President Shim'on Peres opened, Thursday evening, the events commemorating the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. He said he remembered the evening as if 17 years had not passed. Referring to memorial candles lit for the occasion, he said, "A candle for Yitzchak is not just a ceremony. A candle for Yitzchak is a promise. A promise to preserve a democratic Israel, an Israel with a Jewish majority."
Peres looked up from his prepared speech and said, by heart, "The Rabin heritage and his way supports a democratic Jewish state and is against a bi-national state, even at the cost of us not having a state. We must not blur this. This is the truth, and it's my obligation as his friend to say this and mention it."