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October 26, 2015 3:35 pm

Bill Clinton Recalls News of Rabin Assassination: ‘I Felt Sick’

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Former President Bill Clinton, on Israeli Channel 2 News.

Former President Bill Clinton, on Israeli Channel 2 News. Photo: Screenshot.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton recalled on Monday the dizzying moments he experienced upon receiving the news that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been shot in Tel Aviv.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination, Clinton told seasoned journalist Ilana Dayan, “The first thing that went through my mind when I was told he was shot, I ran upstairs to see my wife, and we literally just sat there and held each other for like 20 minutes. And I was distraught and I said I just can’t sit still anymore.”

Clinton continued, “I went back to my office, and I told my staff, just leave me alone until I know what happened. And then my [national] security adviser then, Tony Lake, opened the door of the Oval Office to walk down to me, and the minute he opened the door I knew that [Rabin] was dead. I could tell by how slumped Tony’s shoulders were. He never even had to turn around. And, my first thoughts were not even for the peace process, they were just for my friend, I just felt sick. And then immediately, I thought this could end all of his dreams.”

Clinton also told Dayan he thought the Israelis and Palestinians were within just a few months of a peace deal at the time of Rabin’s assassination. And he recollected a tense disagreement between PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Rabin, just as the media had arrived for the public signing of the Oslo Accords.

Dayan said the president underlined a “loving friendship” between himself and Rabin that ultimately helped resolve the situation.

The interview was aired less than a week before Clinton is scheduled to address a mass commemoration at the Tel Aviv square where Rabin was assassinated and that now bears his name.

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    America is a backslidden Nation and so finds it difficult to stand as America God’s own country.
    Let us pray that God will put in place a president that will do His will,that will continue to stand with Isreal in her stuggle.The heart of man is desperately wicked who can know except God.Lets rely on Him.

  • mitchell

    Atila, Doc, Ephraim, Donna and Jonah.

    Im not surprised when I read stupid, rude comments in the comments section. Since the writers arent too smart or articulate, they would never make it into serious publications, or if the comment section was monitored. You guys all fit the bill. Not one smart comment from 5 of you.

    I can only hope you arent Jewish, but I fear our people have as many idiots as other cultures and religions.

    Please crawl back under your rocks now.

    • You Mitchell, are the ignorant one. The Clintons are NOT trustworthy.
      That is obvious to all but those on the left

  • Atilla

    How do you know when a Clinton is lying ?

    It’s lips are moving.

    This speel from the vermin who , by attacking the Serbs during the Balkan war, allowed the formation of an extremist muz slime state.

  • DocReality

    Q: Do the Clintons ever tell the truth?
    A: No. Sociopaths frequently lie and are
    incapable of experiencing any form of empathy.

  • Ephraim

    Unfortunately, the monster who now occupies your office, Mr. President, could only have such a friendship with a jihadist, certainly not a Jew.

  • Donna Baker

    I don’t believe a single word from this liar.

  • Jonah

    If he is talking from the heart and means what he says I commemorate the man. Personally I think he is trying to make it appear he is reaching out to the Jewish people, his motive, pimping for the liberal Jewish vote. His wife is a snake and cannot be trusted. They need the financing of the liberal Jews and if things in America continue as they are Will it be open season on Jews if Hillary gets elected? It would be as if you put Farrakan on steroids if she gets in office, the Arab world will kick into an An antisemitic frenzy worldwide. Much different if Trump gets elected.