PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN (ISRAEL) - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 78916
Sale Price $198.00
The Nobel Prize-winning Israeli soldier and politican signs an Israeli First Day Cover.
First Day Cover signed: "Y. Rabin", 6x4. Israeli FDC honoring "Le Monde Uni Contre Le Paludisme (The World United Against Malaria)", Israeli stamp affixed, postmarked Jerusalem, April 30, 1962, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Israeli General Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) was born in Jerusalem, the first native-born Prime Minister of Israel (1974-1977, 1992-1995). His extensive military experience began in 1940, when Rabin joined the Haganah (Jewish militia), and he thereafter fought in the British Army. He rose in rank from Brigade Commander in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to Chief of Staff in 1964, and Rabin was credited with Israel's military success in the Six Day War (1967). After serving as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. (1968-1973), Rabin was elected as a Labor representative to the Knesset (Israeli parliament). In March 1974, he joined Golda Meir's Cabinet as Minister of Labor. After Meir's resignation in May, Rabin succeeded her as Prime Minister. Rabin resigned as Prime Minister in 1977. As Defense Minister (1984-1990) in the Labor-Likud coalition government, Rabin ordered a harsh crackdown in the West Bank in the late 1980s in an effort to end the Arab uprising there. In 1992, he led Labor to victory in the national elections, becoming Prime Minister and Defense Minister. Rabin played a key role in peace negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and in 1993 he endorsed a historic peace agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization, providing for mutual recognition and a transition to Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Rabin, along with his Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, and P.L.O. leader Yasir Arafat, shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Rabin signed a peace treaty with Jordan, and a 1995 agreement with the PLO expanded Palestinian self-rule. On November 4, 1995, he was assassinated by an Israeli law student with links to right-wing extremist groups. Slightly creased, else fine condition.
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