Kerry: Rabin's vision was 'two-state solution'

In statement marking 20th anniversary of Rabin assassination, Secretary of State says the "two-state solution" must be advanced.

Ben Ariel ,

Secretary of State John Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday continued the trend of American officials calling for a “two-state solution” to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict on the 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.

In a statement, Kerry said that Rabin’s “vision” would “would create a better future for both Israelis and the Palestinians: two states living side-by-side in peace and security.”

“Rabin is gone, but his legacy endures as a challenge and an inspiration to us all. Recent events and violence in the region underscore the urgency of advancing Rabin’s vision: a two-state solution that provides the security for Israelis and Palestinians to live their lives in peace, dignity and prosperity,” continued Kerry.

“Today, with the viability of that vision increasingly at risk, it is more important than ever that we remember his legacy. It compels us to keep trying. It urges us to never give up hope. As President Obama said in Jerusalem in 2013, peace is necessary, peace is just, and peace is possible,” he said.

“Today, we honor the memory of a great prime minister, a brave man, a valiant soldier, and a wise leader who understood what was necessary for two peoples to live as neighbors. In his memory, let us recommit to use our words and our actions to advance the cause of peace,” concluded Kerry.

The statement follows remarks by President Barack Obama in a video address at the memorial marking 20 years since the assassination last Saturday night.

“A bullet can take a man’s life, but his spirit and his dream of peace will never die,” Obama said at the memorial rally, which took place at the Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

The President went on to call for the two-state solution, saying that “the Jewish people have the right to live in their homeland, and Palestinians have the right to be a free people in their own land.”

Similar remarks were made by former President Bill Clinton who spoke at the same rally and urged the crowd not to give up on pursuing peace, which he named as Rabin's ultimate legacy.

The Mattot Arim nationalist NGO sent a letter to the American Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, in which it pointed out that Rabin was opposed to a Palestinian state despite the Obama administration’s claims otherwise.

The letter noted that Rabin had made clear over and over again that he was opposed to a Palestinian state, including in a New York Times report which quoted Rabin as having emphasized: "We do not accept the Palestinian goal of an independent Palestinian state between Israel and Jordan. We believe there is a separate Palestinian entity short of a state."