Rabin's murder and the paper that was never published
This is from an edition of Ha'aretz set to go out the day after Rabin was murdered but printed just hours prior to his being assassinated
A page has emerged from Haaretz’s daily op-ed pages, printed before the murder but never distributed; strangely enough, the coverage of GOP-Likud relations in a piece in the page remains as relevant as ever.
The most interesting piece in the B supplement is this op-ed by Akiva Eldar, then Haaretz correspondence to Washington. It touches on what had become a growing problem for the government around those days: the attempts of the Republicans – coordinated with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu – to derail the fragile peace process. Eldar reports on how GOP leaders in Congress Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich tried to embarrass the Clinton administration with a decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Knowing that this move might damage the ability to reach a final-status agreement with the PLO, the Israeli government privately objected, but as Eldar reports, AIPAC and the Presidents Conference had the upper hand. A few days later, the lobby and Congress recognized another opportunity to poison Israeli-Palestinian relations. Eldar wrote:
Less than a week later the law suspending the American ban on negotiations with the PLO and economic aid to the Palestinians was about to expire. Due to disagreements on matters that have nothing to do with the Palestinians, Dole refused for three days to prompt the head of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Jesse Helms, to temporarily extend the validity of the law.