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Kerry at the Rabin Memorial: “Peace is possible”

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Marking 18 years since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Rabin Memorial. “We will continue to work towards peace,” he explained, with Dalia Rabin and the mayor of Tel Aviv at his side. Rabin’s daughter stated: “The way of my father is the only way.”

by Rivka Salomon

Dalia Rabin, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, the American Ambassador to Israel, and other officials arrived last night together with US Secretary of State John Kerry to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Memorial in Tel Aviv.    It is located at the site where the late Prime Minister was assassinated.

“We will continue to work for peace.  I promise that America will stand with Israel all along,” Kerry stated.  “It is important to reach a peace agreement to maintain Israel’s security and we believe that every thing is possible.”

Kerry referred to the work of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, stating that he is remembered as a “great man, leader, and soldier.  Moments before he was murdered, he stood here with Israeli President Peres and they sang the ‘Song of Peace.’  18 years later, we need to hear voices sing it today.”

Dalia Rabin told Kerry that the Israeli people want peace.  “He was murdered because he wanted to achieve peace,” she explained and expressed appreciation to Kerry for visiting the memorial.  “We believe that the way of my father is the only way—perhaps he was ahead of his time,” she noted.  “18 years is a long enough time to make peace with the Palestinians.  We keep our fingers crossed!”

Kerry laid a wreath at the monument, while Israeli bereaved families booed him. They chanted slogans such as “No to releasing terrorists and no to releasing murderers,” “Come and talk with the families of the victims of terrorism,” and, “Our blood is not cheap.”  Lizi Hameiri, one of the participants in the protest, told Arutz Sheva, “Kerry refused to meet with representatives of the bereaved families, while he pushes for the release of those who murdered their loved ones. Kerry ignored us, even as he left. So we just booed him.”

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