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Netanyahu speaks before the US SENATE
Rush first then I went to Netanyahu's site ^ | April 10,2002 | Netanyahu address US Senate

Posted on 04/10/2002 1:44:04 PM PDT by Kay Soze

Netanyahu speaks before the US SENATE

Washington, 10 April 2002

Distinguished Senators,

I have come here to voice what I believe is an urgently needed reminder: That the war on terror can be won with clarity and courage or lost with confusion and vacillation.

Seven months ago, on a clear day in the capital of freedom, I was given the opportunity to address you, the guardians of liberty

I will never forget that day - a day when words that will echo for ages pierced the conscience of the free world:

Words that lifted the spirits of an American nation that had been savagely attacked by evil. Words that looked that evil straight in the eye and boldly declared that it would be utterly destroyed. Most important, words that charted a bold course for victory.

Those words were not mine. They were the words of the President of the United States.

In an historic speech to the world last September and with determined action in the crucial months that followed, President Bush and his administration outlined a vision that had the moral and strategic clarity necessary to win the war on terror.

The moral clarity emanated from an ironclad definition of terror and an impregnable moral truth. Terrorism was understood to be the deliberate targeting of civilians in order to achieve political ends. And it was always unjustifiable. With a few powerful words, President Bush said all that needed to be said: ‘Terrorism is never justified.’

The strategic clarity emanated from the recognition that international terrorism depends on the support of sovereign states, and that fighting it demands that these regimes be either deterred or dismantled.

In one clear sentence, President Bush expressed this principle: ‘No distinction will be made between the terrorists and the regimes that harbor them.’

This moral and strategic clarity was applied with devastating effect to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan that supported Al Qaeda terrorism.

No false moral equivalence was drawn between the thousands of Afghan civilians who were the unintentional casualties of America’s just war and the thousands of American civilians deliberately targeted on September 11.

No strategic confusion lead America to pursue Al Qaeda terrorists while leaving the Taliban regime in place.

Soon after the war began, the American victory over the forces of terror in Afghanistan brought to light the third principle in the war on terror - namely, that the best way to defeat terror is to defeat it.

At first, this seemingly trite observation was not fully understood. Contrary to popular belief, the motivating force behind terror is neither desperation nor destitution. It is hope - the hope of terrorists systematically brainwashed by the ideologues who manipulate them that their savagery will break the will of their enemies and help them achieve their objectives - political, religious, or otherwise.

Defeat this hope and you defeat terrorism. Convince terrorists, their sponsors, and potential new recruits that terrorism will be thoroughly uprooted and severely punished and you will stop it cold in its tracks.

By adhering to these three principles – moral clarity, strategic clarity and the imperative of victory - the forces of freedom, led by America, are well on their way to victory against terror from Afghanistan.

But that is only the first step in dismantling the global terrorist network. The other terrorist regimes must now be rapidly dealt with in similar fashion.

Yet today, just seven months into the war, it is far from certain that this will be done.

Faced with the quintessential terrorist regime of our time – a regime that both harbors and perpetrates terror on an unimaginable scale – the free world is muddling its principles, losing its nerve, and thereby endangering the successful prosecution of this war.

The question many in my country are now asking is this: Will America apply its principles consistently and win this war, or will it selectively abandon those principles and thereby ultimately lose the war?

My countrymen ask this question because they believe that terrorism is an indivisible evil and that the war against terror must be fought indivisibly. They believe that if moral clarity is obfuscated, or if you allow one part of the terror network to survive, much less be rewarded for its crimes, then the forces of terror will regroup and rise again.

Until last week, I was certain that the United States would adhere to its principles and lead the free world to a decisive victory. Today, I too have my concerns.

I am concerned that when it comes to terror directed against Israel, the moral and strategic clarity that is so crucial for victory is being twisted beyond recognition.

I am concerned that the imperative of defeating terror everywhere is being ignored when the main engine of Palestinian terror is allowed to remain intact.

I am concerned that the State of Israel, that has for decades bravely manned the front lines against terror, is being pressed to back down just when it is on the verge of uprooting Palestinian terror.

These concerns first surfaced with the appearance of a reprehensible moral symmetry that equates Israel, a democratic government that is defending itself against terror, with the Palestinian dictatorship that is perpetrating it.

The deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians is shamefully equated with the unintentional loss of Palestinian life that is the tragic but unavoidable consequence of legitimate warfare.

Worse, since Palestinian terrorists both deliberately target civilians and hide behind them, Israel is cast as the guilty party because more Palestinians have been killed in Arafat’s terrorist war than Israelis.

No one, of course, would dare suggest that the United States was the guilty party in World War II because German casualties, which included millions of civilians, were twenty times higher then American casualties.

So too, only a twisted and corrupt logic would paint America and Britain as the aggressors in the current war because Afghan casualties are reported to have well exceeded the death toll of September 11.

My concern deepened when, incredibly, Israel was asked to stop fighting terror and return to a negotiating table with a regime that is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State and openly embraces terror.

Yasser Arafat brazenly pursues an ideology of policide – the destruction of a state –and meticulously promotes a cult of suicide.

With total control of the media, the schools, and ghoulish kindergarten camps for children that glorifies suicide martyrdom, Arafat’s dictatorship has indoctrinated a generation of Palestinians in a culture of death, producing waves of human bombs that massacre Jews in buses, discos, supermarkets, pizza shops, cafés – everywhere and anywhere.

Israel has not experienced a terrorist attack like the one the world witnessed on that horrific day in September. That unprecedented act of barbarism will never be forgotten.

But in the last eighteen months, Israel’s six million citizens have buried over four hundred victims of terror – a per capita toll equivalent to half a dozen September 11ths. This daily, hourly carnage is also unprecedented in terrorism’s bloody history.

Yet at the very moment when support for Israel’s war against terror should be stronger than ever, my nation is being asked to stop fighting.

Though we are assured by friends that we have the right to defend ourselves, we are effectively asked not to exercise that right.

But our friends should have no illusions. With or without international support, the government of Israel must fight not only to defend its people, restore a dangerously eroded deterrence and secure the Jewish State, but also to ensure that the free world wins the war against terror in this pivotal arena in the heart of the Middle East.

Israel must now do three things. First, it must dismantle Arafat’s terrorist regime and expel Arafat from the region. As long as the engineer of Palestinian terror remains in the territories, terror will never stop and the promise of peace will never be realized.

Second, Israel must clean out terrorists, weapons, and explosives from all Palestinian controlled areas. No place, whether it is a refugee camp in Gaza or an office in Ramallah can be allowed to remain a haven for terror.

Third, Israel must establish physical barriers separating the main Palestinian population centers from Israeli towns and cities. This will prevent any residual terrorists from reaching Israel.

Done together, these three measures will dramatically reduce terrorism, bring security to the people of Israel and restore stability to the region.

Last week, the government of Israel began to take the second of these vital steps. Rather than bomb Palestinian populated cities and towns from the air – an operation that would have claimed thousands of civilian casualties – the Israeli army is taking on greater risk by using ground forces that painstakingly make their way through the hornet’s nests of Palestinian terror.

But instead of praising Israel for seeking to minimize civilian casualties through careful and deliberate action, most of the world’s governments shamelessly condemn it.

For seven months, many of these governments have rightly supported the war against Afghan terror. Yet after only seven days, their patience for the war against Palestinian terror ran out.

The explanations that are offered for this double standard are not convincing.

First it is said that war on Palestinian terror is different because a political process exists that can restore security and advance peace.

This is not so. There can never be a political solution for terror. The grievance of terrorists can never be redressed through diplomacy. That will only encourage more terror.

Yasser Arafat’s terrorist regime must be toppled, not courted. The Oslo agreements are dead. Yasser Arafat killed them.

He tore it to shreds and soaked it in Jewish blood by violating every one of its provisions, including the two core commitments he made at Oslo: to recognize the State of Israel and to permanently renounce terrorism

With such a regime and such failure of leadership, no political process is possible. In fact, a political process can only begin when this terrorist regime is dismantled.

Second, it is said that waging war on Palestinian terror today will destabilize the region and cripple the imminent war against Sadaam Hussein.

This concern is also misplaced.

Clearly, the urgent need to topple Sadaam is paramount. The commitment of America and Britain to dismantle this terrorist dictatorship before it obtains nuclear weapons deserves the unconditional support of all sane governments.

But contrary to conventional wisdom, what has destabilized the region is not Israeli action against Palestinian terror, but rather, the constant pressure exerted on Israel to show restraint.

It is precisely the exceptional restraint shown by Israel for over a year and a half that has unwittingly emboldened its enemies and inadvertently increased the threat of a wider conflict.

If Israeli restraint were to continue, the thousands that are now clamoring for war in Arab capitals will turn into millions, and an avoidable war will become inevitable.

Half-measures against terrorists will leave their grievances intact, fueled by the hope of future victory. Full- measures will not redress those grievances, but it will convince them that pursuing terror is a prescription for certain defeat.

America must show that it will not heed the international call to stop Israel from exercising its right to defend itself. If America compromises its principles and joins in the chorus of those who demand that Israel disengage, the war on terror will be undermined.

For if the world begins to believe that America may deviate from its principles, then terrorist regimes that might have otherwise been deterred will not be deterred. Those that might have crumbled under the weight of American resolve will not crumble. As a result, winning the war will prove far more difficult, perhaps impossible.

But my friends, I must also tell you that the charge that Israel, of all countries, is hindering the war against Sadaam is woefully unjust.

For my country has done more than any other to make victory over Sadaam possible.

Twenty-one years ago, Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent the Israeli air force on a predawn raid hundreds of miles away on one of the most dangerous military missions in our nation’s history.

When our pilots returned, we had successfully destroyed Sadaam’s atomic bomb factory and crippled his capacity to build nuclear weapons.

Israel was safer - and so was the world.

But rather than thanking us for safeguarding freedom, the entire world condemned us.

Ten years later, when American troops expelled Iraqi forces in the Gulf War, then secretary of Defense Richard Cheney, expressed a debt of gratitude to Israel for the bold and determined action a decade earlier that had made victory possible.

Indeed, I am confident that in time those who would condemn Israel now will understand that rooting out Palestinian terror today will also make both Israel and the world safer tomorrow.

For if we do not immediately shut down the terror factories where Arafat is producing human bombs, it is only a matter of time before suicide bombers will terrorize your cities.

If not destroyed, this madness will strike in your buses, in your supermarkets, in your pizza parlors, in your cafes. Eventually, these human bombs will supplement their murderous force with suitcases equipped with devices of mass death that could make the horrors of September 11 pale by comparison.

That is why there is no alternative to winning this war without delay. No part of the terrorist network can be left intact. For if not fully eradicated, like the most malignant cancer, it will regroup and attack again with even greater ferocity. Only by dismantling the entire network will we be assured of victory. But to assure that this evil does not reemerge a decade or two from now, we must not merely uproot terror, but also plant the seeds of freedom

Because only under tyranny can a diseased totalitarian mindset be widely cultivated. This totalitarian mindset, which is essential for terrorists to suspend the normal rules that govern a man’s conscience and prevents him from committing these grisly acts, does not breed in a climate of democracy and freedom.

The open debate and plurality of ideas that buttress all genuine democracies and the respect for human rights and the sanctity of life that are the shared values of all free societies are a permanent antidote to the poison that the sponsors of terror seek to inject into the minds of their recruits.

That is why it is also imperative that once the terrorist regimes in the Middle East are swept away, the free world, led by America, must begin to build democracy in their place.

We simply can no longer afford to allow this region to remain cloistered by a fanatic militancy. We must let the winds of freedom and independence finally penetrate the one region in the world that clings to unreformed tyranny.

That in exercising our basic right to defend ourselves Israel is condemned by Arab dictatorships is predictable.

That today a Europe which sixty years ago refused to lift a finger to save millions of Jews has turned its collective back on the Jewish State is downright shameful.

But my friends, I must admit. I expected no better from them.

Yet the America I know has always been different.

History has entrusted this nation with carrying the torch of freedom. And time and time again, through both war and peace, America has carried that torch with courage and with honor, combining a might the world has never known with a sense of justice that no power in history has possessed.

I have come before you today to ask you to continue to courageously and honorably carry that torch by standing by an outpost of freedom that is resisting an unprecedented terrorist assault. I ask you to stand by Israel’s side in its fight against Arafat’s tyranny of terror, and thereby help defeat an evil that threatens all of mankind.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caruba; islam; israel; netanyahu; plo; suicidebombers
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Wow! All I can say is WOW!

This is the only version I could find. I found this after listening to Rush( A True conservative) and going to Netanyahu''s site.

I did hear a sound bite on rush in Which Netanyahu elaborates on the fenced GAZA strip and how there is zero terrorists bombing there.

Can this guy run against G Waffle Bush? I mean why not? We no longer use the Constitution much anymore so he might be able to run for US Pres!

1 posted on 04/10/2002 1:44:04 PM PDT by Kay Soze
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To: Kay Soze
As we used to say back in the 60's, "Right On!"

Anti-terrorism bump!

3 posted on 04/10/2002 1:50:02 PM PDT by mil-vet
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To: Kay Soze
Big BiBi Bump.
America's first priority is America - but not at the expense of our friends.

Why doesn't W get that?

4 posted on 04/10/2002 1:51:13 PM PDT by sanchmo
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To: mil-vet;Kay Soze
Bibi do kick but, dont he?
5 posted on 04/10/2002 1:53:35 PM PDT by Don Carlos
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To: Watchmaker
Someone tell Bibi that Sharon has signaled us that Israel is self-sufficient. Since Sharon thinks God is on Israel's side there is no need for the USA. It is time to withdraw all our aid, arms, and negotiators. Then Sharon can do his will on Arafat, Saddam, Syria or whoever and carry out what he thinks is God's plan without the USA being part of his tag team. Let God decide although God may need some of Rush's help.
6 posted on 04/10/2002 1:55:57 PM PDT by ex-snook
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To: Don Carlos
israel is our friend as long as we give her 5 billion a year. i support her right to defend herself, but whoever here believes its not strictly money, just ask about the USS Liberty
7 posted on 04/10/2002 1:57:40 PM PDT by Texas Cornhusker
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To: ex-snook
What drival your post was.
8 posted on 04/10/2002 2:04:31 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Kay Soze
I don't know that he didn't give this speech, but he DID NOT ADDRESS THE U.S. Senate today. I am there and it didn't happen. They have been debating the energy bill all day. Don't any of you watch C-Span? Perhaps he made these comments elsewhere. AdR
9 posted on 04/10/2002 2:05:30 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: Kay Soze
Thanks for the post...appreciateit

It is hope - the hope of terrorists systematically brainwashed by the ideologues who manipulate them that their savagery will break the will of their enemies and help them achieve their objectives - political, religious, or otherwise.
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10 posted on 04/10/2002 2:06:16 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Don Carlos
For if the world begins to believe that America may deviate from its principles, then terrorist regimes that might have otherwise been deterred will not be deterred. Those that might have crumbled under the weight of American resolve will not crumble. As a result, winning the war will prove far more difficult, perhaps impossible.

I want to hear the President Bush response. Have we heard it yet?

11 posted on 04/10/2002 2:07:07 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Watchmaker
Netanyahu speaks in the name of his homeland and not in the interests of the United States. Remember that the USA has bigger fish to fry in the war on terror. Iraq and Iran are more a threat to the West than Arafat and the PLO. The conflict in the Holyland has been going on for thousands of years and will not be settled for a long time. Remember we have a president committed to fighting a war against terror that is global in scope and the with the interests of the USA at heart. Interests that may not always be in sink with Netanyahu and his country. We are Americans and must never forget that.
12 posted on 04/10/2002 2:09:11 PM PDT by Bombard
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To: Kay Soze
That today a Europe which sixty years ago refused to lift a finger to save millions of Jews has turned its collective back on the Jewish State is downright shameful.

But my friends, I must admit. I expected no better from them.

Zing ! ! !
13 posted on 04/10/2002 2:09:19 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Oooh, Bibi sticks to the euro-nazis. Beautiful!
14 posted on 04/10/2002 2:11:50 PM PDT by The Great Satan
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To: Texas Cornhusker
I am certain that every single Israeli would give up every dime of aid if it meant they could ride a bus without fear of being dismembered.
15 posted on 04/10/2002 2:12:15 PM PDT by apollo11
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To: Bombard
Are you saying that it is right and just for the USA to order Israel not to defend herself against terror attacks because it might hinder our war on terror? That's not the way ALLIES treat each other.
16 posted on 04/10/2002 2:14:02 PM PDT by power2
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To: 3AngelaD
"If we do not shut down the human bomb terror factories that (Yasser) Arafat is pioneering today, they will surely, as the light of day, reach the United States with greater and greater devastating force,"

Netanyahu said before members of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in Washington.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020410/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_netanyahu_5

Netanyahu, who also met senior members of Congress, warned the United States that unless the practice of suicide bombing was eradicated in Israel it would eventually spread to America and other Western countries.

Speaking at the National Press Club, he said there could only be a military solution to terrorism and that there could not even be a military solution if Arafat, whom he accused of creating a "culture of death", remained in power.

Netanyahu said Arafat could not be relied upon to keep any cease-fire agreement he signed with Israel. "Arafat is beyond deterrence. He is in fantasy-land. Because he cannot be deterred he has to be dismantled."

He accused the United States of seeking what it realized would be just a temporary cease-fire in Israel only to gain Arab support for attacking Iraq to oust President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites).

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020410/ts_nm/mideast_netanyahu_dc_1

17 posted on 04/10/2002 2:14:45 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Don Carlos
Patrick Henry couldn't have said it better !!!!!!!
18 posted on 04/10/2002 2:17:42 PM PDT by Robe
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To: Kay Soze
Esther 4:14 "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

Netanyahu..."For Such a Time as This"

19 posted on 04/10/2002 2:20:46 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: 3AngelaD
I believe he spoke at the National Press Club today.
20 posted on 04/10/2002 2:21:11 PM PDT by apollo11
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To: Watchmaker
Over the last few months I have become increasingly disinchanted with Bush's domestic policies. What good was he if he capitulated to Democratic values along the way regardless of his long term goals (broaden the base, increase the majority in the house, win back the senate, appoint conservative judges).

About a month ago I began to understand that Bush did not represent my values and looked for a solution that would not aborgate my responsiblities to my party. I knew that Bush had to go but was unsettled as to who should challange him in the next Republican presidential primary. My frustration was so great that I even considered a Cheney/Rice ticket in spite of it's obvious difficulties.

Bush's public pronouncements of this past week in the arena of foreign policy have sealed his fate for me.

Too bad that Netanyahu is not a US citizen.

21 posted on 04/10/2002 2:22:01 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Kay Soze
Benjamin Netanyahu is one of my favorite personalities, and I always try to catch his next interview on FoxNews. I love George W, but he seems to be forgetting what we're fighting for. Israel is in the fight of their lives and the last thing they need is their "friends" holding them back as their enemies continue striking at them little by little.
22 posted on 04/10/2002 2:22:43 PM PDT by shekkian
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To: TLBSHOW
He must have met with some senators today and said this. He did not address the Senate. There is a HUGE difference. Check out the online Congressional Record. The senators, individually and in groups, meet with dozens of people a day. But I still wonder about this because I don't know ANY senator who would sit still for a speech that long if it wasn't his or her own inagural address. Please clarify when and where this event occurred. Also, Yahoo is hardly an authoritative source. AdR
23 posted on 04/10/2002 2:26:53 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD
I beg to differ with you. He spoke to the Senate at 11;10 ET. CNN carried the speech. Maybe you just missed it.
24 posted on 04/10/2002 2:28:27 PM PDT by bfree
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To: ex-snook
You couldn't possibly imagine how bad it would get for the PLO, Hamas, Syria et al. if Israel were to conclude that it had been irrevocably abandoned by the United States.
25 posted on 04/10/2002 2:28:39 PM PDT by Charlotte Corday
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To: Bombard
Remember we have a president committed to fighting a war against terror

Really? Why doesn't the president seal the borders of the United States? Why have 50,000 visas been issued to Middle Easterners (non-Israeli) SINCE September 11th? An America with open borders cannot be secure.

26 posted on 04/10/2002 2:29:40 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: power2
I am saying that nations act in their own interests and even allies at times have different interests. The USA is fighting the war on terror on a global scale. Israel is fighting to defend herself but in the process has to do it intelligently. Making the world mad at it does Israel no good in the long run and makes the USA's battle harder. In the end the USA will be the nation to assure the security of Israel, for without the USA, Israel has no real friends in the world. Trust this president to do the right thing.
27 posted on 04/10/2002 2:29:57 PM PDT by Bombard
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To: ex-snook
"Someone tell Bibi that Sharon has signaled us that Israel is self-sufficient. Since Sharon thinks God is on Israel's side there is no need for the USA. It is time to withdraw all our aid, arms, and negotiators. Then Sharon can do his will on Arafat, Saddam, Syria or whoever and carry out what he thinks is God's plan without the USA being part of his tag team. Let God decide although God may need some of Rush's help. "

What's the first thing Sharon did when those missles came at them less then 48 hours ago ?

He called the White House and VP Cheney called Syria and today Syria said they would stay out of it !

No they don't need us ?

28 posted on 04/10/2002 2:31:43 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Bombard
"Netanyahu speaks in the name of his homeland and not in the interests of the United States. Remember that the USA has bigger fish to fry in the war on terror. Iraq and Iran are more a threat to the West than Arafat and the PLO. The conflict in the Holyland has been going on for thousands of years and will not be settled for a long time. Remember we have a president committed to fighting a war against terror that is global in scope and the with the interests of the USA at heart. Interests that may not always be in sink with Netanyahu and his country. We are Americans and must never forget that. "

You speak truth without forked tounge but noboby here wants to here it !

29 posted on 04/10/2002 2:33:10 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: shekkian
Israel is in the fight of their lives ...

I am almost 50. For as long as I can remember, Israel has been in the fight of her life. The occupation of Palestinian land came as a result of an unprovoked attack on Israel by the Arab world. The Arabs lost.

As long As I have been aware of the name 'arafat', it has been associated with terrorism. Another elephant in the living room no one is talking about is the Israeli Olympic Wrestling Team.

More elephants are coming. I have heard very few in the media (Keyes, Cavuto) challenge (read: challenged not limp wristed humming & hawing) the assertions that Israel is guilty of having running concentration camps and equating them with Nazi's.

Who are we to question Israel's right to defend herself? We have no right to do so. Tell me (not you, but the Israel bashers) what would you do if you heard that families in this country were collecting the big bucks to martyr a child? What happens when the question "Would you like fries with your burger?" is answered by blowing your son or daughter into a million peices while sitting in the local McDonald's?

Peter Jenning's babe today said something to Cavuto about the Palestinians doing unto others what has been done to them. Yeah, right. Try as I might, I cannot think of one instance of Israel sending in a child to do what Arafat is too chicken sh!t scared to do---fight his battles.

31 posted on 04/10/2002 2:42:29 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
The Muslims see this as a war against the "West" , why dont we see it as a war against fanatical Islam?
32 posted on 04/10/2002 2:44:28 PM PDT by Delbert
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To: apollo11
So there were some Senators at the National Press Club??? IS that why the headline is the way it is and why people keep saying he spoke before the Senate? I thought that was wierd. I checked the TV and it was the usual Senate going about its inane business.

Anyway, great speech by Bibi. I'm hoping this Powell trip is a charade and once he comes back, we can follow Bibi's advice. I LOVED the slam about Europe - frankly, I didn't expect any better of them. HA!

33 posted on 04/10/2002 2:45:43 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: TLBSHOW
Yeah, I want to see Bibi and G.W. together in a debate! No speechwriters, no handholders, no rules. So far its Netanyahu 1, Bush 0.
34 posted on 04/10/2002 2:46:37 PM PDT by Sender
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To: Kay Soze
Good speech! BTTT!
35 posted on 04/10/2002 2:47:34 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Texas Cornhusker
We give twice that much combined to the arab nations of Egypt, the palestinian authority, Jordan, Kuwait, and half a dozen other aid packages to gulf nations. So, you are grosly misinformed. Israel also allows the United States to prestage tons of weapons on their soil. The few billions of support to Israel is the best money spent by America.

To bring up the Liberty incident over and over again is rediculous. America has made worse mistakes and has cost many more lives as with great power comes great error at times when we have faultered. Such as Clinton bombing a peaceful aspirin factoryin the Sudan and than thousands of Serbs who died because of the United States and because Europe did not get off its but to do anything in their own backyard while we helped muslims slaughter christians in the balkans.

36 posted on 04/10/2002 2:49:05 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: Watchmaker
Hey hey hey.....sure Netanyahu is terrific, but he would do no better against the Daschle Senate and Liberal Media Complex than "W" is managing. Like Walter Williams says; "Sometimes you have to rise above principle and do the right thing."
37 posted on 04/10/2002 2:50:19 PM PDT by metacognate
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To: Kay Soze
Bibi is the most spellbinding orator I have ever listened to. Unfortunately when he had the chance to solve the problem of Arafat's terrorist regime, he blew it. Go to Jewishworldreview.com and click on Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and click on Archive. Read the article dated August 27, 2001 for a very perceptive analysis of Bibi. Right now Israel has a combination it should keep; Sharon is a crusty old curmudgeon who doesn't speak real well but who can truly perform as a leader. Bibi has no equals on the stage and therefore is the best ambassador-at-large to plead his country's cause. PS I would have put in a link to the Mason & Felder article but I don't know how to do that.
38 posted on 04/10/2002 2:55:50 PM PDT by JG52blackman
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To: All
I stand with Benjamin Netanyahu, and I support his views, his demands, and his desire to get OUR leaders BACK on track with the war on "terrorism".

I am afraid GW has "faltered" and failure isn't to far off, if he doesn't get off this game of "good cop, bad cop" crap.

39 posted on 04/10/2002 2:58:11 PM PDT by antivenom
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To: Kay Soze
And bumping again.
40 posted on 04/10/2002 2:58:58 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: metacognate
I wish Bush would rise above politics and do the right thing, namely support Israel. I've been pretty disappointed in him the last few weeks. Though I'm still willing to give him a chance. The guy's probably playing things the way he is to give the Republicans a better chance of winning this November. If Congress is solidly in Republican hands, then I think that chances are he'll be more conservative than ever once he has a firm grip on things.

Anyway, GREAT speech by Netanyahu! Every time I hear this man speak I'm always impressed. Here's hoping that the next time Israel has an election Netanyahu will run and win.
41 posted on 04/10/2002 2:59:13 PM PDT by Green Knight
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To: JG52blackman
Dear Bibi: Seek treatment, not power
42 posted on 04/10/2002 3:01:02 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: Green Knight
Here's hoping that the next time Israel has an election Netanyahu will run and win.

Ditto!

43 posted on 04/10/2002 3:01:03 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Kay Soze
"That today a Europe which sixty years ago refused to lift a finger to save millions of Jews has turned its collective back on the Jewish State is downright shameful.

But my friends, I must admit. I expected no better from them.

Yet the America I know has always been different."

I sure hope this remains the fact. I think if we really force Israel to back down the blood of ensuing innocents' in Israel will be partially on our hands.

44 posted on 04/10/2002 3:01:48 PM PDT by ImpBill
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To: Kay Soze
I hope Waffle Bush hears these great words over and over again, he might wake up from his lost war on terrorism and get back on track.
45 posted on 04/10/2002 3:07:22 PM PDT by Texbob
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To: ex-snook
You are not an ex-snook, you still are a snook per your post #6.
46 posted on 04/10/2002 3:12:06 PM PDT by Texbob
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To: Kay Soze
Bump for this great speech.
47 posted on 04/10/2002 3:13:31 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Bombard
Sorry to tell you, this is all one fight. Isreal is the proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine of Islamic terrorism. Further, they are a needed outpost in the ME with one of the very best and biggest militaries.
48 posted on 04/10/2002 3:28:03 PM PDT by Helms
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To: sanchmo
America's first priority is America - but not at the expense of our friends.

Exactly right. Well said.

49 posted on 04/10/2002 3:31:08 PM PDT by usconservative
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To: ImpBill
I suppose that Isreal is an ever present reminder of European Shame. Besides, my take on some of this is that Isreal, once peace is established will be the economic and military envy of Europe. It is already a glaring reminder of Arab failure, barbarism and intellectual vacuity.
50 posted on 04/10/2002 3:32:19 PM PDT by Helms
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