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The world reacts to Israel's tragedy // Most of its people unite in mourning

The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shocked and outraged many across the United States and the world.

"The world has lost one of its greatest men, a warrior for his nation's freedom and now a martyr for his nation's peace," President Clinton said in Washington.

Standing in the Rose Garden, Clinton's voice choked with emotion.

"I admired him and I loved him very much."

The flag flying above the White House was lowered to half-staff.

Not far from away, in front of the Israeli Embassy, a half-dozen people gathered.

Some lit candles. Others left white flowers at the embassy's door.

Elizheva Barkay, an Israeli who attends the University of Maryland, found it difficult to speak of Rabin in the past tense.

"I miss my home very much now," said Barkay, 29. "I wanted to be somewhere near it while my heart was breaking. This was as close as I could come."

Many at the embassy, like those elsewhere, perhaps felt the pain caused by the arrest of a fellow Jew in the assassination.

Many U.S. Jews, like right-wing Jews in Israel, opposed Rabin's peacemaking efforts.

Jehuda Reinharz, the Israeli-born president of Brandeis University, summed up the feelings of many, calling it "a very black day in the history of Israel and the history of the Jewish people."

In New York City, 800 people held a candlelight vigil outside the Israeli consulate.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking in Alpharetta, Ga., broke into tears in the middle of a speech Saturday night as he began talking about the assassination.

"Frankly I was a bit overwhelmed tonight to have an experience of such hatred that killed Rabin today," Gingrich told about 500 people gathered at a fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity.

In Israel, people openly wept in the streets and candlelight vigils were held outside Rabin's residences in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Sadly, though, many found cause for celebration in the Rabin's death.

Israel's Islamic fundamentalist enemies in the Middle East fired celebratory shots into the air at the death of the man they called the world's leading terrorist.

What follows is a sampling of the world's comment: