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Address to nation - Israeli PM

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Matabele, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    Ladies and gentlemen, leaders of the world. I, the Prime Minister of Israel, am speaking to you from Jerusalem in the face of the terrible pictures from Kfar Kana. Any human heart, wherever it is, must sicken and recoil at the sight of such pictures. There are no words of comfort that can mitigate the enormity of this tragedy. Still, I am looking you straight in the eye and telling you that the State of Israel will continue its military campaign in Lebanon.

    The Israel Defence Forces will continue to attack targets from which missiles and Katyusha rockets are fired at hospitals, old age homes and kindergartens in Israel. I have instructed the security forces and the IDF to continue to hunt for the Katyusha stockpiles and launch sites from which these savages are bombarding the State of Israel.

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    We will not hesitate, we will not apologize and we will not back off. If they continue to launch missiles into Israel from Kfar Kana, we will continue to bomb Kfar Kana. Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Here, there and everywhere. The children of Kfar Kana could now be sleeping peacefully in their homes, unmolested, had the agents of the devil not taken over their land and turned the lives of our children into hell.

    Ladies and gentlemen, it's time you understood: the Jewish state will no longer be trampled upon. We will no longer allow anyone to exploit population centres in order to bomb our citizens. No one will be able to hide anymore behind women and children in order to kill our women and children. This anarchy is over. You can condemn us, you can boycott us, you can stop visiting us and, if necessary, we will stop visiting you.

    A voice for six million citizens. Today I am serving as the voice of six million bombarded Israeli citizens who serve as the voice of six million murdered Jews who were melted down to dust and ashes by savages in Europe. In both cases, those responsible for these evil acts were, and are, barbarians devoid of all humanity, who set themselves one simple goal: to wipe the Jewish race off the face of the earth, as Adolph Hitler said, or to wipe the State of Israel off the map, as Mahmoud Ahmedinjad proclaims.

    And you - just as you did not take those words seriously then, you are ignoring them again now. And that, ladies and gentlemen, leaders of the world, will not happen again. Never again will we wait for bombs that never came to hit the gas chambers. Never again will we wait for salvation that never arrives. Now we have our own air force. The Jewish people are now capable of standing up to those who seek their destruction - those people will no longer be able to hide behind women and children. They will no longer be able to evade their responsibility.

    Every place from which a Katyusha is fired into the State of Israel will be a legitimate target for us to attack. This must be stated clearly and publicly, once and for all. You are welcome to judge us, to ostracise us, to boycott us and to vilify us. But to kill us? Absolutely not.

    Four months ago I was elected by hundreds of thousands of citizens to the office of Prime Minister of the government of Israel, on the basis of my plan for unilaterally withdrawing from 90 percent of the areas of Judea and Samaria, the birth place and cradle of the Jewish people; to end most of the occupation and to enable the

    Palestinian people to turn over a new leaf and to calm things down until conditions are ripe for attaining a permanent settlement between us.

    The Prime Minister who preceded me, Ariel Sharon, made a full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip back to the international border, and gave the Palestinians there a chance to build a new reality for themselves. The Prime Minister who preceded him, Ehud Barak, ended the lengthy Israeli presence in Lebanon and pulled the IDF back to the international border, leaving the land of the cedars to flourish, develop and establish its democracy and its economy.

    What did the State of Israel get in exchange for all of this? Did we win even one minute of quiet? Was our hand, outstretched in peace, met with a handshake of encouragement? Ehud Barak's peace initiative at Camp David let loose on us a wave of suicide bombers who smashed and blew to pieces over 1,000 citizens, men, women and children. I don't remember you being so enraged then. Maybe that happened because we did not allow TV close-ups of the dismembered body parts of the Israeli youngsters at the Dolphinarium? Or of the shattered lives of the people butchered while celebrating the Passover seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya? What can you do - that's the way we are. We don't wave body parts at the camera. We grieve quietly.

    We do not dance on the roofs at the sight of the bodies of our enemy's children - we express genuine sorrow and regret. That is the monstrous behaviour of our enemies. Now they have risen up against us. Tomorrow they will rise up against you. You are already familiar with the murderous taste of this terror. And you will taste more. In a loud and clear voice.

    And Ariel Sharon's withdrawal from Gaza. What did it get us? A barrage of Kassem missiles fired at peaceful settlements and the kidnapping of soldiers.

    Then too, I don't recall you reacting with such alarm. And for six years, the withdrawal from Lebanon has drawn the vituperation and crimes of a dangerous, extremist Iranian agent, who took over an entire country in the name of religious fanaticism and is trying to take Israel hostage on his way to Jerusalem - and from there to Paris and London.

    An enormous terrorist infrastructure has been established by Iran on our border, threatening our citizens, growing stronger before our very eyes, awaiting the moment when the land of the Ayatollahs becomes a nuclear power in order to bring us to our knees. And make no mistake - we won't go down alone. You, the leaders of the free and enlightened world, will go down along with us.

    So today, here and now, I am putting an end to this parade of hypocrisy. I don't recall such a wave of reaction in the face of the 100 citizens killed every single day in Iraq. Sunnis kill Shiites who kill Sunnis, and all of them kill Americans - and the world remains silent. And I am hard pressed to recall a similar reaction when the Russians destroyed entire villages and burned down large cities in order to repress the revolt in Chechnya.

    And when NATO bombed Kosovo for almost three months and crushed the civilian population - then you also kept silent. What is it about us, the Jews, the minority, the persecuted, that arouses this cosmic sense of justice in you? What do we have that all the others don't?

    In a loud clear voice, looking you straight in the eye, I stand before you openly and I will not apologise. I will not capitulate. I will not whine.

    This is a battle for our freedom. For our humanity. For the right to lead normal lives within our recognised, legitimate borders. It is also your battle.

    I pray and I believe that now you will understand that. Because if you don't, you may regret it later, when it's too late.
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +5,690 / 261
    Well written. It IS propoganda to raise support for Israel's cause. Well maybe not proganda, but emotion provoking. There are always 2 sides to any story. There have been atrocities from the Israeli armies don't doubt. That said again, he would seriously have to back up those comments with action, or will lose the faith of all those who are with him.
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,433 / 74
    thought provoking but I am not commenting further either way
  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    I grew up in a terrorist war.
  5. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +212 / 5
    The first casualty of any war is Truth (whatever that is?) Ugly! Ugly! Ugly?
  6. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +3,433 / 125
    you could probably change the names to opposites and write a fairly truthful reply - both sides are causing a lot of damage
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    who has more land?
  8. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 / 0
    Well the Israelis are fighting against an organisation that has said that it will not stop until it has wiped out the entire nation of Israel and all the people who live in it.

    The actions of Israel are certainly questionable, but must be questioned in light of these extreme circumstances.

    One other point that often gets lost is that Israel does not exist due to unlawful invasion, but due to a two thirds majority of the UN voting for the creation of the state....a big difference.

    My family regularly travels to Israel, so if I sound biased, I may well be......
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    I'm with you. Israel is a small pocket of the middle East yet the Arabs will not be happy with anything less than a complete annihalation of the Jewish race and their obvious eviction from Israel.

    I wonder what Australia would do if Indonesia adopted a similar stance and acted on it?
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 / 0
    Lebanon is not the problem for Israel. It is Iran and Syria.

    The US are looking to take out Iran's nuclear facilities soon as there is little doubt that Iran will use it on Israel as soon as they otain the capaability.

    Stay tuned for the new war.
  11. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 / 0
    In general Israel gets on quite well with Egypt, Jordan, and the Lebanese government. Hezbollah is not controlled by the Lebanese government; that is the problem, they get their support from Iran and Syria.

    If the US doesn't take out Iran's nuclear facilities, Israel will. They have already done it once in the past. Only difference this time is that Iran have decentralised the facilities, making it harder to knock it all out.
  12. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    War is a terrible terrible human trait. However the lebanise government has nobody to blame but them selves. As for the people, I just feel so sorry for them all.
  13. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    Interesting follow-up:

    Remarks of Brigitte Gabriel, delivered at the Duke University Counter
    Terrorism Speak-Out

    I'm proud and honoured to stand here today, as a Lebanese speaking for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

    I was raised in Lebanon , where I was taught that the Jews were evil, Israel was the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

    When the Moslems and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians, city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17, without electricity, eating grass to live, and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

    It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon . My mother was wounded by a Moslem's shell, and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room, I was shocked at what I saw.

    There were hundreds of people wounded, Moslems, Palestinians, Christians, Lebanese, and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didn't see religion, they didn't see political affiliation, they saw people in need and they helped.

    For the first time in my life I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments.

    I spent 22 days at that hospital. Those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I realized I was sold a fabricated lie by my government, about the Jews and Israel , that was so far from reality. I knew for fact that, if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown over to the grounds, as shouts of joy of Allah Akbar, God is great, would echo through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

    I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers: one in particular Rina, her only child was wounded in his eyes.

    One day I was visiting with her, and the Israeli army band came to play
    national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they
    surrounded his bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started waking out of the room, and this mother holds my hand and pulls me back in without even looking at me. She holds me crying and says: "it is not your fault". We just stood there crying, holding each other's hands.

    What a contrast between her, a mother looking at her deformed 19 year old only child, and still able to love me the enemy, and between a Moslem mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

    The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. It's barbarism verses civilization. It's democracy verses dictatorship. It's goodness verses evil.

    Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian "armed struggle".

    However, once such behaviour is legitimized against Israel, it is
    legitimized every where in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of god.

    Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York , from Moscow to Madrid , from Bali to Beslan.

    They blame suicide bombing on "desperation of occupation". Let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent.

    On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948 , in anticipation of Israel 's
    independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street, in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed, and hundreds were wounded. Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by the "desperation" of "occupation", but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

    So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. It's time to all stand up, and support and defend the state of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.

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