November 3rd, 2015 14:55 EST
UN Marks 20th Anniversary of the Assassination of Israel`s Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin
On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israel`s Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today offered his deepest sympathies to the citizens of the State of Israel as they commemorate the life of a heroic man of peace. "
Prime Minister Rabin dedicated his life to the security of his homeland, " said a statement issued by Mr. Ban`s spokesperson.
He died after courageously seizing on the need and the opportunity to embark on serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians, recognizing that, as he said, "you don`t make peace with friends; you can only make peace with your enemies,` " the statement continued, further noting that Mr. Rabin was vilified by many for that move, and then murdered by an opponent of the peace process just when it was at a moment of historic breakthrough. "
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General noted that in the years since, terrorism, expanding settlements and halting progress in implementing Israeli-Palestinian agreements have repeatedly shattered hopes. "
Today, the voices of the majority who support peace and oppose violence are being drowned out by inflammatory rhetoric and shocking actions by extremists on all sides, " Mr. Ban warned.
He urged all parties to stand firmly against violence and incitement, and to be guided by Prime Minister Rabin`s realization that the path to true security and strength is through dialogue and compromise. "
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