"A JUST LEADER"

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"Yitzhak Rabin lived a history of Israel, through every trial and triumph, the struggle for independence, the wars for survival, the pursuit of peace and all he served on the front lines," President Clinton told mourners at Rabin's funeral today. "Legend has it that in every generation of Jews from time immemorial a just leader emerged to protect his people and show them the way to safety. Prime Minister Rabin was such a leader. He knew as he declared to the world on the White House lawn two years ago that the time had come, in his words, to begin a new reckoning in the relations between people, between parents tired of war, between children who will not know war. Here in Jerusalem I believe with perfect faith that he was leading his people to that promised land." Clinton led a U.S. delegation of about 100 mourners, including former presidents Carter and Bush. Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary William Perry, former Secretaries of State Cyrus Vance and George Shultz and the leaders of Congress -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich, House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle -- also attended the funeral.