Yitzchak Rabin – Why I shook Arafat’s hand


On Sept. 28, 1995, on the White House lawn, the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a peace agreement, turned to each other, smiled and shook hands.

In this ceremony, after nearly three decades of Israeli occupation and a century-old conflict over Palestinian self-rule, Rabin had agreed to withdraw from the West Bank, and turn over control over most of the West Bank to the Palestinians and to their leader Yasser Arafat, the master terrorist.

As it turned out, Yasser Arafat was not really interested in peace with Israel and few years later launched a massive terror attack from the West Bank on Israeli cities. Hundreds of innocent Israelis were murdered and injured in those suicide terror attacks.

In this speech, shortly after the agreement was signed, long before the agreement collapsed, Rabin explains why he took the chance and signed the peace agreement.



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