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Yitzhak Rabin

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Yitzhak Rabin, 1913-1995.  Fifth Prime Minister of Israel, 1974-1977, 1992-1995; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1994.  Printed dinner invitation boldly signed Y. Rabin.

This is an invitation to a testimonial dinner in New York on October 16, 1969, at which Rabin, then the Israeli ambassador to the United States, was the featured speaker.  He has boldly signed beneath his photograph.

Rabin played a leading role in the 1993 Oslo Accords, which created the Palestinian National Authority and granted it control over the West Bank and Gaza.  On September 9, 1993, Rabin received a letter from Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yassir Arafat renouncing violence and officially recognizing Israel, and the same day Rabin wrote Arafat to officially recognize the PLO.  The Oslo Accords were officially signed at a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 13, 1993. 

For his part in the Accords, Rabin received the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

The Accords divided Israel.  Some saw Rabin as a peacemaker; others, however, saw him as a traitor who gave away land that rightfully belonged to Israel.  On November 4, 1995, Rabin was assassinated by a radical right-wing Orthodox Jew who opposed the Accords.

Rabin has signed the invitation in blue ballpoint pen.  The invitation has one horizontal fold and tiny edge stains, none of which affects the signature.  There is notation on the front in another hand of the date and place at which Rabin signed the program.  Fine condition.




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