Baker Institute Extends Sympathy to Rabin Family Israelis

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794 BAKER INSTITUTE EXTENDS SYMPATHY TO RABIN FAMILY, ISRAELISThe James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University extends its sympathy to the Rabin family and the people of Israel on the occasion of the assassination ofPrime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rarely has one man meant so much to a country and to the cause of peace. Rabin’s efforts to promote peace between Israelis and Arabs were truly historic. All parties to the negotiations-Israelis, Arabs and Americans-must make Rabin’s dream of a just and lastingpeace their guiding light in the difficult weeks and months ahead. Former Secretary of State Baker, who worked to bring about face- to-face Arab-Israeli peace talks, describes Rabin’s death as a tragedy. “This is a great loss for Israel, a great loss for peace and, of course, a great loss to me personally because I have lost a goodfriend,” Baker said. “To know Rabin was to understand the meaning ofheroism. His death is a chilling reminder of how important it is forall parties to press forward on the peace process. It provesconclusively that the conflict today is not between Israelis andArabs but between peacemakers and those who are consumed by hate.Only complete and lasting peace can serve as a fitting legacy for aleader of Rabin’s stature.” Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, echoed Baker’s sentiments.”Rabin was a unique individual, a soldier statesman who foughtfor Israel in war and peace. He was also a true friend of the UnitedStates,” Djerejian said. “We are all diminished by his loss. But weshould also be inspired by his great example, his extraordinaryaccomplishments and his powerful vision of peace. It is now up to usto make that vision a reality.” ### AddThislast_img read more