Mr. Speaker, humanity has lost a peacemaker of extraordinary courage. Israel has lost a leader of extraordinary devotion. Mrs. Rabin and her family have lost a husband, father, and grandfather.
On behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada, I wish to pay tribute to Yitzhak Rabin.
A man of great bravery was struck down by an act of cowardice. Through their prayers all Canadians are with Mr. Rabin's family and the people of Israel. Let us hope that these prayers will bring peace to the souls of all of us who are mourning today.
Prime Minister Rabin dedicated and finally gave his life to the service of his country and his people. As a soldier and war hero, Yitzhak Rabin fought for the survival of Israel.
As Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin pursued a future of peace and prosperity for Israelis and for all people in the Middle East. The pursuit of peace became Yitzhak Rabin's mission.
When Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated on Saturday, he had just spoken with a great sense of joy and accomplishment. What he accomplished is truly remarkable. Will any of us ever forget when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands-a simple act of reconciliation, a profound act of destiny.
As Prime Minister Rabin said, "Our land of milk and honey has flowed with blood and tears for too long. Enough, enough." With incredible dignity and enthusiasm, Yitzhak Rabin has allowed the world to dream of the day when Israel will be at peace with all of its neighbours.
The history of Israel stretches back to the beginnings of humanity. In that struggle, we have witnessed both the barbaric acts in the history of humanity and some of the most noble aspirations of which we are capable as human beings. Prime Minister Rabin died pushing all of us to speak and to act for the better side of human nature.
The death of Prime Minister Rabin should be an inspiration to us to let our thoughts, words and actions reflect the best in our human nature. As we emphatically reject the act of cowardice that took his life away, we also have an obligation to embrace the cause to which Yitzhak Rabin was dedicated.
As we act today, let us remember the history of time as Yitzhak Rabin understood that history. Let us reflect Prime Minister Rabin's understanding that it is up to us as individual human beings to shape the forces of destiny.
As we grieve for the man, let us pursue his dream. As we pay tribute to Prime Minister Rabin with our words, let us pay tribute to him with our actions.
Canadians continue to extend the hand of friendship to the people of Israel. We shed our tears of condolence for Mrs. Rabin and her family and we pay honour to Yitzahk Rabin for the nobility of his spirit and his actions.
Shalom, Yitzahk Rabin. Shalom, Israel.