The truth we should remember about Yitzhak Rabin
Turning to the demand of many Israelis for Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish state, Peres said: “Is the Jewish character of Israel dependent on the signature of a Palestinian leader? Of course not.”
Rabin was gunned down on November 4, 1995 by Yigal Amir, a Jewish right-wing extremist who opposed his policy of trading land with the Palestinians for peace. Rabin's government negotiated the first interim peace accord with the Palestinians in 1993.
Saturday night's rally at the square that bears Rabin's name has become an annual pilgrimage for many Israelis to pay tribute to the slain leader. Participants waved Israeli flags and carried aloft banners calling for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.
Attendance was estimated at approximately 15,000, though organizers claimed 60,000 people attended and that others were deterred by the rainy weather.
Israel officially marks the anniversary of the leader's assassination on Wednesday, according to the Hebrew calendar.