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ASSASSINATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST : Voices

“The world has lost one of its greatest men, a warrior for his nation’s freedom and now a martyr for his nation’s peace.”

-- President Clinton

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“I acted alone on God’s orders, and I have no regrets.”

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-- Accused assassin Yigal Amir to police investigators, as quoted on Israel Radio

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“I am very sad and very shocked for this awful and terrible crime against one of the brave leaders of Israel and the peacemakers.”

-- Yasser Arafat

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“History will record Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as one of the towering figures of the century. The world has lost a leader and a statesman, Israel has lost one of its finest sons and we have lost a strong and true friend of the United States.”

-- Secretary of State Warren Christopher

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“Egypt condemns this criminal act . . . and asserts that achieving a just and comprehensive peace is a mission that only brave men can take upon themselves. Many principled men have fallen along the path toward achieving it, sacrificing their lives for the sake of their people.”

-- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

“The perpetrator of this act, and any who conspired with him, must be brought to justice.”

-- Tommy P. Baer, president of B’nai B’rith International

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