This Week In Israel - Sep 30, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel
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Hello, Everybody,

Before I begin, let me urge you - beseech you - to read Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the UN General Assemby which you can find at the bottom of our column.

It is glorious in Jerusalem! Cool, dry days and crisp nights. Today there is hardly a cloud in the sky.

And we are changing things around. Here on This Week in Israel, in our apartment, on my desk, and the walkway outside out door. (Whew, I’m worn out all ready from it! )

For many years now we have put out somewhere from 15 to 30 pages of content. Articles, photos and commentary combined.

We are going to condense it some. Rather than reprint articles, we are going to give you a link on something interesting and you can cut and paste it to read it for yourself if you like. I would use hyperlinks but until we get our new website up and running they just confuse the issue and lock up our site. (Yes, that guru, Jim R., our webmaster is going to give us a face lift. No jokes, please.)

What we plan on doing is give you some shots of locations in Israel, a bit of information about the area, and hopefully tempt you to come visit and see for yourself.

Also in the works will be a “major commentary on what is on the minds of people either in the news, making news, or on an event. We will probably throw in some menus now and then as well, for those of you who like the local cooking or want to try it.

Then we’ll wrap up like usual with a thought or two in Moore’s Musings.

We’d appreciate any feedback you have on how it is all working out in your opinion once we do it for a few weeks.

What about American politics? There will be some of that as well in our commentary at the opening of the weekly TWI, of course. I still have a thought or two to share.


9/30/2009 - The Emperor's Fading Glow; Shuq Pics; Bibi's Speech

WESLEY PRUDEN

The wise, biting commentary of the “retired” editor of the Washington Times has always been a favorite of mine. Not one to suffer fools gladly, his insight is worth considering. He notes things, and then with time, you will often see others sort of get the same ideas. Try the link below and I think you will see what I mean.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/29/pruden-reality-bites-obamas-west-wing/

 

FADING GLOW FROM THE EMPEROR

Perhaps you have noticed it, but among many liberals there is a bit more unhappiness with BHO. Even the weird Gore Vidal was featured on Drudge this week complaining about him. Lots of these guys are wishing they’d voted for Hillary.

Speaking of the Hollow Sec. of State, her philandering husband joined her this week by telling one interviewed that he believed Obama was suffering from the attacks of the same “Right Wing Conspiracy” that hounded him. What a laugh!!

These liberals just don’t get it. They are so superior that they cannot just believe that people don’t like their a) behaviour, b) programs, c)personalities once revealed, or d) all the above.

SIX HOURS AHEAD!

We are six hours not seven ahead of East Coast time. That’s right. We went off daylight savings time on Saturday. Darkness comes earlier. We sleep part of the day away. At least some of us do. And now we will pay more to light our homes, etc. Why?

Because the Hassid community in Israel wants to have one less hour of fast for Yom Kippur. That is not an attack. They admit it.

For years the secular Israeli community has tried to stop the time change on Yom Kippur Eve and for years the ultra Orthodox have battled it and won.

Personally I wish there was no change at all. I know – Neanderthal.

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE KENNEDIES HAD FADED, HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE WANTING THE SPOTLIGHT.

Patrick Kennedy came out this week telling people that they can “opt out of the law requiring everyone to have a digital medical record telling about their sexually transmitted diseases and the number of abortions they’ve had.

Didn’t know you were going to have a digital record? Check it out. So how can people opt out? Why to please the AID/homosexual community of course.

Check it out at CNSnews.com

 

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY CIRCUS

It’s now history, but the bad taste remains. The highlights of course were the speeches by Obama, Gaddafi, Chavez and Ahmadinejad. Highlights, that is for comic relief. One of the Libyan’s translators collapsed while the poster boy for bad Botox rambled on and on. This guy is rich as Midas thanks to deep oil wells, is a terrorist, as are the last three in my above list. Chavez is a dangerous buffoon, and the Iranian is another who is mad as a hatter.

Obama was eloquent as ever, and there is something to say about someone who Chavez praises. Why would he do it? Because he considers Obama – like most of the rest of the world as a naïve, defeatable guy who is in way over his head.

Bibi’s speech was a bell-ringer, and I hope you read the text here at the end of this column.

BUT WHAT ABOUT OBAMA GIVING QADAFFI 2.5 MILLION BUCKS!!!

You didn’t know about that? Fox News blew the whistle on it. “The White House deferred questions to the National Security Council, which could not be reached on Saturday. Neither could the State Department.”

 

What do you expect?

JUST IN TIME FOR THE PARTY!!

Word came this week that thanks to a mid-air collision over Iran the only AWACS jet in their arsenal crashed and burned!

The Israeli Air Force is not to blame. As Debka.com reported, “Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources disclose.”

CONSIDER THIS

Should Israel decide that they must bomb Iran’s nuke sites (PLURAL) they won’t have a jet up in the air allowing them to “look down” from above and pick up IAF jets flying just above the ground.

One commentator asked this week (in my own words): What will the US do, send American fighters up to take out the Israeli jets if they cross over Iraq? Now that’s a great question.

 

TEMPLE MOUNT RIOTS INJURE 12 ISRAELI POLICEMEN AND 15 RIOTERS.

It came just as we were discussing going there to shot some pictures with an Arab friend. We’ll still go, and should be in no danger, but we’ll let things quiet down a bit.

 

MORE PICS OF THE SHUQ:

Last week we promised you more photos of our trip to the shuq on Mehane Yehuda. As promised:

The Bee on the Bun

Bee on the Bun (Ernie Moore)

I mentioned that flies and bees get on the dried fruit. Some have more sophisticated tastes. Look in the middle of the photo. Typically the pastries and desserts here are only about half as sweet as those in the States.

Rahm's Relatives (Ernie Moore)

Cold Fish (Ernie Moore)

There are a number of fish mongers at the shuq. I don’t know where Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm gets his.

Rainbow (Ernie Moore)

Rainbow (Ernie Moore)

What a rainbow of towels and behind them the containers of food.

Olives (Ernie Moore)

This land is the olive lover’s paradise! And what is interesting is that part of the culture is that one may just pick up a couple of them and eat! Nobody cares.

Grapes (Ernie Moore)

The grapes here are as varied and lush as anywhere in the world! My wife prefers the large black, seedless grapes. We don’t see them very often, and I don’t know if they are native or not, but when we find them, it is too good to believe!

Coffee (Ernie Moore)

Coffee (Ernie Moore)

This photo is of the Elite brand of Turkish and other coffees. They are good, and I like it in the “mud” we drink here. You pour a cup or glass of boiling water, drop a heaping spoonful of the powdered grounds and stir. Eventually it is absorbed, the grounds drop to the bottom (forming the mud) and you drink it down to where it gets grainy and then stop!

My favorite blend, however is found at the Coffee Mill in the German Colony. Called Krakatoa, it is a blend of dark coffees, is really strong, but never bitter. Hmmm.


 

Squash (Ernie Moore)

Squash (Ernie Moore)

This is squash. And this is how one usually finds it. Raw, chopped into chunks and open to the air. My squeamish wife prefers it wrapped in plastic wrap, but she dearly loves it!! She makes a soup from recipes that she got from Marla and Pilar. Personally I’m more of a chili man, but it is definitely tasty, as Oleg says.


 

Ginger (Ernie Moore)

Ginger (Ernie Moore)

This is straight ginger root. You can also find it in “hands,” pickled, and shredded. It’s a bit strong for my taste usually, but tons of folks buy it and love it.


 

Iraqi Shuq Eatery (Ernie Moore)

Iraqi Shuq Eatery (Ernie Moore)

Fine dining at its best. I’m not kidding you. This little “hole in the wall” restaurant is two tables outside in the Iraqi shuq part of the market. Inside are three more tiny tables. Working men come here, and a few ladies, but let me tell you it is to die for!

Kubi adom, a tomato-based soup with meat dumplings, celery and onion. Ohhhh. Pita, pickles, a chunk of onion, hot peppers, and a small dish of what is called goulash, but which is actually beef chunks in more paprika and tomato sauce. You never ate so good.

 

Cookin'!  (Ernie Moore)

Cookin! (Ernie Moore)

This is the kitchen. Each dish is prepared on these gas burners. It’s clean as a pin, the people are simple, warm-hearted folks who appreciate your business, and are interesting to visit with. Rebecca took my wife and me here the first time, and now, I’m a regular.

 

Innards (Ernie Moore)

Shesh-Besh (Ernie Moore)

Shesh-besh tournaments! Every day you will find these old fellows playing backgammon. It is serious stuff to them, and they are old friends. They gather in the rear of the Iraqi shuq, near the restaurant and enjoy their retirement.

 

Innards (Ernie Moore)

Innards (Ernie Moore)

Chicken innards. Wait. Wait. Before you turn up your nose, let me tell you, Grandma Crabtree could cook chicken livers, gizzards (the stomach) and hearts of a chicken until you couldn’t get enough! We had chicken-killing days at the farm. Mom wrung their necks, then she and Grandma butchered them by the score and put them in a chest freezer big enough to hide a steer in. Great food all winter long.

 

Honey (Ernie Moore)

Honey (Ernie Moore)

This display of honey is but a tiny bit of what’s available. I can taste a hot biscuit with a giant spoonful of honey in the comb dripping off it. Man, I’m making myself hungry!

I think I better stop for this week. Next week we’ll share some more of the shuq. It is a gastronomical delight, a treat for the eyes, and a cultural experience like none other.

 

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MOORE’S MUSINGS:

IS THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE OVER? OR HAS IT EVER REALLY BEGUN?

I urge you to go to the radio broadcast and listen. We have a few thoughts on an Israeli attack on Iran.

One subject we always get whether from tourists visiting in Israel or when we lecture in the States is peace. Right now that is not about the Palestinians. They seem to have taken a back seat to Iran.

As I got a haircut this week my barber told me a story that he said summed up Iran.

“An elephant and a mouse were walking through the desert. The mouse looked behind them and then said to the elephant, ‘Hey! Look at all the dust we are stirring up!’”

He felt that Iran was the mouse. They are arrogant. They think they are a big deal.

Then today I was with an Arab friend and we were talking about both the Islamic radicals and about Iran. Here’s his read on it:

“The Arabs and the Iranians [they are not Arabs, they are Persians and he knows the difference-EDM] are alike. They both remember that, one time way back in history, they controlled much of the world.

“They think they are still in charge, or at least they want to come back to those days.”

There is a lot of wisdom in that statement. The Islamists want to revive the Caliphates that ruled all the way to western Europe and Africa. They dream about it in their sleep. The Iranians have a similar idea.

DIFFERENT?

My thinking is a bit different, however. I have this sneaking suspicion that the Islamists aren’t nearly as interested in conquering the world as they are in killing for the sake of it. Most of them get their self-esteem from war, just as the American Indian did. It is an ingrained part of their society. Their culture.

The throat-cutters aren’t making a political statement. They just are butchers and like the feel of killing.

The Iranians saw that the Shah had abused the trust of their people and that the population was ready for revolution. Khomeini came back, got his power, and when he died, the gang he ran took over. They, like Hezbollah (who has recently been exposed) and Hamas also, talked big about cleaning up corruption, but now they too are as crooked as the ones they condemned.

We are neck deep in politicians who crow about change and hope, but when they get in power, the change we see is to take control, then be dictators themselves.

That’s what has disappointed the “independent” voters in the States in Obama. His policies are dictatorial from forced vaccinations to a promise of fines and jail for those who don’t buy health insurance.

Whether it is in the Middle East with colonels like Saddam or Qaddafi, Arafat promising the Arabs of the West Bank a savior, Hezbollah or Hamas or other Islamists, the billions of dollars the men they replaced are never used to improve the lot of the people, or even to build an infrastructure of hospitals, highways, schools that will improve the life of the population, bring business development and make life better.

Rather, they enrich their cronies, build armies to protect their dictatorships, and keep the people under their thumbs.

In the US Obama talked about transforming our nation. Well, he’s well on his way. From one of democracy to enforced regulation of every aspect of our lives. From entrepreneurism to socialism.

And that at a time when Europe is awakening to the fact that their great Marxist experiment, like Russia’s and China’s failed. Germany just elected a right-center government as has France. Now Obama wants to force America into a socialist nation by killing the small business man and empowering politicians and labor unions. It is a horror show that is just now getting up a head of steam.

I think there is a whiff of disapproval among some Democrats and a lot of independents. The Republicans hate it but the darling of conservatives is the populist Sarah Palin. Ever wonder why? Because she is not connected. She “made her bones” by taking on the Republican machine in Alaska, not playing the game.

What is the answer? Voting smart. Term limits that even force elected conservatives to be in office for a single term, or at most two terms. Destroy the seniority programs in the legislatures that force new guys to play the game or be so isolated they cannot help the country or the people.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I’m a patriot. I am a strict Constitutionalist. And I hope and pray that the grassroots movement I see surging is not just talk.

Who will lead it? I don’t know right now. Not McCain, certainly. Not most of the retread Republicans.

In Israel, things are very quiet now. The Jewish holidays do indeed shut the nation down. That isn’t a bad thing.

These dear people live under such a tax burden, a constant threat from suicide bombers and the threat of war that they need a time to unwind. Go to the parks and shore and spend time with their families. And that is what they do. They go out and barbecue, hike the mountains and swim in the ocean and Sea of Galilee. Soak in the Dead Sea. All are packed, and the cities are quiet. You wouldn’t believe how quiet.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s noisy right now. The nation is flooded with Jews from all over the globe who have come to Israel for these holidays. Traffic is like being in a tar pit. Shops are thronged and the sidewalks are full. Restaurants and malls are stuffed. But come Friday night it will change. The highways will be bumper to bumper and the parks will look like they are afire with all the cook outs.

What will we do? Entertain. Friends will come for dinner Friday night. We will visit in other homes. Two groups from the States are here and we will get to see old friends for a while. It will be pleasant.

Then a week and a half from now it will be business as usual. We will work with a number of projects, spend time getting to know new people, write, do radio and see parts of the nation we haven’t seen for a while. It is a good life the Lord has given us.

Pray for us as we serve Him in the ways He’s opened the doors to. We thank you for your part in our lives. You’re in our thoughts and prayers daily.

(Remember that the PM’s speech is just below.)

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Succoth

Ernie Moore

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU SPEECH TO UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

24/09/2009

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland.

I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events. Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.

Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments.

Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?

A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler’s deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?

This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie? And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie?

One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father’s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!

Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong. History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries.

In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times. Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated.

The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization. It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death. The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day.

Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially. It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.

What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come.

We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after a horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind.

That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge? Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood?

Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism?

Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging.

Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks.

We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.

In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza. It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis.

We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare.

You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent.

Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded?

Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II.

During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances.

Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas. We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave.

Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way. Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel.

A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth! What a perversion of justice!

Delegates of the United Nations,
Will you accept this farce? Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity.

And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why. When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense.

What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?

We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow.

Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
All of Israel wants peace. Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace. We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein.

And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace.

In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples – a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it. We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state.

Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers.

Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city - in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem. We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland.

As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity.

But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.

That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza, another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.

We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order.

The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachability of mankind" is for once proven wrong.

I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come. (Courtesy Prime Minister’s Office)

 

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