As the inquiry gets properly underway artifice is abandoned for a more clinical record of words spoken, questions asked and the remit of the committee being restricted so as to forestall a broader political discussion. Interspersed throughout Rabin, The Last Day are scenes involving those that Gitai obviously feels to have blood on their hands, the fanatical and religiously orthodox settlers, who cast an ancient curse on Rabin - Din Rodef (Law of the Pursuer), effectively a Fatwah - and attend demonstrations which invoke such violent language as to be tantamount, according to Perez, to sedition. There are moments of almost black humour, as when a psychologist gives a lecture to a right wing group about how she has diagnosed Rabin as schizophrenic. "A schizophrenic is someone who lives in an imaginary world," she says, blithely unaware as she bursts into tears that this description could also apply to the right-wing Jewish group to which she belongs. The murderer himself, Yigal Amir (Yogev Yefet), is interviewed by an elderly investigator who cannot hide his contempt. When Amir claims to have acted on behalf of the dues, his inquisitor replies, "Did you ask the Jews if they wanted this?" The film increasingly becomes an investigation on the risk to Israeli democracy posed by fanatical groups.
However, Rabin, The Last Day's broader political context is seen as being beyond the remit of the commission. The security failures are seen as manifest with an appalling laxness considering the actual death threats and the general tone of hostility. Although there is the suggestion of a conspiracy, the likelihood seems to be that there was an inexcusable level of complacency. What happened that day on the Kings of Israel Square had the immediate effect of causing widespread grief and outrage. The square itself was renamed Rabin Square as were other streets and buildings. The religious community was also taken aback by the vehemence of condemnation that came their way and found some comfort in conspiracy theories that the whole thing was a set up to make them look bad. Some illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories were rolled back as we see both reenacted and through stock footage. However, as time has goes on Gitai clearly indicates that those responsible for violent rabble rousing - Benjamin Netanyahu chief among them - were ultimately the victors, seizing Israel's future and turning it in an increasingly belligerent direction.
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