20 Years On: Yitzhak Rabin's Legacy
Dr Sara Hirschhorn, Sidney Brichto Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; University Research Lecturer in Israel Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Greg Shapland, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Professor Colin Shindler, Pears Senior Research Fellow in Israel Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Chair: Professor Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House; Programme Director of International Relations and Social Sciences, Regent’s University London
Twenty years on from Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, the panel will examine the impact both his leadership and assassination had on the peace process. They will reflect on the environment and leadership qualities that spurred his transformation from victorious general of the Six Day War to a supporter of peace, and question whether the current context and individual figures could offer the conditions and the leadership necessary for meaningful steps towards political resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, the panel will consider the shock the assassination had on the peace process and the vulnerabilities it exposed.