Text of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's funeral
BERNARD SHAW, Anchor: Ralph, I'm thinking if the human heart could make a sound, it might sound like that - the shrieking, shrill sound of a siren.
RALPH BEGLEITER, Anchor: They don't call it the wailing of sirens without good meaning, and those sirens were heard throughout this land and, really, worldwide. There are many, many millions around the world who are watching this event with great emotion.
BERNARD SHAW: No greater than where you are, Walter Rodgers.
WALTER RODGERS, Correspondent: Bernie, it was fascinating. As the siren went off, I was watching the acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Mr. Rabin's partner in peace, and you could see him choking with emotion. He bowed his head, he swallowed hard. Women down the line are weeping. President Clinton stood there, his head bowed. Again, everyone gripped by what has happened and what is happening now. There is no escaping this. Bernie?
RALPH BEGLEITER: Bernie, it was Rabin, himself, only last year, who said in Cairo that `the war we have fought over the land of our forefathers,' and he was speaking of both Palestinian forefathers and Israeli forefathers, `has cost us the best of our sons and daughters.' It was he who spoke of, in the most difficult hours, having been `pained by the sight of destruction, the feelings of hatred and the face of death.'
BERNARD SHAW: Now, let's listen to the ceremony.
CHIEF ARMY RABBI: [through interpreter] Darkness on my side, God will just judge the righteous and the evil. The Lord loveth justice.
The mourner's prayer said by the son, Yuval Rabin.
BERNARD SHAW: Mr. Rabin's son coming up now. The Chief Army Rabbi, before.
YUVAL RABIN, Yitzhak Rabin's Son: [through interpreter] -grow exalted and sanctified. Amen. In the world that He created as He willed, may He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days and in the lifetimes of the entire family of Israel, swiftly and soon, now respond, Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and ever. May His great name be blessed forever and ever. Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, mighty, upraised and lauded be the name of the Holy One. Blessed is He. Blessed is He beyond any blessing and song, praise and consolation that are uttered in this world. Now respond, Amen. Upon Israel, upon the teachers, their disciples and all of their disciples and all upon those who engage in the study of Torah, here or anywhere else, may they and you have abundant peace, grace, kindness, mercy, long life, ample nourishment and salvation. From before their Father who is in heaven and on earth, now respond, Amen.
CHIEF ARMY RABBI: [through interpreter] And now, words from the president of Israel, Ezer Weitzman.
Pres. EZER WEITZMAN, Israel: [through interpreter] Leah, and all the family, Yitzhak was the generation of '48, born in '22, a hero born in the British period and fought for our independence, aspired to the agricultural, industrial and scientific foundations of our country. He was recruited from his youth for our country. He represented the extreme aspirations of our youth. He was in the Palmach. He was a beautiful man, also Leah is from the underground that fought for independence. Yitzhak was under the yoke of public service throughout his entire life and never diverged from that.
In glorious fashion he served in the Israel defense army, up to being chief of staff. The important and interesting experience of serving under him was mine. I can't tell the entire story here of courses and developments, meetings with individuals, Washington, and the life of a minister who was among the first of our generation. And in the last two-and-a-half years, these were years in which we were the most together, at least twice a month if not more, at least an hour behind closed doors and intimate conversation of all that was important and painful to the State of Israel, and I know that several times I perhaps stepped on a toe, but I never heard anything from him. His nobility in his personal dealings was supreme throughout, however, some events can serve upon occasion to characterize an entire lifetime. As I heard of his aspirations and plans I know 68,000 new immigrants a year, their absorption into our defense forces army.
It was of intense honor to him, and pride, that during his period at the helm we commenced talks with the Palestinians. The greatest symbol was perhaps the 80 representatives of foreign nations. Counts, ministers, kings, and presidents have come here today out of great respect for his achievements and personal recognition. They have all come - Clinton, heads of England, France, King of Jordan, Mubarak from Egypt, Queen of Holland, and so on, and so forth. I'm sure that he would know that this is out of honor to Israel, too. The State of Israel today enjoys respect throughout the world and a country that faces and wants peace more than anything else.
In the hours we stood together and sat together, as we sat and drank and ate, I wish only one sentence - Yitzhak sowed his seed throughout the land and was blessed by God.
CHIEF ARMY RABBI: [through interpreter] Quote from the Bible.
His Majesty King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
King HUSSEIN, Jordan: My sister, Mrs. Leah Rabin, my friends, I had never thought that the moment would come like this when I would grieve the loss of a brother, a colleague and a friend - a man, a soldier who met us on the opposite side of a divide whom we respected as he respected us. A man I came to know because I realized, as he did, that we have to cross over the divide, establish a dialogue, get to know each other and strive to leave for those who follow us a legacy that is worthy of them. And so we did. And so we became brethren and friends.
I've never been used to standing, except with you next to me, speaking of peace, speaking about dreams and hopes for generations to come that must live in peace, enjoy human dignity, come together, work together, to build a better future which is their right. Never in all my thoughts would it have occurred to me that my first visit to Jerusalem and response to your invitation, the invitation of the Speaker of the Knesset, the invitation of the president of Israel, would be on such an occasion.
You lived as a soldier, you died as a soldier for peace and I believe it is time for all of us to come out, openly, and to speak our piece, but here today, but for all the times to come. We belong to the camp of peace. We believe in peace. We believe that our one God wishes us to live in peace and wishes peace upon us, for these are His teachings to all the followers of the three great monotheistic religions, the children of Abraham.
Let's not keep silent. Let our voices rise high to speak of our commitment to peace for all times to come, and let us tell those who live in darkness who are the enemies of life, and through faith and religion and the teachings of our one God, this is where we stand. This is our camp. May God bless you with the realization that you must join it and we pray that He will, but otherwise we are not ashamed, nor are we afraid, nor are we anything but determined to fulfill the legacy for which my friend fell, as did my grandfather in this very city when I was with him and but a young boy. He was a man of courage, a man of vision and he was endowed with one of the greatest virtues that any man can have. He was endowed with humility. He felt with those around him and in a position of responsibility, he placed himself, as I do and have done, often, in the place of the other partner to achieve a worthy goal. And we achieved peace, an honorable peace and a lasting peace. He had courage, he had vision, and he had a commitment to peace, and standing here, I commit before you, before my people in Jordan, before the world, myself to continue with our utmost, to ensure that we leave a similar legacy. And when my time comes, I hope it will be like my grandfather's and like Yitzhak Rabin's.
May your spirit rise high and may it sense how the people of Jordan, my family, the people of Israel, decent people throughout the world feel today. So many live and so many inevitably die. This is the will of God. This is the way of all, but those who are fortunate and lucky in life, those who are greater, those who leave something behind, and you are such a man, my friend.
The faces in my country amongst the majority of my people and our armed forces and people who once were your enemies are somber today and their hearts are heavy. Let's hope and pray that God will give us all guidance, each in his respective position to do what he can for the better future that Yitzhak Rabin sought with determination and courage. As long as I live, I'll be proud to have known him, to have worked with him, as a brother and as a friend, and as a man, and the relationship of friendship that we had is something unique and I am proud of that.
On behalf of the people of Jordan, my large Jordanian family, my Hashemite family, all those who belong to the camp of peace, to all those who belong to the camp of peace, our deepest sympathies, our deepest condolences as we share together this moment of remembrance and commitment, to continue our struggle for the future of generations to come, as did Yitzhak Rabin, and to fulfill his legacy. Thank you.
ISRAELI TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: [through interpreter] -a speech of extraordinary character and importance.
CHIEF ARMY RABBI: William Jefferson Clinton, his excellency, the president of the United States, Mr. William Jefferson Clinton.
Pres. BILL CLINTON: Leah, to the Rabin children and grandchildren and other family members, President Weitzman, Acting Prime Minister Peres, members of the Israeli government and the Knesset, distinguished leaders from the Middle East and around the world, especially His Majesty King Hussein, for those remarkable and wonderful comments, and President Mubarak for taking this historic trip here, and to all the people of Israel, the American people mourn with you in the loss of your leader and I mourn with you, for he was my partner and friend. Every moment we shared was a joy because he was a good man and an inspiration because he was also a great man.
Leah, I know that too many times in the life of this country, you were called upon to comfort and console the mothers and the fathers, the husbands and the wives, the sons and the daughters who lost their loved ones to violence and vengeance. You gave them strength. Now, we here and millions of people all around the world, in all humility and honor, offer you our strength. May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Yitzhak Rabin lived the history of Israel. Throughout every trial and triumph, the struggle for independence, the wars for survival, the pursuit of peace and all he served on the front lines, this son of David and of Solomon, took up arms to defend Israel's freedom and lay down his life to secure Israel's future. He was a man completely without pretenses, all of his friends knew. I read that in 1949 after the war of independence, David ben Gurion sent him to represent Israel at the armistice talks at Rhoads [sp] and he had never before worn a neck tie, and did not know how to tie the knot. So, the problem was solved by a friend who tied it for him before he left and showed him how to preserve the knot, simply by loosening the tie and pulling it over his head. Well, the last time we were together, not two weeks ago, he showed up for a black tie event, on time, but without the black tie. And so he borrowed a tie and I was privileged to straighten it for him. It is a moment I will cherish as long as I live.
To him, ceremonies and words were less important than actions and deeds. Six weeks ago, as the King and President Mubarak will remember, we were at the White House for signing the Israel-Palestinian agreement and a lot of people spoke. I spoke, the King spoke, Chairman Arafat spoke, President Mubarak spoke, our foreign ministers all spoke, and finally Prime Minister Rabin got up to speak and he said, `First, the good news - I am the last speaker.' But he also understood the power of words and symbolism. `Take a look at the stage,' he said in Washington. `The King of Jordan, the president of Egypt, Chairman Arafat, and us, the prime minister and foreign minister of Israel on one platform. Please, take a good hard look. The sight you see before you was impossible, was unthinkable, just three years ago. Only poets dreamt of it and to our great pain, soldier and civilian went to their deaths to make this moment possible.' Those were his words. Today, my fellow citizens of the world, I ask all of you to take a good, hard look at this picture. Look at the leaders from all over the Middle East and around the world who have journeyed here today for Yitzhak Rabin, and for peace. Though we no longer hear his deep and booming voice, it is he who has brought us together again here, in word and deed, for peace.
Now, it falls to all of us who love peace and all of us who loved him, to carry on the struggle to which he gave life and for which he gave his life. He cleared the path and his spirit continues to light the way. His spirit lives on in the growing peace between Israel and her neighbors. It lives in the eyes of the children, the Jewish and the Arab children who are leaving behind a past of fear for a future of hope. It lives on in the promise of true security. So, let me say to the people of Israel, even in your hour of darkness, his spirit lives on and so you must not lose your spirit. Look at what you have accomplished, making a once barren desert bloom, building a thriving democracy in a hostile terrain, winning battles and wars and now winning the peace, which is the only enduring victory.
Your prime minister was a martyr for peace, but he was a victim of hate. Surely, we must learn from his martyrdom that if people cannot let go of the hatred of their enemies, they risk sowing the seeds of hatred among themselves. I ask you, the people of Israel, on behalf of my nation that knows its own long litany of loss, from Abraham Lincoln to President Kennedy to Martin Luther King, do not let that happen to you. In the Knesset, in your homes, in your places of worship, stay the righteous course. As Moses said to the children of Israel when he knew he would not cross over into the promised land, `Be strong and of good courage. Fear not, for God will go with you. He will not fail you, He will not forsake you.'
President Weitzman, Acting Prime Minister Peres, to all the people of Israel, as you stay the course of peace I make this pledge - neither will America forsake you. Legend has it that in every generation of Jews, from time immemorial, a just leader emerged to protect his people and show them the way to safety. Prime Minister Rabin was such a leader. He knew, as he declared to the world on the White House lawn two years ago, that the time had come, in his words, `to begin a new reckoning in the relations between people, between parents tired of war, between children who will not know war.' Here in Jerusalem I believe, with perfect [unintelligible] that he was leading his people to that promised land.
This week, Jews all around the world are studying the Torah portion in which God tests the faith of Abraham, patriarch of the Jews and the Arabs. He commands Abraham to sacrifice Yitzhak. `Take your son, the one you love, Yitzhak.' As we all know, as Abraham, in loyalty to God, was about to kill his son, God spared Yitzhak. Now God tests our faith even more terribly, for he has taken our Yitzhak. But Israel's covenant with God for freedom, for tolerance, for security, for peace - that covenant must hold. That covenant was Prime Minister Rabin's life's work. Now we must make it his lasting legacy. His spirit must live on in us.
The Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for mourning, never speaks of death, but often speaks of peace. In its closing words, may our hearts find a measure of comfort and our souls, the eternal touch of hope. Ne she Shalom, bemrumov, huya asay Shalom Elihenu, be al Kol Israel, Vi emruv, Amen, and Shalom, Haver.
CHIEF ARMY RABBI: [through interpreter] The honorable Acting Prime Minister of the State of Israel, and foreign minister, Mr. Shimon Peres.
SHIMON PERES, Acting Israeli Prime Minister: [through interpreter] Leah, and the children, the grandchildren, your majesties, your excellencies, sons of my people, this will not be the end. We salute you completely, a fierce warrior that brought his people to victory, a great dreamer that created a new reality. At the conclusion of our last Sabbath, we sang together the song of peace. I felt a rising spirit in your breast. You told me about warnings against your life, but we didn't know that the injury would be so great. But we knew that we must not fear death, that we must not hesitate in our quest for peace. The day before, we sat, as our custom, behind closed doors and for the first time, you told me that the job is wearing you down, but that the peace obliges you.
I knew your desire to soar to the heights, but your obstinacy to stay reality bound. You were the captain of the ship from your very nature, a brave a fierce captain, in peace and in war in the Middle East. Your job was not one of amusement and seriousness became your second nature, and you became a rare leader, one able to uproot mountains in order to achieve your goal.
These last hours of yours above ground I have recently felt a healing grace settling upon you as all those who supported you have stepped forth to show their solidarity. Together, with Leah, you have led us and carried us through to the scenario of peace and tranquility and security. The youngest of the generals of Israel, you have left a trail of glory. Your thought was not one of the light-headed and the joyous. Always your thoughts were intended for your partners and it was never far from you to console your enemy, either.
Your way was great, your words were great and, yet, you remained simple, and you fought long and hard. In the last five years, great seriousness and intensity and here is the crowning glory of your efforts - us here together today. The massive immigration is being absorbed, the economy is flowering, science is booming, industry surges ahead and our educational system has doubled its excellence. Two peace accords with our Palestinian neighbors, the Palestinian people and its leaders here - these two accords will permit them to proceed toward their just elections and we will not have to maintain an army in order to govern a foreign people. And King Jordan [sic] has invited with you the desert between us to become an area of friendship. We are a coalition of peace, supported by an international coalition.
The U.S. and Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and our area have all sent their captains of state to salute your personality and to declare that the way that you commenced will, indeed, continue. Leah is here now this time without you, but all are with her and the family. I see our folk with a tear in the eye, that the dummy bullet which killed you was not able, nor will it be able, to extinguish your ideals and your ideas. You didn't leave a will and testament, but you left us with a command to continue for peace. These are tears of unity which shall serve to eternalize the peace with our neighbors. I see our neighbors, the Arabs, and I wish to say to them that the peace is irreversible, not here and not with you, and we are unable to stop or hesitate or hold back. It will encompass us and our women and children, and here in Jerusalem, Yitzhak, where the three greatest religions in mankind's history, the Jerusalem in which you have fallen, robbed, here your voice choked with tears and your eye with tears. I shall allow no one to disturb you. Thus sayeth the Lord.
Farewell to you, my senior brother, the bringer of peace - peace unto those near and peace unto those far. All that you have commanded us shall be carried out in your absence.
ISRAELI TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: [through interpreter] Many wept openly in the audience throughout Peres' speech.
THE CHIEF RABBI OF THE ISRAELI ARMY: [through interpreter] His excellency the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Hosni Mubarak.
UNATTRIBUTED SPEAKER: Nor did Hosni Mubarak think to arrive here like this in Jerusalem, but here he is.
HOSNI MUBARAK, President, Egypt: Mrs. Rabin and the family, Mr. Ezer Weizman, the president of State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, acting prime minister, dear friends, it is with deep regret that we assemble here today to pay our last respects to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a courageous leader and a recognized statesman. His earnest efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East are a testament to his vision, which we share, to end the suffering of all the peoples of our region.
He defied the prejudices of the past to tackle the most complicated of problems, namely the Palestinian problem, in a forthright manner. The success he achieved in this regard has firmly laid the foundations of peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and the Israelis in a climate of trust and a mutual respect. These achievements have undoubtedly established him as a true hero of peace.
The untimely loss of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at this important juncture in the history with the Middle East has dealt a severe blow to our noble cause. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts and reaffirm our obligation to continue the sacred mission to achieve a just and lasting peace. We must deprive those treacherous hands hostile towards our goal from reaping the rewards of their vile actions. Only through our unwavering commitment to this objective can we truly honor the memory of this fallen hero of peace.
And I could say that the message memorial for Yitzhak Rabin is to continue what he started, which is the peace process and, of course, as we mentioned several times, peace is so precious for the whole people all over the world. On this sad occasion, ladies and gentlemen, I extend the condolences of the people and the government to Egypt, and my personal condolences, to the government and the people of Israel and the family of Mr. Yitzhak Rabin. Thank you.
THE CHIEF RABBI OF THE ISRAELI ARMY: [through interpreter] And now, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Dr. Ghali arrived the 19th of November in 1977 and now-
BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI, Secretary-General of the United Nations: Eighteen years ago I was privileged to accompany President Sadat to Jerusalem. Old enemies exchanged words of peace, a long, often painful and, sometimes, dangerous peace process had begun. We knew that the road will be long and hard. Two years ago the Israelis and the Palestinians reach an agreement. This was followed by a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel. The road to peace was not at an end, but the millstone had been passed.
Yitzhak Rabin had been one of the engineers of that road to peace. Today we meet in sorrow to mourn his death, but we should also rejoice at the grandeur of his achievements. Yitzhak Rabin was a man who knew war and worked for peace. He fought tirelessly for peace and reconciliation.
Yitzhak Rabin said in Washington two years ago that he had done what he had done so that our children and our children's children will no longer experience the painful cost of war. That goal should be our goal. That goal is the goal of the United Nations. On this tragic occasion I would like to extend my deepest condolence to Mrs. Rabin, to the people and governments of Israel.
THE CHIEF RABBI OF THE ISRAELI ARMY: [through interpreter] -bore a large part in the peacemaking efforts between Egypt and Israel, but today he spoke for the entire world.
Felipe Gonzalez. The honorable president of the European Union, prime minister of Spain, Mr. Felipe Gonzalez.
His head across from the coffin, Felipe Gonzalez, the prime minister of Spain and the president of the European Union.
FELIPE GONZALEZ, Prime Minister, Spain: [through interpreter] Dear Rabin family, magistrates, excellencies, sirs and madams, as the president of the government of Spain I would like to express to you my most profound sentiment of pain and consternation of the horrible crime that has ended the life of Yitzhak Rabin, and I would like to let you know how I feel exactly.
I've known him for many years, a man whom I admired as a patriot and as a fervent fighter of peace and the ideals that mark the road to peace. In the last few weeks, in his home, in Washington and New York, I was able to confirm his vitality, his illusion, and his firm commitment to the virtue of peace. Many times he expressed to me his desire for a peace process, one of the greatest services of the State of Israel. He knew he had to be strong. He was very strong as a military man and as a leader of his country and political leader.
His vision was that of the future, to defend the values of peace and understanding and cooperation, always with courage and with a deep political reality. He knew that terrorism and ignorance were the true enemies of peace. He has fallen to a cowardly act. His death today should make us more committed to peace and for the stability of the Middle East.
The European community now reaffirms its commitment to peace much like Mr. Rabin was committed to peace. We make a calling out now, a general calling, to the future of all, regional leaders and citizens alike, to continue their contributions towards a peaceful solution to all conflict, as was his desire. The only thing we have now are his memories and the memories of his efforts of an exceptional human being, a human being of quality. We also have a conviction that the best way we can recognize his memory is to continue working for peace.
We will continue to back his vision and, to his family, who also share in his vision of peace, and all the citizens of Israel, I offer my respect, my solidarity, and my thoughts. In the midst of our mourning we would like to be consoled by knowing that his project will continue.
THE CHIEF RABBI OF THE ISRAELI ARMY: [through interpreter] The honorable former director general of prime minister's office, Mr. Shimon Sheves.
SHIMON SHEVES, Former Rabin Adviser: [through interpreter] Yitzhak, our dear friend, it's difficult and exactly impossible to speak of you in the past tense, and all of your admirers, the family and friends standing near your grave, I cannot be at one that a hand of evil has stopped your energy and cut short your project, your lifetime of ideals, your stature and your typification of the Israeli, prickly and tough from the outside, sweet and thoughtful from the inside. Your vision, your ability, to realize your dreams, your toughness, your talent, and the justiceness of your ways, a wonderful father, husband, and grandfather.
In the hours that I was with you in which you were only attuned to your wife, to Galeah [sp] and Yuval and all of their children, and you know their love and their being with you and we admired you and knew that you were the giant of all, the unfurler of the banner. You were for me a friend, the one that taught me the way and led me and my great father. We began work a dozen years ago and never parted. It was my merit to be at your side in great and emotional-laden moments, and here I am now, refusing to believe. And I stood at your side as soldiers and sons fell and, yet, our souls were entwined in moments of supreme joy and realization.
You were without pomp. You were real and open and warm and, therefore, you won my love. And if there was one to whom we could safety entrust our security, and that of our children, it was you. You never panicked. You believed in Israelity, in Israel, and in Israelis and, from that vantage point of strength, you set forth to secure their future, a future of peace. But today we are lost, feeling empty and crestfallen.
Israel, after this abominable murder, will never again be the same. We have lost our dear one and that which remains to us is to remember the beautiful moments of your life. You fell on the night that was all optimism, a night that was all solidarity and rejoicing, and you fell on the night that you brought the people to the crest of the quest for such peace, for peace and security, and we must embrace to our breast your visions and keep them in front of us. A no to violence and a yes to peace, and the way that you paved for all of us will be ours, and the excitement with which you embrace the peace will now be ours.
] part from you with an embrace and a tear, a father, a friend, a leader, a fighter. Where are there yet people like this man? Peace upon, beizek [sp] of all of us, Prime Minister Rabin.
THE CHIEF RABBI OF THE ISRAELI ARMY: Shimon Sheves, for 12 years the man closest to Rabin and the entire family. It's easy to see this.
ISRAELI FUNERAL TRANSLATOR: [in progress] the Honorable Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Viktor Chernomyrdin.
ISRAELI TELEVISION TRANSLATOR: Russia sent in the end, to send the Prime Minister and not the foreign minister. This will be Yeltsin's successor.
VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN, Russian Prime Minister: [through interpreter] Lady Leah Rabin, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen. We are brought here [unintelligible] Yitzhak. His murder is a shock to the whole world. The whole world and all society have undergone a very big loss and with this morning's ceremony, the life of [unintelligible]. He made a lot more. His name will be connected with the history, especially in the peace between Israel and Palestinian people and between Israel and it's Arab neighbors. We can talk about the peace in this region. It is brining concrete people- concrete roots to people living in this area. Firm adherence to peace loving [unintelligible] has gained a glory to him throughout the third world and Israel itself. I am convinced the cause of peace which he has dictated himself. The aims are what he was going to do. Prosperity and a future of Middle East but not in the terrorism. I felt that he was very well known as a politician who brought a lot in the life of our people and Israel people in the friendship of our two countries. On behalf of the president of Russia, Russian people, we bring condolences to the family of the murdered prime minister. We are bringing to, personally, Mr.[unintelligible] who is- we have convinced will bring old efforts to the regulation of Israeli and Arab people. Shalom.
ISRAELI FUNERAL TRANSLATOR: Ladies and gentleman, it is the feeling of profound grief over the tragic death of Yitzhak Rabin, prime minister of Israel, that has united us all and brought us here today. His brutal murder has shocked the entire civilized world, causing a response of pain in people's heart. The international community has suffered an enormous loss. The wide representation-
ISRAELI TELEVISION TRANSLATOR: In Russia, too, this just goes to show- Eduard Shevardnadze, former Prime Minister of the U.S.S.R., foreign minister, excuse me. Chernomyrdin-
BERNARD SHAW, Anchor: Quickly, we point out to our viewers that there are several things going on. There is an on sight events announcer. A second voice you're hearing is the Israeli TV commentator and a third voice you're hearing is that of the CNN translator, be it Hebrew, Russian or Spanish.
ISRAELI TELEVISION TRANSLATOR: -and Eastern Europe. [several voices crosstalk]
SAMUEL LEWIS, Former Ambassador to Israel:- the Egyptian president referred to Yitzhak Rabin as a holy hero of peace. And we heard King Hussein of Jordan call out to all of the Arab leaders and to the Israelis and say let our voices rise to speak of our commitment to peace.
BERNARD SHAW: Judy Woodruff is in Washington-
JUDY WOODRUFF, Correspondent: Bernie, we are here with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Sam Lewis, who has been remarking on the speeches and also Daniel Pipes, a Middle East analyst. Sam Lewis, some remarkable words we've heard spoken. King Hussein, President Mubarak-
SAMUEL LEWIS: King Hussein's speech in particular was extraordinarily moving and the reference he made to his grandfather who was assassinated in Jerusalem at El-Aksa Mosque and linking him together with Prime Minister Rabin's assassination is for an Arab leader an association that carries enormous power. His- Mubarak's speech, I thought, was sort of the minimal necessary, rather a statement of policy and kept a certain of emotional distance form the rest of this event.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Daniel Pipes, you commented that one of the last times Hussein- King Hussein was in Jerusalem was at the time of his grandfather's assassination.
DANIEL PIPES, Middle East Analyst: Actually that was quite a long time ago. That was in 1953. He was right by his father at the El-Aksa Mosque, a few miles away from where this ceremony's taking place. His grandfather was gunned down. He then came to Jerusalem a number of times before 1967, at which point he lost Jerusalem to the forces which were led, of course, by Yitzhak Rabin. He has not been back to Jerusalem for now 28 years. This marks the first time. So, Jerusalem has had an important role, symbolic role in King Hussein's life and of course, this is another symbolic milestone for him.
JUDY WOODRUFF: He seemed genuinely touched and moved-
DANIEL PIPES: It was a powerful eulogy-
JUDY WOODRUFF: -when he spoke.
SAMUEL LEWIS: It's important to remember that the and Prime Minister Rabin had met dozens of times secretly before they ever made peace formally a year ago and they became really very good friends. Peres was also in most of these meetings. Peres and Rabin both knew Hussein extremely well before they ever formally were able to meet on the White House lawn and the Ar Rava Valley and over the years, Rabin and Hussein in particular, I think, gained an enormous respect for each other as particular kinds of leaders.
JUDY WOODRUFF: We were listening to the remarks of Mr. Chevez, who was the former cabinet secretary to- or former director, I should say, of the Rabin cabinet. Very emotional, very emotional.
DANIEL PIPES: As remarks by Shimon Peres, moving, very moving.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Let's go back to Jerusalem.
ISRAELI TELEVISION TRANSLATOR: In the last 20 years was more with Rabin standing and weeping, though our cameras cannot locate him. He stands throughout and weeps.
ISRAELI FUNERAL TRANSLATOR: - Yitzhak Rabin's granddaughter.
NOA BEN ARTZI, Rabin's Granddaughter: [through interpreter] Pardon me that I don't want to speak about the peace but about my grandfather. We always wake up from a nightmare, but now I wake up to a nightmare. The television does not stop transmitting your pictures and you are so alive that I can almost touch you. Grandfather, you were the pillar of fire before the camp and now the camp is in darkness and sadness. I know that people speak in terms of national disaster, but how can you can console a whole nation when grandma does not stop weeping and we only feel the lack of you. Few knew you indeed, though many will speak of you and I feel that they know nothing of you and this is indeed a deep destruction. We the family that stayed behind in the camp without the pillar of fire, grandfather you were and still are our own private hero and I want you to know that everything I ever did for you and ever did was for you. Your appreciation and love has accompanied us at every step and pace and in all ways. You never neglected and here you have been neglected now. You are our hero, lone wolf. You're so wonderful. One's greater than I have eulogized you. But none knew the softness of your caress as I. For that half smile of yours that always said everything, the smile that is no longer there. There is no feeling of revenge in me for the pain does not allow the space. The ground which is being swept out from underneath us will be the base for our recovery. I am unable to complete what that miserable hand has completed for me and I ask of you that you rest in peace and know and think of us and miss us too. For we below remain constant in our love toward you and may the God of Israel that keeps over all us will keep you in the heavens as you merit. I am with you forever.
ISRAELI TELEVISION TRANSLATOR: Eitan Haber-
EITAN HABER, Director, Israeli Prime Minister's Office:[through interpreter] Yitzhak, it's up. This is the final speech. There will be no more. More than 35 years, you were my teacher, you were my guide. You were a leader and you were my father. Five minutes before this disgusting character gunned you down as you sang the Song of Peace, from a piece of paper. Yitzhak, you knew, you had a thousand attributes and a thousand advantages. You were a little of tune as you sang, but as always, you folded the paper in four equal parts and put it in your breast pocket. In the hospital, after the doctors and the nurses crying gave me the bit of paper from your breast pocket, it was gain folded, as always, in to four equal parts and I want to read several words from that paper, though it is difficult. Your blood, however, covers the words and your blood, which oozed from your body, has covered these words and angrily coarsed through the words and the lines and from this red paper, from the blood which cries out to you and to us, I wish to read the words, those last ones that you sang.
This is the paper. Let the sun rise and the morning light our ways and whomever has been extinguished will not return here. None of us will return from the pit. But only the rejoicing in the victory is ours and just sing a song of praise with a grand shout. We miss you Yitzhak.
BERNARD SHAW: Mr. Haber holding the paper containing the lyrics of the peace song that Mr. Rabin was singing along with his colleague, Shimon Peres at that massive peace rally just before the assassin did the awful active.
[Cantor Chants Kaddish in Hebrew]
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