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"For Israelis, this country is one big family," says TIME's Johanna McGeary in Jerusalem. "Rabin was in many ways the head. He was in every living room, on everyone's TV each night. He was more than a political figure; he was a father figure. Politics are very personal here. People are a lot closer to their government than they are in the U.S. Security is not as tight, and that accounts for why Rabin was so easily killed."