MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) was invited to address students from the OTS Derech Avot High School in Efrat on the Memorial Day for Itzhak Rabin, part of a school tradition of inviting personalities with different opinions and encouraging dialogue and discussion.
“We’re conducting a conversation here about the murder of Rabin and its implications, what it means for all of us, our obligation to be tolerant, even though being tolerant is difficult,” said Lapid. He explained to the students that the root of the word “tolerance” in Hebrew is SBL – which is also the root of the Hebrew word that means “hardship” – “It’s not easy to hear other opinions,” he said. “That’s a challenge to us as a society, especially during difficult times such as these which are affecting am Yisrael.”
Director General of OTS Yinon Ahiman said, “There are some disturbing phenomena taking place in our society, and we need to act to stop them. Repairing the fabric of Israeli society must be our top priority. ‘We are brothers,’ as Avraham said to Lot, and we need to find the way to make the right connections. On a day such as today, the Memorial Day for Itzhak Rabin, how symbolic it is that Yair Lapid is here with us talking about listening to different opinions… we must remember that Rabin, z”l, had many virtues, and we must also note that he supported settlement, and the creation of Efrat and Gush Etzion in particular. He was a unique personality; there are no leaders like him today.”
PHOTOS: Meir Elipur