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Hillary Clinton Speaks at Funeral for Leah Rabin

Aired November 15, 2000 - 8:25 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Israelis are mourning the death of Leah Rabin. The wife of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin died on Sunday after a private struggle with cancer. Hundreds turned out for a memorial in Tel Aviv earlier, and world dignitaries are waiting for the funeral to get under way at this hour in Jerusalem.

And you are looking at first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the funeral at the Mount of Olives.

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SEN.-ELECT HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-NY), U.S. FIRST LADY: ... Israeli people. Now these two partners in love and peace will lie side-by-side again for all eternity. And it was here that my husband bent down and placed a stone from the grounds of the Wye River plantation on the prime minister's gravestone. He promised his friend he would never give up on peace and security for Israel.

Today I wear a pin that Leah gave me on one of her visits to the White House, which embodies that same promise from the American people, that we will always stand by Israel, especially in difficult times like these.

It is a great testament to this woman that even when she faced tremendous personal tragedies, she was still the one that many turned to for strength. All of us would have understood if she had turned away, if she had said: Enough. But she never did. No assassin's bullet could take away her uncommon courage, no disease could stop her from working tirelessly in Israel and around world to keep her husband's flame alive.

LIN: Leah Rabin died at the age of 72.

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