Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Commemorating Yitzhak Rabin

[14 November, 2005]

Hon. Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre, Lib.): [ Neville.A@parl.gc.ca ] “Madam Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the assassination of the former Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

“The first native born Israeli prime minister, he was a general who waged both war and peace. Not only was he a military leader, he was also a diplomat, a statesman and a politician.

“A consummate tactician, he had a leadership style that was said to be both candid and direct. His was a career that was marked by both successes and challenges, always focused on ensuring the security of the state of Israel. He was gunned down by an extremist at a peace rally on November 4, 1995, and he was cited by president Clinton at the time as a martyr for peace.

“Mr. Rabin believed that peace was a prerequisite for the building and viability of the Jewish state. His legacy which was articulated in his memoirs and reiterated that fateful night was, ‘There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the risks of peace are preferred by far than the grim certainty that awaits every nation in war’.

“May his words have meaning today.”