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Old 08-16-2006, 06:06 PM   #1
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The Cry of Freedom

If you have not had access to this speech, I thought it was one
of the most riveting presentations I have ever read. I wanted to make sure that you had the chance to see it as well.

July 31, 2006
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 Defense 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.

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 centers 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 ostracize 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, 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 behavior 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 apologize. 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 recognized, 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.
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Old 08-18-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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A proposed speech, it seems.....

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Old 08-18-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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Your opinion?

It sure works for me. How do you feel about it?
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Old 08-19-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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It was very powerful!
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Old 08-19-2006, 08:16 PM   #5
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proposed speech

I liked it as well. But isn't it typical that a politician in power did not actually say this. They don't seem able to make a case as clear as this one.

One thing I would change is refering back to the 6mm lost in the Holocaust. Israel has plenty of solid reasons for existing that don't have to refer to a real tragedy that does not have great relevance to the current problem makers.

Israel exists. Deal with it.
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:51 PM   #6
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To freakin bad Ohlmert does not have the conviction of his words. It was a chance to really land a blow for freedom. I kept waiting for a ground invasion but all you got was a half assed late attempt to neutralize those murdering bastards. As a American and knowing what was done by hezbollah against US interests; ie; a more peaceful world, the destruction of the Marine Baracks, Embassy taking of american hostages and their execution by these animals, Reagans lack of balls, etc. Well, that is what has gotten us here.

Where is Curtis Lemay when we need him or Moishe Dayan? The next incursion will be worse. I f we can fight door to door in Fallujah, the Israelis should be able to fight village to village to the Latani. well, this is far from over. The Esteemed UN has already started to back off from just about every point they made in the ceasefire.

I enjoyed the french "Landing" in Tyre. France is an occupied nation, to much wine and good food have left them lazy and fat.

Hitler's work is being carried on by others.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:47 PM   #7
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started new arab/israel conflict thread

I started a new Arab/Israel conflict thread in order to respond to the things I read in the previous forum. I didn't realize that this thread was also about the conflict, just found out now while browsing. I find the below speech and this discussion completely appalling, and so I imagine that those in it will find me so as well. Might as well get it over with. You won't have any trouble finding it.

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