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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 6, 1995 - 7A


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World's I
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More than 40 world leaders, from
rnerican and European presidents to
rab kings, will attend the funeral of
ratli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at
risalem's Mount Herzl cemetery to-
,For President Clinton, he will bid
urewell to the man he called "my part-
er and my friend."
The President was on the edge of
:ars Saturday when he stood in the
.ose Garden and said, "Goodbye,
Clinton said, "Peace must be and
eace will be Prime Minister Rabin's
lsting legacy."
According to Jewish tradition, burial
iould take place by the next sunset,
ut the prime minister's funeral was
elayed a day to allow world leaders to

eaders to bid Rabin farewell

would not attend today's funeral, out of
security concerns. He was likely dis-
couraged by Israel from joining the
mourners, for fear his presence, still
highly controversial in Israel, would set
off protests.
Arafat looked visibly shaken when
he expressed the
hope that "the Israe-
lis and the Palestin-
ians have the abilitym
to overcome this
tragedy against the
peace process and
the whole situation
in the Middle East."
Rabin and Arafat
were blood enemiesi
through theyearsthat
the Israeli served his Arafat'
country as a military leader and Arafat
worked for Israel's destruction.
They met for the first time at the
White House in September 1993 when
they signed the peace agreement be-
tween Israel and the PLO.

Egypt condemns
Like other moderate Arab states, the
government of Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak moved swiftly to con-
demn the assassination, interrupting
state-run television Saturday night with
a statement of condolence to Rabin's
family and assurances that peace nego-
tiations would continue.
Mubarak will attend the funeral,
Egyptian officials said last night.
Mubarak has not visited Israel since
becoming president in 1981, and his
decision to do so is sure to be controver-
sial, given the continuing hostility of
many Egyptians toward Israel.
Libya, Iran praise
Rabin's death
There were no surprises in the reac-
tion of radical Middle East states such
as Libya and Iran, both of which have
long condemned the peace process and


the man remembered by Iran's official
news agency as "an ardent advocate of
state terrorism."
Predictably, that view was echoed
by extremists elsewhere in the Arab
world. In the southern suburbs of
Beirut and in southern Lebanon, sup-
porters of the Iranian-backed Party of
God fired guns into the air to cel-
ebrate Rabin's death.
Libya's official news agency wel-
comed the assassination of "the terror-
ist Rabin," adding, "His hands are
stained with the blood of the martyrs of
this people who gave their life in the
liberation of Palestine."
Security broke down
No country puts more emphasis on
security than Israel. The Shin Bet secret
service built an enviable reputation for
protecting its leaders and preventing
terrorist attacks.
Security broke down, however, when
bodyguards apparently mistook a young
law student for a VIP driver and let him
get close enough to shoot Rabin with a
9mm Beretta. Questions are also being
asked about why Rabin was not wear-
ing a bulletproof vest.
Continued from Page 1A
that wants to see the peace process dead.
Those people are not killers, of course,
and most did not direct their rage di-
rectly at Rabin. But many will stand
fast in their opposition after the funeral
and mourning periods have passed.
The most radical of these people are
Jewish settlers and their allies who still
believe the occupied West. Bank that
they call Judea and Samaria belongs to
Jews alone. They do not want to give up
land to the Palestinians whom they have
been fighting for decades, as the peace
accord requires them to do. They be-
lieve Palestinians - or all Arabs - are
not to be trusted.
It is possible that Peres and the Labor
Party can overcome this extreme opposi-
tion. The huge rally that was Rabin's last
showed astrong core of support forpeace.
But they still must win over other
Israelis who feel that their No. I con-
cern - security - is not being ad-
dressed enough by the Rabin-Arafat
accord. Some ofthese people only hesi-
tatingly supported Rabin.
Palestinian political analysts fear that
Israel will be so consumed by its inter-
nal politics and quest for stability in the
coming months that the peace process
will be frozen.

Israeli protesters bum a Palestinian flag next to a caricature of Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin dressed as an Arab outside of his residence In May 1994,
protesting the recently signed peace agreement with the Palestinians. Thousands
of protesters gathered outside his residence calling for Rabin's resignation. Signs
at the demonstration read, "There is a mandate for murder," referring to the peace

Continued from Page IA
may" at the incident.
"It was compounded double when I
found out it was done by another Jew,"
Spilman said.
Anthony Scaglione, an LSA junior
and co-leader of Hillel's Reform
Chavurah, said, "The last time Jew
fought against Jew was 2,000 years
ago. The result was the splintering and
dispersion of the Jewish people."
Mike Newman, an SNRE senior and
group leader of the Progressive Jewish
Committee, spoke of the explosiveness
of the situation.
"I was thankful that it wasn't an Arab
(who was assassinated)," Newman said.
"The region would have gone up in
flames, literally and figuratively. Ifthere
was any positive to be taken from the
event, that was it."
A vigil in memory of Rabin and in
honor ofpeaceis scheduled for9 o'clock
tonight on the Diag. Several groups at
Hillel are sponsoring the vigil.
"We are hoping that all people, Mus-
lims, Christians and Jews, will partici-
pate," Spilman said.
Local Arab students said they, too,
were truly shocked.
Rasha Stino, a Rackham, graduate
student, said she was saddened by the

incident. "Any act of violence is unfor-
tunate," she said. "I hope it will act as a
catalyst in motivating people to bring
about peace."~
A member of the Muslim Students'
Association, Stino added that Rabin
was "a respected leader. I think all
people, regardless of race, ethnicity and
religion, respect an individual who
strives in the cause of peace."
Political science Prof. Kenneth
Organski predicted a continuation of
efforts for peace.
"I think there will be a continuation
of what has happened in the past in the
attempts to come to a solution of the
Palestinian problem," he said.
Organski gave credit to Israeli and
Arab leaders who had help from the
United States. "The so-called 'Pax
Americana' makes all of these thing
possible. What Rabin and Peres had
done would not have been possible had
not the United States involved itself in
the area as it did in the Gulf War."
The professor said he did not think
the change of leadership would hinder
the process, as Peres had been involved
in the negotiations throughout.
"Peres is a very capable man," he said,
noting that during theirjoint efforts Rabin
kept Israel itself in line, while Peres de-
veloped negotiations. "Peres has the con-
fidence of the interlocutors of the PLO
and is in an excellent position."


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