Following the Six-Day War, Rabin served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. Dubbed the “Undiplomatic Diplomat,” his straightforward style distinguished him as the first Sabra to hold this position. One of the major characteristics of his tenure as Ambassador was forging stronger relations with the United States.
The exhibit lays out the evolution of Israeli mentality following the Six Day War - the transition from considering the occupied territories as a bargaining chip in the quest for peace to the gradual acceptance by many Israelis that the land was part of a greater Israel. During this ten-year period, there are significant hints of disenchantment with the traditional leadership and becoming more apparent following the Yom Kippur War: layered images depicting the growth and development of Jerusalem under Mayor Teddy Kollek’s leadership contrasted by the warfare between Israel and Egypt, referred to as the ‘War of Attrition.’
The exhibit chronicles the shock of the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath, including still images and a media presentation of the battles that were incredibly costly in both human life and to the collective psychology of the nation.
Visitors emerge to find the country in a period of discontent, transitioning from the ouster of the Golda Meir government to the first term of Yitzhak Rabin as Prime Minister. Terrorism continues; the heroine tale of Operation Entebbe; the story of Kaddum, an early “ideological settlement” on the West Bank and its confrontation with the Israel Defense Forces; and finally, Rabin’s resignation and the end of his first term as Prime Minister.