25th Anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Visit to Moscow

25th Anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Visit to Moscow

23 April 2019

April 23rd, MGIMO held the events in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first official visit of an Israeli Prime Minister to Russia - in April 1994, Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) came to Moscow.

The Israeli delegation comprised the former Prime Minister son Yuval Rabin, the Prime Minister Rabin's Press Secretary Oded Ben-Ami, the President of the Institute of Israel Itamar Rabinovich and the Ambassador of Israel to Russia Harry Koren.

The first event was the opening of a photo exhibition devoted to Yitzhak Rabin’s life, career and visit to Russia. The guests were greeted by MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, Ambassador Harry Koren and Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich. The exhibition was inaugurated by Yuval Rabin and Oded Ben-Ami. A presentation of the book by Itamar Rabinovich «Yitzhak Rabin. Soldier. Leader. Politician» 

The opening ceremony was followed by the film «Rabin. In his own words» - an autobiography fully narrated by the Prime Minister himself, presenting rare archives and private letters. The guests got a special insight into Yitzhak Rabin’s life, his career - from farmer to soldier, diplomat, politician.

After the film, a meeting took place with members of the Israeli delegation during which Ambassador Harry Koren remarked that in the course of his four-day visit to Russia, Yitzhak Rabin signed six agreements and thus laid down the foundations of bilateral relations. Most of the topics raised at the time, anti-Semitism, the Syrian issue and peace in the Middle East, remain highly relevant today, noted the Ambassador.

MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, other representatives of the University’s management, faculty members and experts on the Middle East had a working lunch with members of the Israeli delegation. 

The events were co-organized by MGIMO and the Israeli Embassy in Russia.

— See the MGIMO web-site for russian version