The world has lost one its greatest men,
a warrior for his nation's freedom, and now a martyr for his nation's
To Leah Rabin and her children, Hillary and I send our
love and our prayers.
To the people of Israel, I want you to know that the
hearts and prayers of all Americans are with you. Just as America
has stood by you in moments of crisis and triumph, so now we all
stand by you in this moment of grieving and loss.
For half a century, Yitzhak Rabin risked his life to
defend his country. Today, he gave his life to bring it a lasting
peace. His last act, his last words were in defense of that peace he
did so much to create. Peace must be and peace will be Prime
Minister Rabin's lasting legacy.
Tonight, the land for which he gave his life is in
mourning. But I want the world to remember what Prime Minister Rabin
said here at the White House barely one month ago, and I quote: "We
should not let the land flowing with milk and honey become a land
flowing with blood and tears. Don't let it happen."
Now it falls to us, all those in Israel, throughout the
Middle East, and around the world who yearn for and love peace to
make sure it doesn't happen.
Yitzhak Rabin was my partner and my friend. I admired
him, and I loved him very much. Because words cannot express my true
feelings, let me just say shalom, chaver -- goodbye, friend. - President Clinton's remarks on the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin