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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 8, 1995, V3, #203
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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"As Prime Minister Rabin did with some of his last words on Earth,
we too must sing a song of peace. We must shout it with resolve
and with conviction -- in one steady voice, that the enemies of
peace will not deter us from his cause. They will not undo the
noble work of our friend Yitzhak Rabin."
Vice President Al Gore
Eulogy by Noa Ben-Artzi Filosof for Her Saba
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
it in your personal pain, when grandmother does not stop crying,
and we are mute, feeling the enormous void that is left only by
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 -- at least 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 to 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 -- 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.
Mrs. Rabin and Mrs. Sadat: A Conversation
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Among the Arab officials at the Yitzhak Rabin funeral in Jerusalem
was Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who himself took office after
an assassination. Tuesday, the widow of Mubarak's murdered
predecessor spoke by telephone to Rabin's widow, Leah, to offer her
condolences and support.
This was the first time Mubarak had visited Israel since becoming
Egypt's president following the assassination in 1981 of Anwar
Sadat by Islamic militants. Mubarak also has been the target of
several assassination attempts.
It was Sadat who signed the first peace treaty between Israel and
an Arab state. Just after winning the Israeli elections in 1992,
Rabin visited Sadat's tomb in Cairo.
The two men have shared a similar fate -- both assassinated at a
public function by religious extremists opposed to the peace
The day after Rabin's funeral, Israel's army radio station
contacted Jehan Sadat, the widow of the slain Egyptian president,
who now lives in the US.
Mrs. Sadat told interviewer Yael Dan that, although she had written
to Mrs. Rabin, she did not want to call her just yet, fearing she
would be disturbing her at this difficult time. "Because I know at
the time when I lost my husband and how many telephones I had to
answer, and it was so hard even to talk."
But Jehan Sadat welcomed the chance to talk to Leah Rabin, with
the radio interviewer making the connection. "My heart goes to you,
Leah, these days. I know the pain and the grief you are going
through, Leah. But you are such a strong person, who always stood
beside her husband. I wish you will be as strong as you are
Mrs. Rabin and Mrs. Sadat have often met in the past. Mrs. Rabin
admitted that during the funeral she was thinking of Jehan Sadat.
Mrs. Rabin told Jehan Sadat about the Israeli children and young
people who have been filling the streets throughout the country
to sing peace songs and light memorial candles for her husband.
Mrs. Sadat said she believes that their husbands left a legacy
that will never die.
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