This week Israel mentions the day of the assassination of its Prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, 18 years ago. Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing extremist, that opposed to the Oslo Accords of the beginning of the 1990s. 18 years later, and the myth of Rabin as a peacemaker begins to crack: it’s a good opportunity for a brief insight into contemporary Israeli public opinion, and the dismissal of old narratives regarding the long lasting conflict with the Palestinians.
With two short videos about Israel Roi Dvir opens his encounter with postgraduate students of journalism in Aarhus. The Deputy Ambassador of Israel in Denmark first plays a clip that covers the achievements of the country in its 65 years of existence. Images that range from S.Y. Agnon Nobel Prize, the Peace Treaty with Egypt, to the development of its aerospace industry appear in a timeline with musical background. The second video promotes innovations created in Israel: the cherry tomato, the USB flash drive, the solar water heaters, the instant text messaging. Neither of the two clips focuses on what the world would normally associate with Israel: the conflict with Palestine.