Two weeks ago, President Rabin came to lunch at TIME during his visit to New York City for the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. He had frequently met with TIME editors, but on what was to be our last encounter, his mood seemed especially reflective. Some of his comments:

On why peace talks began when they did: In 1977 very few of us believed that in our life we'd see a real possibility of peace. It started with President Sadat of Egypt. Allow me to say that I don't believe President Sadat--or any Arab leader with whom we have been engaged in peace--woke...

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