JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel commemorated on Tuesday the 1995 murder of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, with a cabinet minister warning there could be another assassination in the near future.
"The writing is once again on the wall, this time in bigger letters. The next political assassination is right around the corner," Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said at a ceremony at Rabin's grave on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl.
His dire warning echoed similar comments by Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Beth domestic intelligence agency, who said on Sunday that far right-wingers would not hesitate "to use firearms in order to stop political processes and target political leaders."
A rally was also held on Tuesday at the Tel Aviv park where Rabin was gunned down by a Jewish extremist opposed to the peace process with the Palestinians.
Official ceremonies will be held on November 10 in accordance with the Jewish calender.
Rabin is revered as a national hero, both for his legendary career as army chief and for peace efforts in the 1990s that earned him a Nobel peace prize shared with Israeli President Shimon Peres and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
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