Statement of Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., at the Peace Now Memorial for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 8 November 1995:

I am honored to be joining you tonight at this solemn memorial for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. I have been asked by the leader of the Palestinian people, Mr. Yasser Arafat, to convey his condolences and sympathy on the tragic and untimely death of Prime Minister Rabin. Mr. Arafat would have liked to pay his respects to the late Prime Minister in person. However, since he could not do so, he did convey his feelings through messages sent to Mrs. Leah Rabin, President Ezer Weizman and Acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Mr. Rabin's assassination at the hands of a violent extremist opposed to Israel's efforts to find peace with the Palestinian people is a most regrettable incident, which must be addressed with all seriousness. During this period of reflection tonight, I do believe that it is worthy to note that a significant sign of Mr. Rabin's dedication to the pursuit of peace was his participation, on his last evening, in a rally held in support of the peace process by Peace Now, a long-time and consistent proponent of peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples and in the Middle East as a whole.

As we gather here this evening in memorial to Yitzhak Rabin, we must resolve to channel all our efforts and determination to support the peace process and follow the course that he, along with others, charted so that we may remain true to the path of peace until it is fully realized in all its glory.