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A Meaningful Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave what many determined was a "counter speech" to the Muslim love-fest held by Barak Obama.

Some noteworthy excerpts from Netanyahu's speech are as follows:

  • Called on Arab states to come together and contribute to the economic success of the Palestinians.
  • Stated the the root of the conflict is the refusal of Muslim and Arab nations to recognize the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own.
  • Ran down a list of attacks which have been committed against Israel, directly contributing to the situation at hand.
  • Described how every Israeli withdraw from territories was met with war, and every dismantled settlement met with missile attacks.
  • Withdrawls have not "lessened the hatred."
  • He stated simply: "...a fundamental prerequisite for ending the conflict is a public, binding and unequivocal Palestinian recognition of Israel as a nation state of the Jewish people."
  • Continuing on unambiguously: "If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israelis security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists along side the Jewish state."
  • "My positions are known. Israel needs defensible borders, and Jerusalem must remain the united capitol of Israel with continued religious freedom for all."
  • Regarding the settlement issue, he reiterated: "We have no intention of building new settlements, or of expropriating additional land for existing settlements."
  • "But there is a need to enable the residents to live normal lives, to allow mothers and fathers to raise their children like families elsewhere. The settlers are neither the enemies of the people or the enemies of peace."
  • "Above all else," he said "the Palestinians must decide between the path of peace and the path of Hamas."

A sober assessment from a leader who has not the time nor luxury to pander to outside influences.


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Comments (6)

Thank heaven this speech ha... (Below threshold)
JJ:

Thank heaven this speech has finally been made. It's about time! How soon till the UN issues a statement condemning Israel for its racist expectations?

George Washington on Israel... (Below threshold)
Jack Dvorak:

George Washington on Israel (and Egypt and Saudi Arabia too)


"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification." ~George Washington Farewell Address


"The nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests." ~ George Washington


"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." ~ Thomas Jefferson

hmmm, yet out of the entire... (Below threshold)

hmmm, yet out of the entire speech which you've excerpted very accurately, the MSM highlighted and hammered THIS as THE message:

"Netanyahu calls for Palestinian state along side the Jewish state"

odd that they missed all the rest...eh?

"hmmm, yet out of the entir... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"hmmm, yet out of the entire speech which you've excerpted very accurately, the MSM highlighted and hammered THIS as THE message:
"Netanyahu calls for Palestinian state along side the Jewish state"
odd that they missed all the rest...eh?"
3. Posted by Justrand

"The rest" is boilerplate. Old news. Consolation.

Netanyahu's 2-state feeler and his apparent resignation vis-a-vis Iran's civilian nuclear program is News.
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"My positions are known. Israel needs defensible borders, and Jerusalem must remain the united capitol of Israel with continued religious freedom for all."-text, netenyahu

At the risk of losing my Knowitall license, When did Tel Aviv cease being the capitol city of the State of Israel?
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Good post, Jack D.
Couched in such a manner that if the Residents wish to ding you, they have to step on George Washington!


bryanD...boy did YOU misrea... (Below threshold)

bryanD...boy did YOU misread what I wrote and what he said!

Bibi's speech set up impossible conditions wrapped around that sentence fragment!

It was a VERY thinly veiled "fu*k you" to Obama!

When did Bryan ever qualify... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

When did Bryan ever qualify for a "Knowitall license"?

Even Congress and the Senate declared, in 1995 through the Jerusalem Embassy Act, that Jerusalem should be established as the capital of Israel "no later than 1999" and committed to moving the US Embassy there. They then completely forgot all about it doing nothing more than saying they're "committed" to it. Yet still, they consistently refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

So, you have that.




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