Ron Ecker Posted July 3, 2005 Share Posted July 3, 2005 I’ve acquired a used copy of The Rabin Memoirs, by Yitzhak Rabin. He was wrapping up a U.S. tour in November 1963, and was in Dallas not more than a day before the assassination. He learned of the shooting, according to his wife’s book, immediately upon their arrival back in Israel. I was interested in seeing what Rabin wrote about it, including hopefully which high-ranking U.S. military officers he had spoken to, and where and when, while in the U.S. As posted earlier, I had already bought Curtis LeMay’s autobiography, only to learn that LeMay didn’t have a single word to say in it about the JFK assassination. Surely, I thought, I would have better luck with Rabin. Well, guess what. Rabin was scheduled to become Israeli chief of staff at the beginning of 1964, which I understood from previous reading somewhere to be the reason for his visiting U.S. military facilities, as he was about to become the top military man in Israel. So I eagerly searched and found the appropriate section of his memoirs. On p. 61, he relates how Ben Gurion resigned as prime minister in June, 1963, to everyone’s surprise. But his successor intended to keep Ben Gurion’s promise to Rabin to make him chief of staff. “My term would begin,” Rabin says, “on January 1, 1964.” Then, instead of telling us anything about the half year between Ben Gurion’s resignation and his becoming chief of staff, Rabin begins the very next paragraph with, “I began my tenure as chief of staff . . . ” Rabin not only makes no mention of his U.S. tour and the JFK assassination, he doesn’t even mention John F. Kennedy in his book. (Even LeMay couldn’t avoid mentioning the name.) And his somehow losing the whole second half of 1963 in his memoirs reminds me of E. Howard Hunt's loss of the whole damn year in his autobiography Undercover. Perhaps I’m overracting, because with these two books I’m now out about 40 bucks. But it seems illogical to me that men like LeMay and Rabin would avoid any reference in their memoirs to such an historic event as Dallas, given its relevance to their professional lives if not their personal ones, and simply as a matter, for God’s sake, of human interest. Did they simply forget to include any thoughts on it? Sure. They forgot on purpose, and the question is why. What was it they wished to avoid by ignoring the subject? Ron Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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