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  10/28/2012, Cheshvan 12, 5773

Peres: Rabin Died Standing Tall


President Shim'on Peres said, Sunday, that the vision of assassinated prime minister Yitzchak Rabin "was clear and unequivocal, a democratic Jewish state." Addressing the official memorial service for Rabin on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, he continued, "He rejected a b-national state out of concern that it would bring about endless binational strife. That's what Yitzchak thought. That's the way he acted. He knew that Israel was acquired in agony, not by pampering. He knew that to choose was to lead. And this was his choice."

Peres added, "There is something of Yitzchak Rabin in everyone who wears uniforms, even if he don't know it, even if he was born after the murder. This is Yitzchak - a soldier for peace. Political followers and opponents know that Yitzchak would work and act - in [times of] success and [times of] distress - for what appeared to him to be for good and important to the state and its security. This was the man. That's how we will remember him and that's how Zionist and Jewish history will remember him. Yitzchak died [when he was] powerful and standing tall on his path."