An Englishman Mourns The Twilight’s Last Gleaming-New World Order In Play

JFK BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON SECRET SOCIETIES

Kennedy spoke from the heart, as does Obama. Both were put into power by forces behind the scenes, forces in control of the chief executive, or so they assumed.

From the desk of Englishman, James Higham on the fall of America, a truly excellent prediction of what the Obama vote means for America and the world. I will excerpt it here:

“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? ”

<…>Blair came to power mouthing sentences without predicates, verbs or specifics: “Now is the time to do,” “Britain forward, not back,” and “If you value it, vote for it,” and Obama has learnt from it: “Yes we can,” “Change we can believe in,” “If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you in Alaska.”

Oh, there is no doubt that the orchestrated insult to the intelligence will now be in full cry. The markets will rally, stocks will rise, the power will cease to bring the people to their knees for some time and give some respite. Obama will have victories and in spite of himself, he will find consensus. He’ll be hailed as the Messiah America and the world have been hoping for. He is naive and therefore can be guided. Or coerced. The perfect president.

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The Choice is Simple..What Kind OF Country Do you Want?

UPDATE ON FORMER POST:

Ohio’s Democratic Brunner Appeals to Supreme Court..Wants to keep Fraudulent Voters? AND SHE GOT IT FROM THE TRAITORS TO DEMOCRACY!

Hat tip:Giovanni World

I have done more than enough research on the following subject to say with all honesty, I believe Barak Hussein Obama will lead this nation down a Socialist/Communist path if elected.

That makes the decision process for voters positively easy. There are two easy choices to make…

1. Do you want a man who loves a free United States of America as your president?

2. Do you want a man that does not love a free United States of America, and would push for a Socialist/Communist model of governing?

Yes folks, the choices are really that simple. Forget who has the best economic plan, or the best war strategy, or promises everything to everybody, the only thing that counts at this point of the race is… what kind of country do you want in the future for your children. Do you want the freedom loving system we have enjoyed for over 250 years, or do you want a repressive system like what Russia or China has?

The debate was only a show for the media, because in the end, it had no real value. Sure, McCain brought up Obama’s connection to William Ayers, our very own home-grown terrorist. But Obama simply ducked the punch and swatted it away like it was no big deal, and alot of people bought it.

Before I go into the ‘why’ I don’t trust Obama, read a few of the comments from people at one of the liberal blogs concerning the Ayers controversy. Keep in mind that there were over 2,000 comments on this one post that were very similar in nature, and the comments were still coming in. This is how the left views William Ayers…

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The Case For Not Voting Obama

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” – Alexander Tyler 1787

Ohio’s Democratic Brunner Appeals to Supreme Court..Wants to keep Fraudulent Voters?

So do we need to elect a ‘cough’ President that will only appoint more Left Leaning Liberals to the Court? This is what we get especially when we have one party with no checks and balances running our business. Making the law, as I have said, better hide your guns and have some cash hid out. That is, if you want to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from the bad guys who can always get weapons..Cash if you need it to survive…The Chickens are coming home to Roost..yep, that’s for sure. Just don’t think I like this brand of chicken. Let’s see, shall we have it broiled, roasted, baked or fried? UH….the question is: will there be a chicken for our pots?

Do not be so disillusioned folks about voting..even though it probably won’t make a WITS D*mn. The radicals would also like us that care about our constitution and bill of rights to stay home. We have a much higher power to answer to one day. It is a privilege to vote and we must remember that and go out in full force. The Liberal Professors and our youth that it has produced along with fraudulence and community organizing techniques and outright lies that are being perpetrated by yes, even Fact check.

Factcheck is a non-profit that got it’s funding from a grant. The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania which wrote the grant and received the funding from the Annenberg Foundation. It is well known that once again, a liberal front got money from Annenberg family Foundation that got snookered by professional grant writers. The very same MO used by Bill Ayers when he got his $150,000,000 million dollars for a radical educational program.

UPDATE: Hat tip http:witsnapper.wordpress.com

Justice John Paul Stevens took Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s case to the full Supreme Court. The Court sided with Brunner. The temporary restraining order on the early-voting program has been overturned, and Sec. Brunner is not required to check hundreds of thousands of questionable registration forms against state motor vehicle or Social Security databases.

No word as to the Court’s reasoning yet; I’m guessing it’s because they thought there wasn’t time, and the complainants took too long to file their grievance. Sec. Brunner still has yet to explain why she initiated a program that’s a magnet for fraud, and barred election observers from monitoring the registration. Peter Bronson said three weeks ago, “If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, thank Brunner.” The article details Brunner’s long history of stacking the deck of Ohio elections in favor of Democrats since taking office.

No link yet…will update as they trickle in.

UPDATE: Here’s the basic AP wire dispatch; more details likely later.

UPDATE II: Allahpundit is on it. So is Miz Michelle. Bloomberg.com has a more in-depth news report on top of the wire dispatch.

Democrat Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner. from Ohio at US Supreme Court in an emergency appeal of a decision that requires Ohio to go through the voter registrations and eliminate the fraudulent ones. This after she promised not to fight the decision!!!

Guess that was before she found out 200,000 registrations discovered so far are FRAUDULENT!!!!image

Make no mistake about it folks, THIS IS A DEMOCRAT COUP OF OUR GOVERNMENT!!!!imageimageimage

Hattip:theerant.yuku.com/topic/12037/t/Just-

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” – Alexander Tyler 1787

How Did We Find Ourselves In ‘Economic Terror’ or The Real Obama Agenda

A great find and understanding on how we got to this ‘economic terror’ bailouts and G7 meetings, panic and what is Barack Obama’s Agenda. Thank you NoQuarterusa and Shtuey for your investigative work and digging for the truth. This is highly informative for those who are new. Please read all of this. This is worth your time.

This post is actually written by Shtuey. note: This is worth reading throughout, and is highly informative.]

Everyone here has heard most of the elements of the post presented below. Some have even talked about the theory presented therein. Before you get bored and skip some of the rehashing, remember The new visitors deserve full qualification of facts, people and events before they can digest theories. This is a long post, but one worth reading.

Therefore I suggest that the following article, written by a kindergarten teacher,(Angie used to be one of those) should be read by us and shared with anyone who is light Obama or center fence. There are two things amazing I find about people who will dedicate their lives to teaching five year old kids. One. They have to find a smile, every Monday through Friday Morning, before they greet the kids. Two. They get to hear the greatest questions about subjects we quit questioning.

I just want you to take in Shtu’s thinking. Get off the minute-by-minute news for a moment and provoke some thought. So be sure you click on his link below the video’s.

Thanks to Eastan McNeal

Kermit

Click here to visit Shtuey’s blog and read this post WITH links. New visitors, visit Shtu and come back and comment with us.

Source link above at Shtueys

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Israel: Front Line of Western Civilization/& Jewish History/ Contributions to the world

There is much controversy today over whether or not Israel has a right to her land..Truly there was a time when a war between peoples constituted who got the land..we have only to remember Alexander the Great or the Napoleonic wars, or in more recent times the British Empire and yes, even the US when our ancestors settled here, the Indian was consigned to reservations.

Many Jews settled in the land called Israel in the early 1900’s. Some tried to farm the land and it was not too cooperative. Some Arabs were there too. The land was hard and difficult..It was a desert. Soon (you can read the history below) they became a Jewish Nation once again. War immediately broke out and the Israelis won. The Culture for what we now call the Palestinians was to walk away from a conquering army. They were not welcomed nor wanted by Egypt or other arab countries from which they had left to settle in Israel.They were going to be used by those nations as a cause..It would not be good for them to get too comfortable somewhere else..Of course remember, that some did not walk away as was the custom..They stayed and took part in the democratic process eventually. The land that was a desert became green…democracy and the economy flourished. Peaceful muslims took part, won elections. Please read below and the history.links further down.

Here’s a great piece from The Objective Standard, “Israel and the Front Line of Civilization,” by John David Lewis:

I just returned from a speaking engagement at Tel Aviv University (pictures from the trip are on my website). My honorarium was four days of sight-seeing in Tel Aviv, Abu Gosh, Jerusalem, En Gediand Masada, and a series of meetings withwriters, policy analysts, academics and writers. I came back with one overriding conclusion, which stands for me stronger than it did before my trip: Israel stands at the front-line of the war between civilization and barbarism. As Eric Hofferwrote over forty years ago, “as it goes withIsrael, so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us all.” (“Israel’s Peculiar Position,” LA Times 5/26/68)

Israel is America’s best friend in the world today. It is Western in every fundamental respect: Its secular government has prevented both civil war and tyranny since its founding; its citizens’ rights are largely protected; its press is free and open; its court system is independent of executive fiat; and its economy is vibrant. It has its share of lunatics, but they have not taken over the culture. It is “middle-eastern” only in location.

While driving through Israel, one cannot help but remember that the area can become a military front at any moment. A sign in the road points left to Ramallah, home of Yasir Arafat—you can drive there (we did not), but an Israeli soldier will soon stop you to warn that the army cannot protect you if you go further. Straight ahead is the road to Jerusalem, which is just a few miles away. It’s all so close.

In less than half hour’s drive, the seacoast climate of Tel Aviv changes to the desert climate of Jordan. Bedouin camps—temporary structures, some with camels in front—squat between towns with high-tech industry. Jerusalem itself is deeply permeated with religious fanaticism of all kinds, and with neighborhoods defined by ethnic identities. The line that divided Israeli tanks from those of Arabs during the numerous attacks on Israel is a street—you can walk down it.
On the highway—a modern road built by the Israelis—I see towns surrounded by trees. The trees were nearly all planted by the Israelis. This is something little known in the U.S.: The Israelis have planted tens of millions of trees in a desert that had never before been planted, and they remain committed to plantingin the Negev Desert, especially near Beer Sheva. Trees did not exist here before 1948. The so-called “Green Line” originally dividing Israel from its neighbors is called such because it literally is a line of green.

At one point we come over a hill, and there are two towns ahead. The one on the left is an Israeli “settlement”—to use the popular phrase in the western press today—and on the right is an Arab town. To the left is a sea of trees among the buildings, and to the right, none. What the press and politicians in America call “illegal settlements” are Israeli towns, with factories, high-tech industries, and homes—built on hills where there was previously nothing but sandbringing economic life and civilization to the desert.

There can be no basis for calling these towns “illegal” because, prior to Israel’s establishment of civilization in the area, no law and no government existed there (so-called “International Law” notwithstanding). It is also little known in the United States that when the Israelis announce their intent to withdraw from these areas, thousands of non-Israeli inhabitants—Muslims and Arabs—pick up and move to Israeli-controlled areas (Daniel Pipeshas recounted some of this). Life under Hamas is hell, life in Israel is good, and most locals know it.

As usual, Israel is blamed for the inability to make peace with a foe that is dedicated to destroying her. American Secretary of State CondoleezzaRice expresses a dominant view in the U.S. State Department when she rants against Israeli towns as an “impediment to peace.” Yet observe the Palestinian leadership’s response to Rice: “With the arrival of that black scorpion with a cobra’s head, Condoleezza, I began to worry that she would use her venomous fangs and hiss to kill this initiative and new spirit that we should protect” said Hamas Minister of Culture ‘Atallah Abu Al-Subh,in remarksaired on Al-Aqsa TV on June 15, 2008.

The deepest cause of the conflict between Israel and those purporting to lead the Palestinian people is philosophical: the deep inculcation of jihad into the minds of Palestinian youth, in the form of a violent ideology that has nothing to offer except the destruction of Israel and claims to paradise as a reward for death. Samples of this ideological material have been collected at the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center; follow the link to “Captured Material.”

Until the motivations for jihad against Israel are admitted, confronted, and repudiated, the causes of war will remain in place, festering in the minds of each new generation of children. All else—the “settlements,” the check-points that prevent non-Israelis from freely partaking of the Israeli economy, the claims to economic devastation, the “historic connection” to a soil that the Palestinians never planted—is pretense. To see this, all one need ask is why Israel’s return to the 1967 borders would remove a cause of war, given that Israel was attacked when she held those borders. And, of course, for Israel to retreat to those borders now would leave foreign enemies a few miles from Tel Aviv. This would be national suicide for Israel, a new holiday for Hamas, and the end of civilization in the Middle East.

Be sure to read the remainder of the essay, at the link.here.

All I can add is that Lewis captures my sentiments perfectly!

See also, “Israel is the Defining Moral Issue of Our Time.”

Related: “‘Clean Hands’ and the Triumph of Evil?

Hattip to Aurora of Midnight Sun

YOM HA’ATZMAUT

I join Aurora and many others in Congratulations to Israel on her 60th Birthday that she celebrated last month in May. Excellent links, I did not want to change a thing.

Israel flagThe Midnight Sun extends our warmest and most heartfelt congratulations to Israel on her 60th birthday. Your history has been a difficult one, but also one which has exemplified amazing courage and miraculous intervention which could only have been supernatural time and time again.

I highly recommend reading the amazing story of Israel below if you never have:

Findalis has an excellent tribute here.

and more great history links here

Jewish Contributions

The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000, or about 0.02%
of the world population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:

1910 – Paul Heyse
1927 – Henri Bergson
1958 – Boris Pasternak
1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 – Nelly Sachs
1976 – Saul Bellow
1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 – Elias Canetti
1987 – Joseph Brodsky
1991 – Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:

1911 – Alfred Fried
1911 – Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 – Rene Cassin
1973 – Henry Kissinger
1978 – Menachem Begin
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1994 – Shimon Peres
1994 – Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:

1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 – Henri Moissan
1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
1910 – Otto Wallach
1915 – Richard Willstaetter
1918 – Fritz Haber
1921 – Albert Einstein
1922 – Niels Bohr
1925 – James Franck
1925 – Gustav Hertz
1943 – Gustav Stern
1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
1944 – Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 – Felix Bloc h
1954 – Max Born
1958 – Igor Tamm
1959 – Emilio Segre
1960 – Donald A. Glaser
1961 – Robert Hofstadter
1961 – Melvin Calvin
1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 – Julian Schwinger
1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
1971 – Dennis Gabor
1972 – William Howard Stein
1973 – Brian David Josephson
1975 – Benjamin Mottleson
1976 – Burton Richter
1977 – Ilya Prigogine
1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
1978 – Peter L Kapitza
1979 – Stephen Weinberg
1979 – Sheldon Glashow
1979 – Herbert Charle s Brown
1980 – Paul Berg
1980 – Walter Gilbert
1981 – Roald Hoffmann
1982 – Aaron Klug
1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
1985 – Jerome Karle
1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 – Robert Huber
1988 – Leon Lederman
1988 – Melvin Schwartz
1988 – Jack Steinberger
1989 – Sidney Altman
1990 – Jerome Friedman
1992 – Rudolph Marcus
1995 – Martin Perl
2000 – Alan J. Heeger

Economics:

1970 – Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 – Simon Kuznets
1972 – Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 – Leonid Kantorovich
1976 – Milton Friedman
1978 – Herbert A. Simon
1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 – Franco Modigliani
1987 – Robert M. Solow
1990 – Harry Markowitz
1990 – Merton Miller
1992 – Gary Becker
1993 – Robert Fogel

Medicine:

1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
1908 – Paul Erlich
1914 – Robert Barany
1922 – Otto Meyerhof
1930 – Karl Landsteiner
1931 – Otto Warburg
1936 – Otto Loewi
1944 – Joseph Erlanger
1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
1946 – Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
1952 – Selman Abra ham Waksman
1953 – Hans Krebs
1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 – Joshua Lederberg
1959 – Arthur Kornberg
1964 – Konrad Bloch
1965 – Francois Jaco b
1965 – Andre Lwoff
1967 – George Wald
1968 – Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 – Salvador Luria
1970 – Julius Axelrod
1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 – Howard Martin Temin
1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 – Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 – Daniel Nathans
1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
1984 – Cesar Milstein
1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
1985 – Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 – Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 – Gertrude Elion
1989 – Harold Varmus
1991 – Erwin Neher
1991 – Bert Sakmann
1993 – Richard J. Roberts
1993 – Phillip Sharp
1994 – Alfred Gilman
1995 – Edward B. Lewis

The Jews are not promoting brain washing the children in military
training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum
deaths of Jews and other non Muslims.

The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics.

The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and
death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard
education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the
Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more
culpability on Israel’s part, the following two sentences really say it
all:

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more
violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no
more Israel.

Source http://www.speptic.com

Israeli VP Livni letter addressing Democracy,Development & FreeTrade

Israel lives in terror on a daily basis..They are criticised on a daily basis.. When they defend themselves and someone is killed in the process or some other tragedy…that’s usually all we hear every 15 minutes on the Media.

I for one feel Israel exercises extreme patience..they have had the capability for a long time to use stronger methods..they have chosen not to. The Terror organizations that use the Palestinians to further their cause…talk a good talk..they don’t do the walk..Israel has given and given land and more land..will it ever be enough? I for one do not think so. The Terror groups want to drive Israel into the sea..as much as Hitler did..They have said so many times..Peace talks would be meaningful if terrorists could be taken at their word..we have only their history to prove that it is meaningless chatter for them. I imagine they laugh, not only at Israel for trying but for the Western world to dare to imagine that they want peace. Peace is their way or the Highway! Don’t think I want to live under Sharia Law. In fact many of us would lose our heads rather soon for daring to be an ‘infidel.’

I thought I would share this letter with you that are interested in the Peace of Jerusalem..

Address by FM Livni to the 8th Doha Forum

on Democracy, Development, and Free

Trade

 Address by Vice Prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni to the 8th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development, and Freedom
April 14, 2008
 

Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to pay tribute to the State of Qatar, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, for hosting this conference on a topic of global concern. I would also like to express our respect and appreciation to His Excellency Shiekh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have come here to Qatar, in a spirit of friendship and mutual respect, as a representative of the Government of Israel to an Arab state, with which we have maintained official relations, even in difficult periods, and with which we hope to strengthen our ties.

The continued dialogue between Israel and Qatar is a living testimony to the importance attached by both sides to this ongoing relationship, which serves the interests, not only of both sides, but of the entire region. We hope that other Arab states will follow the example of Qatar, as a means for promoting co-existence, understanding and peace in the entire region, especially in a period of time in which a genuine peace process is taking place between Israel and the Palestinians. To the Arab states of our region, some represented in this conference, we extend our hand in friendship.

The road to peaceful relations – just like the road to genuine democracy – begins with dialogue, mutual recognition and the free exchange of ideas.

Democracy

We are gathered here to discuss democracy. But what is democracy? It may seem self evident, but it is not always so. 

We all share the same understanding that:
• Democracy is not just a word.
• Democracy is a way of life.
• Democracy is a value system.
• Democracy does not belong to any specific faith or national identity. There is no contradiction between democracy and religion, or between democracy and patriotism.
• Democracy is the natural birth-right of every human being.

At its heart, democracy is a system and a set of universal values, that promotes diversity, freedom of worship and freedom of speech. In so doing, it creates the space and the opportunity for each faith, for each identity and for each individual, while reflecting local cultures, traditions and values. 

Moderates and Extremists

But there are those who do not share our perception of democracy. I am referring to the extremists, who not only reject the genuine values of democracy, but also fight to deprive others of their rights and use violence as a legitimate tool in their battle.

On the other hand there are the moderates, who accept the principles of democracy, recognize the legitimacy of others and renounce violence.

This is the greatest conflict today – between the moderates and the extremists. This is also the new challenge of the entire region. We, the moderates of the region, are all members of the same camp, facing the same challenges posed by the extremists.

It is true that even amongst us, within the pragmatic camp, there may be differences of opinion and conflicts. Israel and the moderate Palestinian leadership are in the midst of a process in order to resolve such a conflict. It is this vision of peace that binds together Israelis, pragmatic Palestinians and moderates throughout our region. The extremists have, unfortunately, the ability to block or prevent our vision of peace.

Therefore, it is quite clear now that Israel poses no threat to the stability and the peace of the region. It is equally clear now that the threat comes from the radicals, who refuse to recognize our democratic rights.

When I say “our”, I mean the rights of Israelis, moderate Palestinians, moderate Arab and pragmatic Moslem regimes alike. We must cast aside the outdated perception that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the cause for the extremists, and understand that our ability to come to terms depends on the extremists’ capability to prevent it.  

The threat of the extremists to the peace process and regional stability, is also via their abuse of democracy.
 
Democracy and Elections

Democracy is not just a technical process. Today, in different parts of the world, extremists are entering the democratic process via elections – not to abandon their violent agenda – but to advance it. It is the full right of democracies to defend themselves from those who wish to exploit the system in order to reach a position of power, and then abuse that power to enforce their radical ideology and disregard the values of democracy.

This is true for both Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, in which the political process has been infiltrated. In both these cases, Lebanon and the PA, the outcome is a lack of stability.

We witness another breach of democracy, while three abducted Israeli soldiers  are still held in captivity, for no reason, denied access of the Red Cross or a sign of life. I would like to take this opportunity to call for their release. This is a matter of human rights, not politics.

No true democracy on earth allows armed militia, or groups with racist or violent agendas, to participate in elections. I have checked this matter, and in various constitutions around the world, it is prohibited. Also in Israel, a racist party cannot run for elections. 

I have called on the international community to adopt a universal set of standards for participation in democratic elections. This universal democratic code requires that all those seeking the legitimacy of the democratic process, earn it by respecting such principles as state monopoly over the lawful use of force, the rejection of racism and violence, and the protection of the rights of others.

The choice should be made before elections take place – terror or politics – but not “political terrorism”. The goal of such a universal code is to protect core democratic values from those determined to destroy them. The democratic process is not just a right – it is also a responsibility.

The Peace Process

According to the understanding of our new regional challenges, Israel left the Gaza Strip, dismantled all settlements, and gave an opportunity for Palestinian self rule, as a first step on the path towards a Palestinian state. For this reason, we launched the Annapolis process, to reach a peace agreement, implementation of which is subject to the Road Map. .
 
Peace talks are taking place with the pragmatic Palestinians, who recognize Israel’s right to exist, who seek to realize their national rights but choose the path of peace over terrorism. With such partners, who support the two-state solution, peace can be attained. The conflict is solvable.

There is no hope for peace with the extremists, who reject the two state solution, refuse to even recognize the existence of Israel and choose the path of violence. 

With the legitimate Palestinian government, representatives like Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Ala and Salam Fayyad, we share the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security. We recognize the fact that the Palestinian people have legitimate rights and aspirations. We have no interest in ruling their lives. Israel is committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state, as a nation state for the Palestinian people and a peaceful neighbor to Israel.

Equally, the people of Israel are entitled to those same rights. There is no place for terrorism, and no justification for terrorism. Just as a Palestinian state is an Israeli interest, so Israeli security must be a Palestinian interest.

Israel is deeply engaged in a peace process. The attainment of peace is an Israeli strategic objective, and it is clear that it entails further territorial concessions. Stagnation is not our policy. We have no interest in wasting time, or establishing facts on the ground that will impede the creation of a Palestinian state.

As the Israeli chief negotiator, the responsibility lies heavy on my shoulders, as this concerns our future. The talks are based on trust, and some principles: 
 
• The talks are bilateral only.
• Everything is on the table, yet nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
• We do not share information with the media, or the public. There is a price that we pay. Lack of information leads to an incorrect image that nothing is happening. But the right thing to do is to continue to work seriously and discreetly. 
• Any future agreement is subject to full implementation of the first stage of the Road Map, for we cannot afford an additional terror state in our region. We are in need of a legitimate Palestinian government, like the one in the West Bank, which has effective control of both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

This is evidently clear with the violent takeover by the Hamas of the Gaza Strip. Although Israel fully withdrew all its forces from the Gaza Strip, dismantled all settlements and allowed for self Palestinian rule in this territory, instead of coexistence, we have received terror in return.
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Gaza is not just an Israeli problem. It has become an obstacle to the formation of a Palestinian state.

In parallel to the negotiations, we must make changes on the ground. We must advance on the issue of security for Israel (terror attacks continue), and capacity building and economic promotion for the Palestinians.

We have also decided not to allow the daily frustrations to stop the talks. Although It is not easy for Israel to negotiate peace in days of terror, and  not easy for the Palestinians while Israel acts against terror in Gaza. But we must continue – for stopping the talks serves the interests of those who do not want peace.  

The role of the Arab and Moslem world
           
Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Peace requires historical reconciliation. We are ready and willing to walk this path. But, all sides must choose to walk with us. The hearts and minds of the entire region must be prepared for this historical process.   

Some of the states in the region, including Qatar, have taken important steps forward in this effort. By encouraging dialogue and acceptance of each other we can teach our children the blessings of coexistence. We can create the environment in which a genuine, dignified and lasting peace is possible.

We can promote mutual understanding by removing incitement and hatred material, and replacing it with messages of hope and mutual acceptance. This is the only way. To create public support for the decisions the leaders need to make. 

I would like the public to understand that the region is changing – as is evident and demonstrated in this wonderful gathering. To succeed in these efforts, all peoples of our region must have the courage to recognize the fact that we, Israelis and Arabs alike, face common challenges. We must together take responsibility for our region’s destiny, engage in dialogue, promote mutual projects and deny the extremists the ability to dictate the agenda.

In conclusion, democracy is a choice and an ongoing responsibility. From its founding, Israel made a choice to be a genuine democracy. We are both a Jewish state and a democratic one, and there is no contradiction between the two. We respect the equal rights of the Arab citizens, who are also represented in our parliament. There is much for us to do – we do not deny that Israel is still a young democracy, and we do not claim to be a perfect one.        

This International Conference on Democracy, Development and Free Trade is an ideal venue and surrounding for a rich and creative exchange of ideas and experiences. I wish you all a successful and enriching conference. The countries of the world and of the region can only benefit from this distinguished gathering.

Thank you. 

 

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