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Clinton to Israelis: You have to decide
Former US president who shepherded Oslo Accords reflected on Yitzhak Rabin's legacy at the ceremony commemorating 20 years since the assassination, which drew some 100,000 to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

Organizers claimed 100,000 were in attendence at a rally and memorial ceremony Saturday night in Tel Aviv, marking the 20-year anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

 

 

The memorial was held at Rabin Square – named after the slain prime minister in wake of his murder in 1995 – where former US president Bill Clinton gave a speech from behind bullet-proof glass, charging the Israeli people to carry on Rabin's legacy by finding a path to peace.

 

Clinton at Rabin rally.

Clinton at Rabin rally.

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"After all the fighting and battles he engaged in, he never stopped seeing other people, including his adversaries, as human beings," said Clinton. "All of you must decide... how to finish his legacy, for the last chapter must be written by the people he gave his life to save and to nourish." 

 

Photo: Motti Kimchi
Photo: Motti Kimchi

 

The former president continued, "You have to decide that the risks for peace are not as severe as the risks of walking away from it."

 

Photo: Motti Kimchi
Photo: Motti Kimchi
 

 

Clinton also spoke about Rabin on a more personal note, saying, "The day he was killed was probably the worst day of my 8 years as president."

 

Photo: Moti Kimchi
Photo: Moti Kimchi
 

 

US President Barack Obama also addressed the crowd in a pre-recorded video, saying, "A bullet can take a man's life, but his spirit and his dream of peace will never die."

 

Barack Obama.

Barack Obama.

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President Reuven Rivlin also addressed the crowd saying, "Two decades have gone by, and still we remain overly focused on the wounds of the past, and not enough on building the future.

 

President Reuven Rivlin. (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
President Reuven Rivlin. (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

 

"We should have no fear," continued Rivlin. "Israel’s democracy is solid enough, and we are brave and strong enough to open wide Israel’s gates, so that all the groups within us may play an equal part in shaping the character and future of the State of Israel."

 

The rally was organized under the slogan “Remembering the murder. Fighting for democracy.” Its organizers said they wished for it to be a-political.

 


פרסום ראשון: 10.31.15, 19:20
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