You will forgive me, for I do not want to talk about peace. I want to talk about my grandfather. One always wakes up from a nightmare. But since yesterday, I have only awakened to a nightmare--the nightmare of life without you, and this I cannot bear. The television does not stop showing your picture; you are so alive and tangible that I can almost touch you, but it is only "almost" because already I cannot.
Grandfather, you were the pillar of fire before the camp and now we are left as only the camp, alone, in the dark, and it is so cold and sad for us. I know we are talking in terms of a national tragedy, but how can you try to comfort an entire people or include them in your personal pain, when Grandmother does not stop crying, and we are mute, feeling the enormous void that is left only by your absence?
Few truly knew you. They can still talk a lot about you, but I feel that they know nothing about the depth of the pain, the disaster and, yes, this holocaust, for us, the family and the friends, who are left only as the camp, without you, our pillar of fire.
Grandfather, you were, and still are, our hero. I want you know that in all I have ever done, I have always seen you before my eyes. Your esteem and love accompanied us in every step and on every path, and we lived in the light of your values. You never abandoned us, and now they have abandoned you, my eternal hero--cold and lonely--and I can do nothing to save you, you who are so wonderful.
People greater than I have already eulogized you, but none of them was fortunate like myself [to feel] the caress of your warm, soft hands and the warm embrace that was just for us, or your half-smiles which will always say so much, the same smile that is no more, and froze with you. I have no feelings of revenge because my pain and loss are so big, too big. The ground has slipped away from under our feet, and we are trying, somehow, to sit in this empty space that has been left behind, in the meantime, without any particular success. I am incapable of finishing, but it appears that a strange hand, a miserable person, has already finished for me. Having no choice, I part from you, a hero, and ask that you rest in peace, that you think about us and miss us, because we here, down below, love you so much.
To the angels of heaven that are accompanying you now, I ask that they watch over you, that they guard you well, because you deserve such a guard. We will love you Grandfather, always.
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Yitzhak Rabin's Life History
- From the Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation
Seeds of Peace
- MY HERO honors John Wallach and Seeds of Peace for their efforts to bring children from the Middle East together to have fun and learn to respect one another.
- article on Noa Ben-Artzi
These were the last public statements made by Yitzhak Rabin before his death. They were made at a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995.
YITZHAK RABIN: 1922-1995
Permit me to say that I am deeply moved. I wish to thank
each and every one of you, who have come here today to
take a stand against violence and for peace. This
government, which I am privileged to head, together with
my friend Shimon Peres, decided to give peace a chance -- a
peace that will solve most of Israel's problems.
I was a military man for 27 years. I fought so long as there
was no chance for peace. I believe that there is now a
chance for peace, a great chance. We must take advantage of
it for the sake of those standing here, and for those who are
not here -- and they are many.
I have always believed that the majority of the people want
peace and are ready to take risks for peace. In coming here
today, you demonstrate, together with many others who
did not come, that the people truly desire peace and oppose
violence. Violence erodes the basis of Israeli democracy. It
must be condemned and isolated. This is not the way of the
State of Israel. In a democracy there can be differences, but
the final decision will be taken in democratic elections, as the
1992 elections which gave us the mandate to do what we
are doing, and to continue on this course.
I want to say that I am proud of the fact that
representatives of the countries with whom we are living in
peace are present with us here, and will continue to be
here: Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, which opened the road to
peace for us. I want to thank the President of Egypt, the
King of Jordan, and the King of Morocco, represented here
today, for their partnership with us in our march towards
But, more than anything, in the more than three years of
this Government's existence, the Israeli people has proven
that it is possible to make peace, that peace opens the door
to a better economy and society; that peace is not just a
prayer. Peace is first of all in our prayers, but it is also the
aspiration of the Jewish people, a genuine aspiration for
There are enemies of peace who are trying to hurt us, in
order to torpedo the peace process. I want to say bluntly,
that we have found a partner for peace among the
Palestinians as well: the PLO, which was an enemy, and has
ceased to engage in terrorism. Without partners for peace,
there can be no peace. We will demand that they do their
part for peace, just as we will do our part for peace, in order
to solve the most complicated, prolonged, and emotionally
charged aspect of the Israeli-Arab conflict: the
This is a course which is fraught with difficulties and pain.
For Israel, there is no path that is without pain. But the
path of peace is preferable to the path of war. I say this to
you as one who was a military man, someone who is today
Minister of Defense and sees the pain of the families of the
IDF soldiers. For them, for our children, in my case for our
grandchildren, I want this government to exhaust every