Leah Rabin

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Leah Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin (1986).JPEG
Leah Rabin (left) and Yitzhak Rabin (1986)
Born née Schloßberg
April 8, 1928
Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
Died November 12, 2000(2000-11-12) (aged 72)
Petah Tikva, Israel
Known for Widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995
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Leah Rabin and her family meet with Bill and Hillary Clinton, 1998
Yitzhak and Leah Rabin's grave on Mount Herzl

Leah Rabin (Hebrew: לאה רבין‎, née Schloßberg; April 8, 1928 – November 12, 2000) was the widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

Biography[edit]

Leah was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia), to an upper-middle class family of Russian-born parents.[1] Immediately after Adolf Hitler's election as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Leah emigrated with her family to Mandate Palestine. Her father had bought a piece of property near Binyamina on his first trip to the area in 1927.[2] She met her future husband, Yitzhak Rabin, at school. They married in 1948, the year of Israel's independence.[3]

Yitzhak became Prime Minister in 1974 following Golda Meir's resignation, but in 1977 a US Dollar bank account (illegal at that time in Israel) held by Leah was exposed by Haaretz journalist Dan Margalit. As a result, her husband decided to take responsibility, resigned from office.[4] This came to be known as the Dollar Account affair.

Leah supported the peace efforts of her husband in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and worked further for a solution after his assassination.[3] She wrote a book about her memories of her husband, which was released in 1997, under the name Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy.

She supported Shimon Peres in the elections of 1996, calling people to vote for him so that her husband's death "would not be in vain."[5] She also expressed her disappointment after he lost the elections to Benjamin Netanyahu. In the election of 1999 she supported Ehud Barak. However, during Barak's term as prime minister she changed her opinions about him. She was especially disturbed by the fact that he was negotiating a territorial compromise in Jerusalem.

Leah Rabin was diagnosed with lung cancer and died in Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva in 2000 at the age of 72 and was buried in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem beside her husband Yitzhak Rabin, a few days after the fifth anniversary of her husband's assassination.[4]

The couple's daughter, Dalia was later a Knesset member for the Centre Party, New Way and the Labour Party, serving as Deputy Minister of Defense.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabin, Leah (1997). Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy. New York: Putnam. p. 41. ISBN 0399142177. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rabin 1997, pp. 42–45.
  3. ^ a b "Leah Rabin, widow of slain Israeli leader, dies of cancer". Bangor Daily News. AP. 2000-11-12. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  4. ^ a b Franklin, David. "Leah Rabin dies at 72". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Rabin's widow tells Israelis: Vote for Peres", CNN, May 30, 1996