Obama to Address Rabin Event by Video
Tens of thousands of people will gather at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to mark the 14th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin's assassination in 1995. The slogan of the gathering will be “yes to peace, no to violence.”
US President Barack Obama will address the crowd in a taped speech. He will say:
“The strong bond between the United States and Israel cannot be broken. Our support in defending Israel's security will never waver, and we will not let go of our common goal: a just and lasting peace between Israel, Palestine and the Arab world. A peace that will respect the security and dignity of every person.”
"Tonight, Yitzchak Rabin rests at Mount Herzl besides Israel's warriors and leaders. Tonight he speaks to us again in the words of the song he once quoted – a request by a soldier who died, to those who stayed alive: 'we leave you a will in our death, give meaning to our death.' On that terrible November night, Yitzchak left us a will in his death.”
Among the speakers at the assembly will be President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Education Minister Gideon Saar and Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni.