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42nd President. Highly important typed letter signed “Bill Clinton” AS PRESIDENT, 7×10.5, November 21, 1994 on official White House stationery offering outstanding content & connection to Senator Paul Simon, in full:
I appreciated your letter about the kidnapping of Nachshon Wachsman; I share your anguish at this viscous crime.
Corporal Wachsman was a son of Israel and the United States. We made every effort, in conjunction with Israel, to bring about his safe return, and we made clear to Chairman Arafat the importance of pressing the Palestinian police to stop Hamas terror.
The enemies of peace who committed this crime were trying to block the emergence of a new Middle East, one based on peace and security for all. They struck at those who work for peace as surely as they targetted an innocent Israeli soldier. As I wrote to Mr. and Mrs. Wachsman earlier, their son will not be forgotten, and we will not allow those responsible for his death to succeed.
Choice example featuring extraordinary content regarding Middle East, as significant today as it was then.
Of note, President Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the White House on the same day this letter was sent.
The kidnapping and murder of Nachshon Wachsman was an incident in which Palestinian Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman from the Bnai Atarot junction in central Israel, and held him hostage for 6 days. The incident ended, on October 14, 1994, in a failed Israeli rescue attempt, during which Wachsman was killed by his captors. Three of his captors and an Israeli officer were also killed.