Enough. Give Peace a Chance

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Laureate.

With his murder, the progress toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians was set back severely. President Clinton has said that had Rabin lived, a real peace would have been achieved within three years.

So the murderer, and all those who supported him, set back peace by at least twelve years. Twelve years of suffering by Palestinians, twelve years of terrorism aimed at Israel, twelve years of wall- and settlement-building, twelve years of children growing up in violence (and thus often perpetuating it).

Rabin’s words, spoken in 1993 at the White House–with Yassir Arafat at his side–to the Palestinian people, say it better than anything I can write:

Enough of blood and tears. Enough. We have no desire for revenge. We harbor no hatred toward you. We, like you, are people — people who want to build a home, to plant a tree, to love, to live side by side with you in dignity, in empathy, as human beings, as free men. We are today giving peace a chance, and saying again to you, enough. Let us pray that a day will come when we all will say, ‘Farewell to the arms.’

Let us pray for peace now, fifteen years later. Let us not waste any more time, or lives, or children.