Had Rabin not been murdered, the Oslo agreement would have continued and the final-status agreement would have been signed. We could be living today in a completely different world, one in which the national effort would be for the good and prosperity of all of society, and not for raising the defense budget. Rabin knew that time was not on our side, that Israel was a sick society, and that only peace could win the time to heal its wounds.
Yes, it was a political demonstration. The 100,000 people who came to Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Saturday night mourned the man, but also mourned peace, which has become a dirty word in recent years.