Twenty years after an assassination changed the course of Israeli history, emigrants from the Pittsburgh region to the Holy Land live on all sides of the world’s most intractable divide.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rich Lord and Larry Roberts are in Israel this week, supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, exploring the lives of ordinary people in this polarized place. Some of the people you’ll meet here believe that familiarity can ease the anger between Arabs and Jews. A few who came in peace now cry for justice. Others are standing firm on land where it often rains stones.
On Sunday, we’ll look at Israel 20 years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who famously shook hands with Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House in 1993. Until then, follow Larry and Rich here every day as they bring images and stories from Israel’s fault lines.
The handshake and the fists
On Sept. 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands at the White House, accompanied by President Bill Clinton, as part of the ceremony heralding the signing of the first Oslo Accord. Mr. Rabin was assassinated two years later. Last month current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who signed the accord, told the United Nations that it had become unworkable because of Israeli encroachments. This month the Israeli government has tightened security in response to a wave of Palestinian attacks.
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