Israelis mark Rabin yahrzeit

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The images of ponytailed secular teens exchanging words with their religious counterparts provide some signs of encouragement that the gaps separating Israelis might one day diminish.

"We still may not agree, but perhaps we understand that the dismantling of settlements may be incredibly painful for one side, while making another side happy," one participant told Israel Radio.

Yigal Amir shot Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995 — and later said his actions were justified by Jewish law.

Rabin's yahrzeit on the Hebrew calendar fell yesterday.

Other events marking his death included a candlelighting ceremony at the presidential residence, a state memorial ceremony at his grave at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and a special Knesset session.

On Nov. 4, the date of the assassination on the secular calendar, a memorial integrating some of the graffiti art from the assassination site will be unveiled.

A week later, U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to speak in Tel Aviv as the guest of the Rabin Center for Israel Studies.