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November 7, 2005
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Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination dealt a blow to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, Bill Clinton said. Clinton, who as U.S. president oversaw Rabin’s signing of the Oslo peace accords with the late Yasser Arafat, presided over the decline of the peace process at the Camp David Summit and the beginning of the Palestinian intifada. He said the current violence could have been avoided had the Israeli prime minister not been killed in 1995.

Kofi Annan postponed a trip to Iran after its president called for Israel’s destruction. The U.N. secretary-general, who was to visit Iran on a trip through the Middle East next week, postponed the visit after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Oct. 26 to “wipe Israel off the map.”

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