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Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin
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Yitzhak Rabin.

Yassir Arafat with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and US President Bill Clinton in 1993.
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Yitzhak Rabin with US President Bill Clinton and Yassir Arafat in 1993.

(Jerusalem 1922- Tel Aviv 1995) Israeli politician, the country's 5th prime minister (1974-77, 1992-95), but the first to be born in the country.
Rabin was one of the chief players in negotiations concerning the Oslo Agreement of 1993. Rabin as a politician has been considered hard, but willing to compromise. His focus has been more on security, than on economics for Israel.

1922: Born in Jerusalem.
1940's:Rabin receives his education at Kadoorie Agricultural School in Palestine.
1946: Imprisoned by the British after fighting with the Jewish commando, Palmach, an elite unit of the Haganah.
1947: Released from prison.
1947-49: Active in the struggle for Jerusalem.
1949: Married Leah Schlossberg.
1964: Becomes chief of staff for the military forces.
1967: The victory in the Six Day War makes Rabin immensely popular.
1968: Becomes ambassador to the USA.
1973: When his time as ambassador ends, Rabin returns to Israel.
1974 January: Enters the Knesset. representing the Labour Party.
June 3: Rabin becomes the new prime minister, as well as leader of the Labour Party.
1977 April 8: Rabin has to resign as prime minister, and party leader, after it is known that his wife had violated currency regulations by holding a bank account in the USA.
1984: Becomes defence minister, where he is responsible for the Israeli hard-line politics against the Palestinian intifada.
1990: With the collapse of the Likud-Labour government, Rabin resigns as defence minister.
1992 February: Rabin becomes party leader in the Labour Party again, replacing Shimon Peres.
June: Rabin is elected prime minister for the second time.
1993 September 13: After secret negotiations in Oslo, Norway, a peace accord is settled with the PLO, and signed in Washington, USA.
1994 October 26: Peace negotiations with Jordan, and signing of a peace agreement.
December 10: Together with Shimon Peres and Yassir Arafat, Rabin receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
1995 September 28: The Oslo 2 Agreement is signed in Washington, USA, in which Israel guarantees withdrawal from the territories and the holding of elections for a Palestinian government.
November 4: Rabin is shot dead by Yigal Amir in Tel Aviv-Jaffna.

By Tore Kjeilen