Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

Killing a King The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin remains the single most consequential event in Israel s recent history and one that fundamentally altered the trajectory for both Israel and

  • Title: Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel
  • Author: Dan Ephron
  • ISBN: 9780393242102
  • Page: 124
  • Format: ebook
  • The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin remains the single most consequential event in Israel s recent history, and one that fundamentally altered the trajectory for both Israel and the Palestinians Killing a King relates the parallel stories of Rabin and his stalker, Yigal Amir, over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them plannedThe assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin remains the single most consequential event in Israel s recent history, and one that fundamentally altered the trajectory for both Israel and the Palestinians Killing a King relates the parallel stories of Rabin and his stalker, Yigal Amir, over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them planned political deals he hoped would lead to peace, and the other plotted murder.Dan Ephron, who reported from the Middle East for much of the past two decades, covered both the rally where Rabin was killed and the subsequent murder trial He describes how Rabin, a former general who led the army in the Six Day War of 1967, embraced his nemesis, Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, and set about trying to resolve the twentieth century s most vexing conflict He recounts in agonizing detail how extremists on both sides undermined the peace process with ghastly violence And he reconstructs the relentless scheming of Amir, a twenty five year old law student and Jewish extremist who believed that Rabin s peace effort amounted to a betrayal of Israel and the Jewish people As Amir stalked Rabin over many months, the agency charged with safeguarding the Israeli leader missed key clues, overlooked intelligence reports, and then failed to protect him at the critical moment, exactly twenty years ago It was the biggest security blunder in the agency s history.Through the prism of the assassination, much about Israel today comes into focus, from the paralysis in peacemaking to the fraught relationship between current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama Based on Israeli police reports, interviews, confessions, and the cooperation of both Rabin s and Amir s families, Killing a King is a tightly coiled narrative that reaches an inevitable, shattering conclusion One can t help but wonder what Israel would look like today had Rabin lived.

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    1. The past few weeks has witnessed an increase in violence between Palestinians and Israelis. Palestinians have resorted to lone wolf knife attacks against innocent Israeli citizens and the Israeli response has been to kill the perpetrators on the spot. The lack of any progress toward negotiations is part of the reason for the uptick in violence that has led to the current situation. The current climate of violence and extremism in the region also has contributed to the lack of any progress betwee [...]

    2. Dan Ephron was the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine. Ephron did intensive research for this book. He searched through court records, obtained confessional material, conducted family interviews, and dissected police reports in order to piece together the story. The book narrows in on the rally during which Rabin was killed, and then shifts its focus to the murder trial of the assassin.Ephron traces the parallel stories of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin Yigal Ami [...]

    3. This book is very similar to Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin. It is an in depth chronicle of the intertwining paths of the hunter (Amir) and the hunted (Rabin).One of the key assumptions this book shattered was that Shabak (also known as Shin Bet) was not clued in to the threat of Jewish extremists. In March of 1995, Carmi Gillon, a man who had spent more of his career operating against Jewish terrorists that rather than [...]

    4. One Saturday afternoon in early November of 1995 I was watching CNN in my home in the Chicago suburbs. I don't know if the draw that day was my burgeoning fascination with politics and current events, or the fact that Darth Vader's voice announced "This is CNN" every 20 minutes, but there I was. And then there was breaking news; real breaking news, not the continuous state of breaking news that has become part of the 24 hour news cycle. There had been a shooting in Tel Aviv. I didn't know the na [...]

    5. How quickly memory fades. Rabin was assassinated in 1995. In some ways, it feels so long ago and in others it feels fresh. In some ways the world in which those events transpired is an ancient memory, in others, it's more relevant than ever.Reading Ephron's excellent book, I turned melancholy and philosophical. By all ways of measuring them, Yigal Amir was successful in his objectives. It pains me to write that. It pains me to THINK it. But it's true. Ephron reports at the book's end that roughl [...]

    6. This book offers an honest look at the strange but rampant thought-process of religious Jews who have established themselves in settlements in the occupied territories. While much of their thinking is alien to me, I can appreciate their fervor and commitment to their principles. Understanding these settlers is key in finding a solution to the problem of establishing peaceful relations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in the area. In the preface, Dan Ephron writes: "Would Rabin have succe [...]

    7. The unthinkable happened when Yitzhak Rabin, then Prime minister of Israel was assassinated in 1995 by a 25 year old Israeli, Yigal Amir. The book follows the lives of Rabin and his assassin from September 1993 to the day of assassination.Rabin, a secular soldier who went on to rise to high ranks in Israel's military and who was at the forefront of Israel's victory in 1967 six-day arab-israeli war, comes to see that Israel has to move on from the dispute with Palestinians for the nation to progr [...]

    8. With the current stability/instability paradigm that makes up the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, it's easy to think that it will never be resolved. Yet between 1993 and 1995, there was a brief, shining moment when it seemed that not only would Israel make peace with Palestine, but that it would make peace with all of its Arab neighbors and that it was ultimately inevitable. But three bullets from an assassin's handgun in November 1995 changed all of that. What happened? In this intriguing boo [...]

    9. A look at how one man changed a nation for the worst It's hard to imagine what the Middle East would be like had Yigal Amir not succeeded with his plot to kill Yitzhak Rabin (sorry, spoilers!). Would peace exist between Israel and Palestine? Would it have inevitably broken down as it seems to have done? These are questions the world would love to know. This book is a fantastic look at the polarizing state of Israeli society at the time of Rabin's assassination, at how two brother's became radica [...]

    10. It was a compelling, if disturbing, read. Ephron is a gifted storyteller, expertly weaving disparate narratives into one whole piece. I highly recommend the This American Life podcast from fall 2015 (around the time of 20th anniversary of the assassination), as well, produced with his wife, Nancy Updike.

    11. Very interesting look at Rabin and Amir and the buildup to the assassination. Sometimes though there is a little too much what if. Hindsight is alsways 20/20 and it sometimes gets in the way of just telling the story.

    12. I thought it could be better. That sounds a bit trite, but maybe a little more background on Rabin would have been nice.

    13. Dan Ephron, a journalist who has covered the Middle East for many years, provides deep insight into Israeli politics, the failed Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and the motives of Jewish extremists in his book about the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The two threads of the book follow Rabin and his efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians with the Oslo Accord, and Yigal Amir, a 25 year old religious extremist who believes it is his duty to kill Rabin f [...]

    14. On November 4, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel was assassinated as he left a pro-Oslo Accords peace rally in Israel by a twenty-five-year-old Israeli citizen named Yigal Amir, who justified his actions through the Talmudic concept of “rodef”. The law of “din rodef” allows an individual to kill a person in order to save innocent lives and, according to Amir, Rabin was guilt of murdering Israeli settlers in the West Bank because he signed and promoted the Oslo Accords, which e [...]

    15. Reviewed by Greg Cary for The Reviewers:For those interested in Middle-East politics and the forces at work in that eternally troubled part of the world, this book is to savour.Author Dan Ephron, previously Newsweek‘s correspondent in Israel, has done a magnificent job in tracing the three years leading up to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by the 25 year old Jewish extremist Yigal Amir.Through the prism of this extraordinary story we also see the tides, currents and pressure [...]

    16. An informative account of the events surrounding the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, by Newsweek’s former Jerusalem Bureau Chief Dan Ephron. Set during the era of Israel-Palestine peace talks during the Clinton presidency, Ephron retraces the steps of Yigal Amir, an ultra orthodox Israeli Jew who shot Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally. Ephron gives a glimpse into the mindset of Amir as representative of those on the Israeli far right, who viewed Rabin as a traitor for conc [...]

    17. When I first got this book I was surprised that it was only 257 pages--it seemed to me that writing about something as momentous as the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin should take much longer than that. But Dan Ephron writes efficiently and effectively, and he succeeds in telling multiple stories and telling them well: the political and private lives of Rabin; the inner world and radicalization of Yigal Amir; and the split in Israel between the political left and right. As someone who sometimes f [...]

    18. Needless to say this is not a happy read and I found myself wishing many times this were fiction and Rabin were to remain alive. Overall this is well researched and written and gave me a pretty good understanding of the significance of jewish settlements in the West Bank and in Israeli Politics in general. Not only are all of the related issues highly relevant today - 21 years after Rabin's assasination, but the book also makes it eerily obvious that right wing politics using vague concepts such [...]

    19. Exceptional! A very well researched and eloquently written book about the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Rabin. The book developed the lead up of the killer's eventual murder of Rabin and provided great insight into the mind of the murderer and how he got to his fateful decision to kill Rabin. It's extremely sad to know that the assassination of Rabin has directly and in-directly affected relations between Israel and Palestine today. Who knows what Israel would look like now had Rabin [...]

    20. Great, matter-of-fact rundown of the both the Oslo I and II peace processes, and the one-man plot to kill Rabin. It's a tragedy in so many senses -- Ephron doesn't venerate Rabin, and ably catalogues his many flaws. But he sees how powerfully Rabin's death changed Israeli politics, and likely doomed the peace process for a generation. Essential reading if you want to learn more about this awful period in Israel's history.

    21. Wow. I'll admit this is one of the first nonfiction books I've read for pleasure (my father gifted me this book), but it blew me away. The writing is superb, and it's packed with detail and interest that kept this dedicated fiction reader hooked to the very last page.This book is a fascinating read, especially in the context of what's going on in Israel right now. Highly, highly recommend!

    22. Israli StoryA very good book. This story is particularly useful for the person who has remained ignorant of the specific causes and events surrounding the assassination of Rabin. It was surprising to me to learn about the strength the right and the conspiracy theories. This book explains the politics well.

    23. A good book, but hard to read. I remember the feeling of optimism that Rabin could actually make a real difference and the shock when he was killed.

    24. great insight into the turmoil, politics, desperation, and intractability of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

    25. Thorough description with a narrow focus on the killer and what led up to it both from Rabin's policies and the people that were supposed to protect him.

    26. wow, what a fantastic book. I learned a lot that I didn't already know. seems it really could have been stopped before it happened.

    27. Very interesting. Gave me a great understanding of the conflict over the West Bank and the point of view of the Israeli right. The assassination was 20 years ago, with an expansion of Iraelis living in the disputed territories. This only makes the situation more difficult. But, as long as the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israels right to exist, more and more building will occur. A one state solution is untenable. Very educational, a must read.

    28. Killing a King is a meticulous account of the first and only assassination of the prime minister of Israel. Ephron goes beyond superficial journalism in tracking the assassin (Amir), leading to the death of Rabin. His research provides insight into the liberal/conservative views of the people and the various controversies arising from Israeli settlements in Palestinian areas. Benjamin Netanyahu weaves into the story as a rising political star, making this historical narrative relevant to the rea [...]

    29. Part true-crime account and part straightforward historical narrative of a crucial event in Israeli-Palestinian relations, Killing a King alternates the stories of Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin, Yigal Amir in the events leading to and following the killing. It's a form that seems stylized at first, but the momentum Ephron builds toward his conclusion is undeniable. Rabin, a military man, as Prime Minister becomes a (sometimes reluctant and uneasy) broker and spokesman for peace. Amir, a religio [...]

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