Eitan Haber, former director of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s office, has died at the age of 80


Journalist, writer and publicist Eitan Haber passed away today (Wednesday) at the age of 80. Whoever will be remembered as the director of the office of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his associate, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In recent years he has even suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

In 1985, Haber became the communications adviser to Defense Minister Rabin in the unity government composed of the Likud and the Alignment factions. With the formation of the Shamir government in 1990, Haber returned to work for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, but within two years was appointed adviser and director of the office of Prime Minister Rabin, who won the election.

As part of his role, the bar was entrusted with working with the media, but also took part in peace agreements between Israel and Jordan, and also managed Rabin’s travels abroad, including in Arab countries. The bar was responsible for some of Rabin’s most famous speeches. The speech in Washington in which the peace agreement with Jordan was announced, and opened with the words: “I am Yitzhak Rabin, personal number 30743, retired chief of staff, a soldier in the peace army.”

Most of all, Haber is remembered as the one who informed the public about Rabin’s assassination with the words: “The Israeli government announces with astonishment, great sorrow and deep sorrow, the death of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated by an assassin tonight in Tel Aviv.”

Haber was born in Tel Aviv in 1940, attended the Bilu religious school and began writing at the age of nine in “Herut LaNoar”. Syria, met for the first time with Commander-in-Chief Yitzhak Rabin, whose bar service was completed by the rank of major.

For 25 consecutive years, the bar served as the military correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, during which he covered the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and many political and political events. Following his work, Tori published an opinion in the newspaper until he retired in 2019 due to his health condition.

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