Yitzhak Rabin, at the signing of the Israel-Palestinian Declaration of Principles (September 13, 1993)
Let me say to you, the Palestinians: We are destined to live together, on the same soil in the same land. We, the soldiers who have returned from battle stained with blood, we who have seen our relatives and friends killed before our eyes, we who have attended their funerals and cannot look into the eyes of their parents, we who have come from a land where parents bury their children, we who have fought against you, the Palestinians-we say to you today in a loud and clear voice: Enough of blood and tears. Enough.

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What sort of courage did it take for Rabin to say this? What was he


2. Looking back, do you think Rabin was right to pursue peace this way? Why or why not?

3. Would you recommend a similar approach by Israel’s leaders today?

Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)