President Bush Addresses Members of the Knesset
It's amazing how the official White House web-site can acknowledge London as being part of England http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/07/20010719-2.html but can't recognize Jerusalem being a part of Israel (as copy and pasted above from their site) http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/05/20080515-1.html? Maybe this is so for the same reason the US embassy is still in Tel-Aviv instead of Jerusalem even after the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/Jerusalem_Relocation_Act.html, it's all political!
THE PRESIDENT: President Peres and Mr. Prime Minister, Madam Speaker, thank very much for hosting this special session. President Beinish, Leader of the Opposition Netanyahu, Ministers, members of the Knesset, distinguished guests: Shalom. Laura and I are thrilled to be back in Israel. We have been deeply moved by the celebrations of the past two days. And this afternoon, I am honored to stand before one of the world's great democratic assemblies and convey the wishes of the American people with these words: Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach. (Applause.) That is "Happy Independence Day" in Hebrew.
It is a rare privilege for the American President to speak to the Knesset. (Laughter.) Although the Prime Minister told me there is something even rarer -- to have just one person in this chamber speaking at a time. (Laughter.) My only regret is that one of Israel's greatest leaders is not here to share this moment. He is a warrior for the ages, a man of peace, a friend. The prayers of the American people are with Ariel Sharon. (Applause.)
We gather to mark a momentous occasion. Sixty years ago in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence, founded on the "natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate." What followed was more than the establishment of a new country. It was the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David -- a homeland for the chosen people Eretz Yisrael.
Yes, and we can read about where the borders of Eretz Yisrael (land of Israel) in the very same Bible that mentions Abraham, Moses, and David in Joshua chapter 15 (including verse 47) and in Ezekiel chapter 48 of which includes the entire "West Bank"believe it or not!
Eleven minutes later, on the orders of President Harry Truman, the United States was proud to be the first nation to recognize Israel's independence. And on this landmark anniversary, America is proud to be Israel's closest ally and best friend in the world.
If the appeasing Franklin D. Roosevelt who met with Saudi leader Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lakes of the Suez Canal, vowed to "do nothing to assist the Jews against the Arabs and would make no move hostile to the Arab people" had not died two months later, the United States would have been the "last" nation to recognize Israel's independence! http://www.saudi-us-relations.org/articles/2007/ioi/070214-lippman-meeting.html
The alliance between our governments is unbreakable, yet the source of our friendship runs deeper than any treaty. It is grounded in the shared spirit of our people, the bonds of the Book, the ties of the soul. When William Bradford stepped off the Mayflower in 1620, he quoted the words of Jeremiah: "Come let us declare in Zion the word of God." The founders of my country saw a new promised land and bestowed upon their towns names like Bethlehem and New Canaan. And in time, many Americans became passionate advocates for a Jewish state.
They also named towns "Palestine" after Biblical and Jewish Palestine and not after a 20th. century Muslim name-grabbing of Palestine. http://pioneercity.com/history.html
Centuries of suffering and sacrifice would pass before the dream was fulfilled. The Jewish people endured the agony of the pogroms, the tragedy of the Great War, and the horror of the Holocaust -- what Elie Wiesel called "the kingdom of the night." Soulless men took away lives and broke apart families. Yet they could not take away the spirit of the Jewish people, and they could not break the promise of God. (Applause.) When news of Israel's freedom finally arrived, Golda Meir, a fearless woman raised in Wisconsin, could summon only tears. She later said: "For two thousand years we have waited for our deliverance. Now that it is here it is so great and wonderful that it surpasses human words."
"Promise of God" did you say Mr. President? Just what are the promises of God towards Jerusalem (Joel 3:16-20, Micah 4:2, Zachariah. 8:3-8, Zechariah 12:2-11) and what has been done in the last seven years from your American administration that would be promoting and not going against those very promises of God? And Golda Meir would not only turn over, but actually spin in her grave at Israel accepting the Quartet's (suicide plan for Israel) "peace process"?
Why does America seek a state for the very ones who initiated all those six decades of violence that you mentioned Mr.President? Are we to believe that the ones responsible for those six decade will turn around and "forge a free and modern society" and will work in your own words, "work tirelessly for peace" in the same way the Israelis have?
My country's admiration for Israel does not end there. When Americans look at Israel, we see a pioneer spirit that worked an agricultural miracle and now leads a high-tech revolution. We see world-class universities and a global leader in business and innovation and the arts. We see a resource more valuable than oil or gold: the talent and determination of a free people who refuse to let any obstacle stand in the way of their destiny.
More valuable than "oil" did you say Mr. President? Is the "peace process" that has Israel's destruction written all over it, more or less valuable to you than Saudi Arabia's oil?
I have been fortunate to see the character of Israel up close. I have touched the Western Wall, seen the sun reflected in the Sea of Galilee, I have prayed at Yad Vashem. And earlier today, I visited Masada, an inspiring monument to courage and sacrifice. At this historic site, Israeli soldiers swear an oath: "Masada shall never fall again." Citizens of Israel: Masada shall never fall again, and America will be at your side.
Will America be at the side of the Palestinians as well? What kind of oath do the Palestinians swear by? Is what they swear in nature of Jihad? Do they swear to kill Jews from the river (Jordan) to the sea (The Mediterranean)? What do the Palestinians think about the actual "swear" that Masada will never fall again? Do they swear that Masada will fall?
This anniversary is a time to reflect on the past. It's also an opportunity to look to the future. As we go forward, our alliance will be guided by clear principles -- shared convictions rooted in moral clarity and unswayed by popularity polls or the shifting opinions of international elites.
We believe in the matchless value of every man, woman, and child. So we insist that the people of Israel have the right to a decent, normal, and peaceful life, just like the citizens of every other nation. (Applause.)
We believe that democracy is the only way to ensure human rights. So we consider it a source of shame that the United Nations routinely passes more human rights resolutions against the freest democracy in the Middle East than any other nation in the world. (Applause.)
I can't believe it! President Bush (Mr. Palestine himself) actually said something worth commending. Not only was such a statement very factual, it was even outside the "Quartet mindset". Wow! I'm very,very, impressed!
We believe that religious liberty is fundamental to a civilized society. So we condemn anti-Semitism in all forms -- whether by those who openly question Israel's right to exist, or by others who quietly excuse them.
So will the state of Palestine that you are trying so hard to create, Mr. President be just as condemning of antisemitism as well, or are you just claiming to not be anti-Semitic while desperately trying to create a very anti-Semitic Jew-murdering state? What are the realities here?
We believe that free people should strive and sacrifice for peace. So we applaud the courageous choices Israeli's leaders have made. We also believe that nations have a right to defend themselves and that no nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction. (Applause.)
Shouldn't America strive and sacrifice for peace with Al-Qadea as well in the same exact way? That way the Israeli government can applaud the courageous choices America's leaders would make in returning the favor? And what about the nation(s) especially the Jewish ones, being forced to negotiate with Holocaust deniers, praiser of suicide bombers, a terrorist supporter, and terrorism prompters? Let's say "Mahmoud Abbas"for example? http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/89187
We believe that targeting innocent lives to achieve political objectives is always and everywhere wrong. So we stand together against terror and extremism, and we will never let down our guard or lose our resolve. (Applause.)
The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. It is more than a clash of arms. It is a clash of visions, a great ideological struggle. On the one side are those who defend the ideals of justice and dignity with the power of reason and truth. On the other side are those who pursue a narrow vision of cruelty and control by committing murder, inciting fear, and spreading lies.
This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is an ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.
Let's go to the source of Islam to determine if they really are just using Islam's mantle or if they are the true followers of the Mohammedan religion:
- And fight with them until there is no more "fitnah" (remember the banned Danish documentary by the same name) and all religions are for Allah - sura 8:39
- O prophet, urge the believers (Muslims) to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast, they shall overcome two hundred; and if there be of you a hundred, they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve. - sura 8:65
- ...Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush- sura 9:5
- Fight those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day -sura 9:29
- O prophet, make war against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be firm against them. And their abode is hell, and evil is the destination. - sura 9:73.
- And concerning "martyr operations" (suicide bombings) Surely Allah has bought from the believers their persons and their property - theirs in return is the Garden (of paradise). They fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain. - sura 9:111
Yes, President Bush, they are very religious, and I dare say a lot more religious than you. They understand what their holy book tells them to do in advancing Dar-al Islam (abode of the submission to Allah) by fighting Dar-al Harb (the abode of war that is against Islam). In doing so are they not following Allah's final phase (the prior phases being prophethood, messengership, defensive wars) that was expressed in their prophet Mohammad's life as jihad whereby the 8th. and 9th. chapters of the Koran were written? The jihadist believe that this undeniable final phase consisting of jihad was given for the freedom of all mankind so he wouldn't have to be servitude to man's "world order" of which your infidel father and infidel self helps rule. To them, jihad is a declaration of freedom that frees a man where he can be free to choose Islam and summit to Allah (Islam) instead of being kept from Allah's will by Dar-al harb (the abode of war a.k.a. the West). Maybe Mr. President, you should take the time to study a little Islam, read some Koran and maybe a hadith or two before making such asinine statements about something you just think you know by what some hired Muslim, White House guide, who more than likely is gifted in the fine Islamic art of al-takiah (lying for the sake of Islam) tells you?
And that is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the "elimination" of Israel. And that is why the followers of Hezbollah chant "Death to Israel, Death to America!" That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that "the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties." And that is why the President of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
- That is why Muslims are not to make friends with Jews (sura 5:51).
- That is why the Koran says that the Jews are the cause of all wars and strive to make mischief in the land (sura 5:64).
- That is why Jews are the most violent people against the Muslim believers (sura 5:82).
- That is why Allah has turned the Jews into pigs and apes (sura 5:60 / 7:166).
- That is why Jews should be murdered or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides (sura 5:32-33).
Yes Mr. President, maybe this is why bin Laden does think that "killing Jews is one of the biggest duties"! And maybe that's why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the elimination of Israel. And maybe that's why Hezbollah chants "Death to Israel, Death to America"? READ THE KORAN AND ITS HADITH MR. PRESIDENT!
You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me) ; kill him. - Muslim, Book 041, Number 6981 *
There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.
Did you Mr. President, take seriously the words of Al-Fatah and Hamas within their covenants before pursuing a Palestinian state, or did "you" disregard them after seeing the consequences in the past of doing just that very thing?
Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history. (Applause.)
Several decades of Palestine history include but not limited to:
- The 1929 Hebron massacre and other Jewish massacres.
- Their support for the Nazis and the Axis of Evil under their spiritual leader and guide - the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem haj Amin al-Husseini.
- Their support for the communist Russia during the Cold War via their revered leader Yassir Arafat who today is buried in a most elaborate tomb reflecting Palestinian admiration for all of Arafat's evil deeds.
- Their support for Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War as they cheered his SCUD missiles hitting Tel-Aviv and other places within Israel proper.
- Presently, their support for Osama bin Laden and Al-Qadea! Not only did they joyfully cheer and dance in the street at the news of 9/11, but they also elected Hamas (an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood that Al-Qadea itself came from) in an overwhelming victory.
Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it. Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because the United States of America stands with you. (Applause.)
Your peace process buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace as well, namely the Hudaibiya treaty http://www.mythbustingthemideast.com/quiz.html where they will be ever so close to their pre-June 1967 goals. How many million strong were the Israelis Mr. President, when you suspended loan guarantees in order to pressured Israel to accept the Quartet's Palestinian state concept that includes a land-for-peace deal that is sponsored by the Saudis themselves. These Saudis, whose country is founded on Islamic Wahhabism knows very well the "Hudaibiya Peace-Process Treaty" concept that originated in their Wahhabist country, not to mention obtaining the billions of dollars worth of state of the art weaponry that you Mr. President, sold them!
America stands with you in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists sanctuary. America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapons would be an unforgivable betrayal for future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. (Applause.)
But America now stands with the Palestinians in the "Hudaibiya Peace-Process Plan". America also stood by Hamas in the sense of implementing one of their goals through Israeli pressure - a Jew-free Gaza. America is also standing by the Fatah and Hamas together in bringing about another terrorist goal in making the entire West Bank also Jew-free! And its a given fact that both of these groups (according to their covenants) support Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. I haven't heard "American Poster-boy for Peace in the Middle East" Mahmoud Abbas condemn Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his World without Zionist /blow Israel off the map, speech . I wonder why? Does Mahmoud Abbas also believe like you Mr. President, that permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapons would be an unforgivable betrayal for future generations, and that for the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon?
Ultimately, to prevail in this struggle, we must offer an alternative to the ideology of the extremists by extending our vision of justice and tolerance and freedom and hope. These values are the self-evident right of all people, of all religions, in all the world because they are a gift from the Almighty God. Securing these rights is also the surest way to secure peace. Leaders who are accountable to their people will not pursue endless confrontation and bloodshed. Young people with a place in their society and a voice in their future are less likely to search for meaning in radicalism. Societies where citizens can express their conscience and worship their God will not export violence, they will be partners in peace.
How can one offer a better alternative to true Islam? You see there, you infidel-kafir you, you are just trying to destroy Islam and such statements prove it! True Islam has a duty to wage war against the world ruled by man where justice, tolerance, freedom, and hope are only false visions. This is why there are things such as racism, inequality, and corruption in a capitalistic world not ruled by Allah. Islam seeks only to establish a world under the Islamic law where man can be free from the servitude of other man and be free to be servitude to Allah (Islam) alone where in Allah's domain one can have those things that you mentioned, true justice, tolerance, freedom, and hope. You see, President (Kafir) Bush, its through Dar al-Islam that securing these rights is also the surest way to secure peace. It is only through a world under Islam that there can be societies where citizens can express their conscience and worship their Allah and will not export violence, where they will be partners in peace. Boy, I could sure make a great Jew-killing Muslim wouldn't I? READ SOME HADITHS AND STUDY THE CONCEPT OF JIHAD MR. PRESIDENT, THEN GET A CLUE!
The fundamental insight, that freedom yields peace, is the great lesson of the 20th century. Now our task is to apply it to the 21st. Nowhere is this work more urgent than here in the Middle East. We must stand with the reformers working to break the old patterns of tyranny and despair. We must give voice to millions of ordinary people who dream of a better life in a free society. We must confront the moral relativism that views all forms of government as equally acceptable and thereby consigns whole societies to slavery. Above all, we must have faith in our values and ourselves and confidently pursue the expansion of liberty as the path to a peaceful future.
Are you calling the Holocaust denying, terrorist supporting, terrorism-prompting, terrorist praising, Israel-death-wishing Mahmoud Abbas a reformer? Are you Mr. President? Let's just have faith in our peace-process that gives "expansion of liberty" - to the terrorists as the peace process did for them in Gaza and the soon to follow West Bank, right Mr. President?
That future will be a dramatic departure from the Middle East of today. So as we mark 60 years from Israel's founding, let us try to envision the region 60 years from now. This vision is not going to arrive easily or overnight; it will encounter violent resistance. But if we and future Presidents and future Knessets maintain our resolve and have faith in our ideals, here is the Middle East that we can see:
Israel will be celebrating the 120th anniversary as one of the world's great democracies, a secure and flourishing homeland for the Jewish people. The Palestinian people will have the homeland they have long dreamed of and deserved -- a democratic state that is governed by law, and respects human rights, and rejects terror. From Cairo to Riyadh to Baghdad and Beirut, people will live in free and independent societies, where a desire for peace is reinforced by ties of diplomacy and tourism and trade. Iran and Syria will be peaceful nations, with today's oppression a distant memory and where people are free to speak their minds and develop their God-given talents. Al Qaeda and Hezbollah and Hamas will be defeated, as Muslims across the region recognize the emptiness of the terrorists' vision and the injustice of their cause.
It must first be understood that before Al-Qaeda , Hezbollah, and Hamas can be defeated, "true Islam" by which these groups aspire, must be defeated. There will always be Islamic movements that views the Koran and hadiths in their literal form that will inspire them to continue global jihad. Until America is willing to after Islam itself rather than trying to change to structure of Islam to fit the Kafir-West's view as to what Islam should be, there will be no need to worry about defeating Islamic terrorist groups because it will never happen! Only by going after Islam itself can one spray the base (as in Al-Qaeda) of the fire of global jiihad. Only the Messianic Age will bring about the end of Islam, and not by a nation whose democracy denies God's laws while giveing American "freedom" to sin. It is interesting that before the Israelis sent a rocket right up his Islamic terroristic loins on that wonderful and glorious day of March 22, 2004, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (damnation be upon him) predicted through Islamic inspiration that Israel would be destroyed by Islamic power by the year 2027 http://www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/text.pl?source=4/b/i/archives/280320042 I have to wonder who has more dedication and inspiration for their holy quest, you Mr. President or men like Yassin?
Overall, the Middle East will be characterized by a new period of tolerance and integration. And this doesn't mean that Israel and its neighbors will be best of friends. But when leaders across the region answer to their people, they will focus their energies on schools and jobs, not on rocket attacks and suicide bombings. With this change, Israel will open a new hopeful chapter in which its people can live a normal life, and the dream of Herzl and the founders of 1948 can be fully and finally realized.
This is a bold vision, and some will say it can never be achieved. But think about what we have witnessed in our own time. When Europe was destroying itself through total war and genocide, it was difficult to envision a continent that six decades later would be free and at peace. When Japanese pilots were flying suicide missions into American battleships, it seemed impossible that six decades later Japan would be a democracy, a lynchpin of security in Asia, and one of America's closest friends. And when waves of refugees arrived here in the desert with nothing, surrounded by hostile armies, it was almost unimaginable that Israel would grow into one of the freest and most successful nations on the earth.
The Bible's end-time focus is not upon nations fighting each other, that has been going on since there was nations. The Bible's end-time focus is on all the nations coming against Israel and Jerusalem (Zachariah 14:2) by which the United States has its part via the Quartet (USA, Russia, United Nations, European Union).
Yet each one of these transformations took place. And a future of transformation is possible in the Middle East, so long as a new generation of leaders has the courage to defeat the enemies of freedom, to make the hard choices necessary for peace, and stand firm on the solid rock of universal values.
Sixty years ago, on the eve of Israel's independence, the last British soldiers departing Jerusalem stopped at a building in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. An officer knocked on the door and met a senior rabbi. The officer presented him with a short iron bar -- the key to the Zion Gate -- and said it was the first time in 18 centuries that a key to the gates of Jerusalem had belonged to a Jew. His hands trembling, the rabbi offered a prayer of thanksgiving to God, "Who had granted us life and permitted us to reach this day." Then he turned to the officer, and uttered the words Jews had awaited for so long: "I accept this key in the name of my people."
Another testimony (coming from a leading Gentile) that the nation of Israel is indeed a modern miracle among the nations!
Over the past six decades, the Jewish people have established a state that would make that humble rabbi proud. You have raised a modern society in the Promised Land, a light unto the nations that preserves the legacy of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And you have built a mighty democracy that will endure forever and can always count on the United States of America to be at your side. God bless. (Applause.)
Such great words coming from a pro-Palestinian state Gentile leader!