200,000 gather to remember Rabin

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday in memory of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister assassinated 10 years ago.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was greeted with cheers as he addressed the estimated 200,000 who gathered Saturday in the Tel Aviv square where a gunman took the Israeli leader's life on Nov. 4, 1995.


Clinton, who helped bring about the famous handshake between Rabin and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat that ushered in the Oslo interim peace accords, paid emotional tribute to the fallen leader, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He told the crowd, "I loved him very much."

Amir Peretz, who unexpectedly toppled elder statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday as leader of Rabin's left-leaning Labor Party, said he had considered Rabin his mentor and friend. "Your voice rolled like thunder, until the thunder of the murderer's bullets," he said.

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