cabinet minister, steps taken in a bid to alleviate Israel's siege on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Acting inside Arafat's battered and surrounded headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a military officer took less than a day to pronounce the men guilty of violating Palestinian national interests.
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August 28, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major escalation of the Mideast conflict, Israel assassinated a senior Palestinian leader it accused of terrorism and made good early today on threats to invade a key Palestinian town south of Jerusalem. Amid fierce gun battles, Israeli tanks backed by helicopters charged into the town of Beit Jala in one of the deepest Israeli incursions yet into Palestinian territory.
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July 20, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israelis were consumed by debate Thursday over a presidential decree granting freedom to a woman imprisoned for not acting to prevent the assassination six years ago of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Hours of radio talk shows and pages and pages of the leading newspapers were dedicated to heated argument over President Moshe Katsav's decision to commute the sentence of Margalit Har-Shefi, a right-wing Jewish settler who knew of assassin Yigal Amir's plans but did not alert authorities.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Surrounded by supporters and her weeping parents, a woman convicted of failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a nine-month jail sentence Wednesday. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, repeated her claim of innocence as she entered a prison for women in central Israel. "I did not know" about the planned assassination, she said. "Even prison can't change the truth."
NEWS
January 18, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Masked gunmen dashed into Gaza City's seaside Beach Hotel in broad daylight Wednesday and executed the chief of the Palestinian television network, a well-connected but unpopular official close to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Israel immediately denied any link to the gangland-style hit. Whoever the assassins turn out to be, the killing of someone so close to Arafat sent a chilling message throughout Palestinian society and reinforced a profound sense of insecurity and fear.
NEWS
January 10, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The widow of a Palestinian official gunned down by Israeli troops in the West Bank asked the Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday to order caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak to halt the army's policy of assassinating suspected Palestinian fighters.
NEWS
November 7, 1995 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a younger woman and diplomat's wife, Leah Rabin admired Jacqueline Kennedy and tried to emulate her elegant style. She adopted the haircut and well-tailored suits. She had Kennedy's knack for hospitality. But never did she imagine she would find herself in Kennedy's shoes as the widow of a visionary head of state. At her husband's funeral Monday, Rabin greeted an unprecedented collection of world leaders who came to Israel to pay their last respects to slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
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November 7, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's Monday. The clock here is ticking toward 4 a.m. In Jerusalem it is nearing 2 p.m. Seated in the first row beside his wife, Hillary, is President Bill Clinton, a black yarmulke, or skullcap, sitting high on his block of gray hair. Beside him, his face showing no emotion, is Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Jordan's King Hussein arrives with the taller Queen Noor, who takes a seat beside Israeli Foreign Minister and acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
NEWS
November 6, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Israel's former Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Friday called for the reopening of the investigation into the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, echoing demands by the family of the late leader. "I am concerned that there are people [in Rabin's family] who believe there is still something to examine, so we must investigate," said Peres, who took over as prime minister after Yigal Amir, an ultranationalist Jew, gunned down Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995.
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April 26, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
An informer for Israel's intelligence agency who befriended Yitzhak Rabin's assassin was indicted on charges that he failed to stop the prime minister's murder. The indictment accused Avishai Raviv, a former Shin Bet informer, of failing to tell his supervisors about Jewish ultranationalist Yigal Amir's repeated threats against Rabin. Amir shot Rabin as he left a Tel Aviv peace rally in November 1995.
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