Last week, Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin (Steve Mnuchin) met with Yitzhak Rabin’s daughter. In his speech on the Arab-Israeli peace process, he seemed to ignore the late Israeli Prime Minister’s effect.
Why it matters: Rabin is a very important person. He is remembered for achieving peace with Jordan, signing the Oslo Agreement with the Palestinians, and establishing relations with Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia.
what happened: Mnuchin addressed Israeli, UAE and American businessmen in Abu Dhabi. Several people here said that he reviewed the history of previous peace talks, but did not mention Rabin.
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- Then, he entered the 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan, mentioning the work of Bill Clinton and King Hussein of Jordan, but not Rabin, who negotiated and signed the agreement
- He also omitted the “Oslo Agreement” negotiated by Rabin, Clinton and Yasser Arafat.
Between lines: One person who had discussed with her said that this oversight may be unintentional, but at least it shocked the participants: Dalia Rabin, the daughter of the late prime minister.
- After the speech, she immediately contacted Mnuchin and asked him why he didn’t mention his father and whether he thought his father’s work to maintain peace was not important.
- Mnuchin said to her in surprise: “This is my speech, and I don’t owe you any explanation.”
What are they talking about: According to Monica Crowley, Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and Finance, Mnuchin did not realize that she was speaking with Rabin’s daughter.
- Crowley said to me: “She did not introduce herself, nor did she indicate her relationship with the Prime Minister. After a short conversation, the secretary asked about the identity of another guest.”
- “Unfortunately, if she could introduce herself correctly, the secretary would have been happy to discuss her father and his peaceful historical heritage.”
It is worth noting: Next week, Israel will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Rabin by Israeli terrorists opposed to the Oslo Agreement.