Speech of Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of the State of Israel

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Pretty interesting speech as reported by ABC affiliates.

    Speech of Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, published in Maariv on Monday, 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.

    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 people 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 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 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.
    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.
  2. Oh he mentioned the holocaust
  3. True - but easy to be cynical from 'outside the wire', as it were. That's one of the least 'pants' speeches I've read from any modern politician - it actually reads as though he is passionate and believes in what he's saying. I don't like everything they're doing in Lebanon, but sitting in an area about the size of Wales, surrounded by nutters who want you dead, with older members of the community still wearing the deathcamp tatoos, I'm damn sure I wouldn't take anything from anyone...
  4. Way to mke friends and influence people.

    might it be sensible to point out tha, we are also trying to stop the sunni shiite violence. And that the Kosovans and Chechens want independence and were trying to break free from parent states, whereas Lebanon is an independant state trying to avoid an attack by a foreign aggressor.
  5. Hmm: I think, to be fair, that Iraq was an independant state, trying to avoid an attack by several foreign aggressors, before we decided to invade on false grounds. Don't recall too many Brits/Yanks being rocketed to death by terrorists based in Iraq...
  6. And do I support the war in Iraq?
    At least im consistent!

    does Israel support the war in Iraq?
  7. I neither know nor care - all I'm saying is that it's both fashionable and easy to attack Israel. I do not approve of their 'free-fire' tactics in a zone full of civilians, but, at the same time, I can understand their rationale for getting stuck in. Easy to treat it as a debate sat where we are, less so where they are - fair enough?
  8. This man presides over a state that frequently dishes out a sickening brand of wanton slaughter - the sort of behaviour for which his neighbours in the region would be slammed, vilified and condemned as terrorists. WTF is going on here?
  9. The world remains silent on Iraq? A better analogy might have been Sri Lanka or Chechnya.

    Get your head out of your ass Prime Minister. Thanks to poor intelligence, planning and execution , you've bitten off more than you can chew and now expect the rest of the world to come and bail you out before the IDF get spanked.

    An offensive targeting launchers and offensive Hezbollah operations on the border would have ben well received and understood. Bombing the Lebanon back to the stone age, with little apparent rhyme or reason is what has brought you to this impasse.
  10. Ive not been able to understand anti-hezbollah strikes taking place in northern Lebanon.

    and if Israel is so sure that Syria and Iran are lending tacit support to Hezbollah and that they are the originators of the violence, Why are they not exercsing croos border raids into these countries.

    Is it that Israel knows they are only big fish in their small pond and that they could easily be filled in by the bigger boys?

    If that is the case might it be wise not to antagonise their little brothers?
  11. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    Hmm. thinks, 1945 just had a bit a crap time, lost a few peeps, anyone got a good idea for us to live a bright future. I know lets go an create a country right slap in the middle of the Eastern mediterranean, there's a good idea. :roll:

    If you don't want to be surrounded by a load of 'nutters who want you dead', here's my advice. Don't plant yourself right in the middle of them and start prodding them. As a survival strategy I'm suprised it got off the drawing board.
  12. no no no, in this book that i read once, that was written by this bloke that Ive never met, well a committee of blokes Ive never met. We were given this land by this other bloke that no one can prove exists, and if you ask for proof he exists or question what is written in this book then we get to call you an anti-semite.

    Well anyway, the bloke that may or may not exist, who appears in the book that may or may not have been written by: spaced out shepherds, local warlords, or bored arts students, it says we can have all this land.

    So once we got the bit of land that this book said was ours from the start of time. We got bored and tried to blag a bit to the north and a bit to the east then we told the poeple that have lived there (since we chose to leave) that it was ours again and not hteirs and we took their houses land and business' because this book said it was ours right.

    yes but no but yes but no but.... Ive got loads of guns that my uncles in the states sent me, and my other cousin gives loads of money to GW Bush so we can get some missiles and jet fighters too yeah, and now we are going to shoot you. And the states will keep giving us weapons because we got beaten up quite badly in Europe and the states blame themselves for it and we arent keen to dissuade them as we get free stuff because htey feel guilty.

    If you dont like the fact that Im chucking my weight around and villifying people that have lived here for 2000 years (after only turning up 50 years ago) Then your like a Nazi man and you're really bad and you think we should be killed and that means you want to gas us, and you are clearly a fascist. So leave us to make life uncomfortable for everyone in the middle east because if you dont then you are a nazi apologist and that means you are scum yeah.

    - Is that all clear?
  13. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    crystal :twisted:

    (Irony is the Rothschilds are related to my family, and my wife is Palestinian)
  14. i would like to thank the IDF for creating a generation of little ambasadors guaranteed to corner you in every youth hostel from here to Timbuktu and teach you this CORRECT version of Israeli history!
  15. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    You''ll like this Pillager. Cafe opposite the Israeli Hotel in the Par Ganj in Delhi. Strapping young men playing pool. My turn comes up against a fellow sporting a IDF tatt.. Says me 'Play for the Freedom of Palestine then?' Guess he didn't hear.

    (Coincedentally seem to recall quite a few lads lurking around at the same 'general' time with Para Regt. Tatoos :twisted: )