What were Yitzhak Rabin's last words? I am trying to fact check what my guide on a Birthright Israel tour told us, which is that before he died, Rabin said "I can't believe it's a Jew," referring to his assassin who was a right-wing Orthodox Jew. I feel like I've heard this quote elsewhere, but when I try googling to find Rabin's last words I cant find this quote. Can anyone verify this?
I'm looking for photo references for a project I'm working on about Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century as well as the early Zionist movement in Israel (back before the 1948 war), including early kibbutz life. I'm sure there is a wealth of material out there, which ironically makes it harder to find what I'm looking for. How to sift through it all? [more inside]
Why was Canaan/Palestine/Israel such desired territory in ancient times? I'm talking before Jerusalem became an important holy site. Is it just because the area was situated between other important civilizations and was therefore a trading hub? It doesnt seem like it was exactly rich in natural resources. Also, why did Jerusalem end up being the capitol of the Kingdom of Israel instead of someplace like Jaffa which seems to be a more convenient location for trade?