Message from US President Clinton to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Following is the text of the message of the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The message was delivered by Secretary of State Warren Christopher during his visit to Israel during the first week of December.

The White House
Washington
December 2, 1993

His Excellency
Yitzhak Rabin
Prime Minister of Israel

Dear Yitzhak:

I want to take the opportunity of Secretary Christopher’s visit to express my deep satisfaction with the talks we held at the White House.

You have my sincere admiration and respect for the courage and leadership you continue to demonstrate in the cause of peace. I want you to know that I understand the challenges you and the people of Israel face as you move forward. The recent violence and the tragic deaths reinforce the need to continue progress towards a truly comprehensive and lasting peace in the region. We cannot allow the enemies of peace to thwart this noble effort to achieve lasting security for the people of Israel.

Yitzhak, I know such a peace entails great uncertainties. I promised you when we first met that as Israel took risks for peace, the United States would be there to minimize those risks. During your last visit, I reiterated my commitment to maintain and enhance Israel’s security and qualitative edge.

I am pleased to inform you of the concrete steps we are now taking to signal our support at this critical point in the peace process:

– I am committed to work with the Congress to maintain current levels of economic and security assistance to Israel.

In addition to these measures, I can assure you that we will continue to work closely with your government regarding the other security issues which were discussed during your Washington visit.

I look forward to hearing the results of your conversation with Chris. With warmest regards and best wishes,

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton