THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
| For Immediate Release
|| October 21, 1999
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Four years ago today, according to the Hebrew Calendar, Yitzhak Rabin was
murdered by an assassin in Tel Aviv. He was a Prime Minister, a general, a
diplomat, and a courageous soldier in the battle for peace. All of us who
were his friends still mourn his death.
Twelve days from now, world leaders will gather in Oslo to honor Yitzhak
I will attend on behalf of the American people. It was in Oslo, six years
ago, that Israelis and Palestinians made the crucial decision to try to work
together to achieve peace. Now, Prime Minister Barak, Chairman Arafat and
I will come together in Oslo to build on that legacy and move closer to Rabins
goal: a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinian people.
There is much hard work ahead, with difficult decisions for all sides. But
as we look back in sorrow to mourn the passing of a great man, we must do
everything in our power on behalf of the cause to which he gave his life.