Soldier in the Army of Peace: 1992 - 1995

The museum tells two parallel stories: the history of the State of Israel within the exhibit rooms and the biography of Yitzhak Rabin along the inner corridor.  At this point, the two stories merge.

The exhibit tells of the exciting momentum during Rabin’s second term as Prime Minister: his Administration’s shift in national priorities of building up the education system, developing industry, and investing in infrastructure while simultaneously fostering improved international relations. Together with Shimon Peres, Rabin engages cautiously in the Oslo peace process, gradually altering his views toward dealing with the PLO.  

The exhibit contains the actual room where Rabin did much of his work and thinking, his study which has been transported in its entirety from the home to the museum. 

The inner portion of the corridor displays the accomplishments of the period: the signing the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, and signing the peace treaty with King Hussein of Jordan.  The outer portion of the corridor gives context to these accomplishments:  the building of Israel opposite the range of responses to the peace process  from supporters to those violently opposed; opposite the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, the implementation of “Gaza and Jericho First”; opposite the agreements with Jordan, the new relationships with countries of the Middle East and Africa acknowledged together with the horrific terrorist activities, including the bombings of Israeli buses.  

Finally, images showing scathing characterizations and demonstrations against Rabin:  “…the writing on the wall.”  The extreme polarization of political opinion developing sits opposite a large image of the peace rally of November 4, 1995.