Bill Clinton in Israel: There Would Be Peace if Rabin Were Still Alive


arafat-rabin-clintonFormer President Bill Clinton said today that if former Israeli prime minister Yitzchak Rabin were still alive, a peace accord would have been reached between Israel and all of its neighbors. 

“In the last 14 years, not a single week has gone by that I did not think of Yitzchak Rabin and miss him terribly,” Clinton told a VIP gathering at the Yitzchak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

“Nor has a single week gone by in which I have not reaffirmed my conviction that had he not lost his life on that terrible November night, within three years we would have had a comprehensive agreement for peace in the Middle East.”

The center is a memorial to the former prime minister, who was gunned down in November 1995.

Clinton’s own emotional last words to Rabin at his funeral – Shalom chaver – have been seared into the Israeli collective consciousness.

Clinton, whose energetic efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed, also urged both sides to end their decades-old conflict, saying they cannot escape their common future.

“We are either going to hurt each other or we are going to help each other,” he said of the two foes. “Divorce is not an option.”

While president, Clinton had a close personal involvement in Middle East peacemaking. He presided over the signing of the first agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in 1993, and seven years later, he brought the two sides closer than ever before to a final deal.

But talks broke down in late 2000, and soon after, tensions ignited into years of deadly fighting.

The former U.S. president remains extremely popular in Israel, however, because he is perceived as being a genuine friend.

{Yair Israel/Agencies}


  1. Stupid statement from a stupid man. As if the arabs would ever allow peace. How well he can delude himself that he could have made a difference, if only…

  2. A peace accord might have been signed… But peace?!?!?!oseh shalom bimromom who yasseh shalom alaynu vi al kol yisrael vi imrue amen. Notice, who yasseh shalom, only hashem can make peace. Sorry Clinton…

  3. Sure. If you spell “peace” P-I-E-C-E. Pieces of Jewish bodies flying in the air and our land being cut into pieces salami-style.