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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jordan-born Yitzhak Rabin to join IDF

                            A 1996 picture of newborn baby boy Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin, the Jordanian named 18 years ago after Israel's former prime minister, will be joining the ranks of the Israeli army, the daily Maariv reported on Wednesday.

Following Rabin's assassination in 1995, Jordanian farmer Rajai Saeed and his wife decided to name their infant child after the Israeli premier. At first the state registrar refused to approve the infant's Jewish name, but changed its position after the Interior Minister said the request was legal.

But following protracted harassment in Jordan, Yitzhak Rabin Namsy's family moved to Israel, where they have been living almost his entire life. Israeli citizenship, however, remained a challenge for the family.

According to the report, Rabin's dream to become a citizen finally came true this week, when Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar personally traveled to Eilat to present him with the blue Israeli ID card.

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