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Not In Vain

The legacy of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will be honored by the establishment of a new multidisciplinary center in Tel-Aviv aimed at furthering the pursuit of peace, democracy and tolerance.

Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof, Rabin's granddaughter, told CBS This Morning's Thailia Assuras that the new center would serve to memorialize the fallen leader -- an architect of Israel's historic peace accords with Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization - through lectures, joint research with Palestinians and "everything we can do."

Rabin, a Nobel peace laureate, was shot at close range on November 4, 1995 by an ultranationalist Jew opposed to his peace police policies. It was the first time an Israeli prime minister was assassinated and hundreds of leaders - including former enemies -- congregated in Jerusalem for his funeral.

Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof
Ben Artzi-Pelossof said Rabin's assassination was especially difficult because she had lost a leader as well as a grandfather.

"When you lose a person who is so close to you and in a matter of family, and state, and as a leader and as a grandfather -- so actually, you lose everything," she said.

Ben-Artzi Pelossof was thrust onto the international stage at age 18 when she delvered a powerful eulogy at her grandfather's funeral that moved some of the world leaders present to tears.

"Grandfather, you were our hero," she said at the funeral. "I wanted you to know that always whatever I did, I saw you before my eyes. Your love and your faith followed us on each path in our life."

Only months after his death, Rabin's successor and peace co-architect, Shimon Peres, was defeated in a special election by right-wing challenger Benjamin Netanyahu. Peace moves have moved much more slowly under his rule and have been stalled in a run-up to new parliamentary elections scheduled for May 17.

Polls say Netanyahu is currently running neck-in-neck with a protégé of Rabin's, former army chief of staff Ehud Barak.

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