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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  • I will bless them that bless thee

    I wanted to share with you some interesting tidbits from prophecy central in view of what is taking place now with Israel and our own Nation’s role.

    There is a legendary story concerning an agitated Frederick the Great who, in frustration, demanded from his cabinet that somebody provide him with proof of the existence of God. There was a momentary silence before one of his counselors spoke up: “Have you considered the Jew, your Majesty?” he asked.The continuing existence of the Jew is proof positive of God’s existence, just as the existence of a Jewish state is proof positive that we are living in the last days of human government as foretold by the Bible prophets of antiquity.There are three distinct statements made within the Divine promise of blessing given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.The first is that God will bless those who bless the Jews.

    When the United States wrested its seat at the council of nations from England, it became the first nation on earth to grant full citizenship to Jews.

    It was the first nation to allow the Jews an unrestricted vote. It was the first nation to recognize the incomparable blessing the Jewish people have been to humanity.

    America’s second president, John Adams, said, “The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other Nation. They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily than any other Nation, ancient or modern.”

    And no nation on the face of the planet today, or at any time in recorded history, has been more greatly blessed than the United States of America.

    The second is that God promised that in the Jews “shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

    Without the Jews, there would be no Bible. Jesus came to earth as a Jew. Without the Jewish Jesus, there would be no Christianity.

    Apart from the theological argument, a quick look at the last hundred years or so proves the promise isn’t confined to religious blessings alone.

    From 1901 to 2001, the world’s 6 billion people competed for the scarce 844 Nobel Prizes that have been awarded. Among those 6 billion people are nearly 2 billion Muslims – roughly 20 percent of the global population.

    Of those 2 billion Muslims, eight have been singled out to receive the Nobel Prize – (seven if you consider that one of them was a politically motivated award mistakenly given unrepentant terrorist Yasser Arafat).

    In any case, Muslims account for less than 1 percent of the total Nobel Prizes awarded in the last hundred years.

    In the middle of the 20th century, the Nazis exterminated some 6 million Jews, more than half the world’s Jewish population. There are today about 14 million Jews left.

    Even with half their number exterminated at the century’s midpoint, 159 of the remaining 836 Nobel Prizes were awarded to Jews, or roughly 18.8 percent of all the Nobel Prizes awarded in Nobel’s history.

    (If you’re keeping track, that is about 20 times as many prizes divided among 14 million Jews than were shared by the 2 billion Muslims worldwide)

    In America, the influence of American Jews is hugely disproportionate to their numbers. Conspiracists point darkly to the “Jewish influence” in education, banking, law, medicine, government, media and entertainment as evidence of a Jewish conspiracy to control the world.

    They accurately point out that American Jewry accounts for less than 2 percent of America’s general population, but then draw their conclusions without the benefit of Scriptural discernment.

    The “Jewish influence” in American life is part of God’s blessing on America – the “Jewish conspiracy” canard given them in reward is part of God’s curse on Israel.

    “Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of My land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for My Name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations” (2 Chronicles 7:20).

    The curse was partially lifted, beginning in 1948, but will not be entirely lifted until the close of the Tribulation Period.

    “And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong” (Zechariah 8:13).

    The Jews have returned to the Land, but they remain a “proverb and a byword among all nations” to this day.

    Finally, God promised that He would “curse them that curse you.” The precision with which God kept this promise is nothing less than astonishing.

    During the Crusades from 1095 to 1270, Jews in Southern Europe fled to Spain, England, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe as the result of severe persecution and wholesale massacres of the Jews.

    England turned out to be the wrong place to go, because in 1290 King Edward I expelled the Jews. King Charles II did the same thing in 1394 by forcing all Jews from France. Interestingly, Spanish Jews found peace and security in Spain and Portugal while those countries were under Muslim rule.

    At that point in history, Europe was fractured, ignorant and in constant turmoil, while that same period of time is known to history as the Golden Age of Islam.

    The Moors were world-renowned for their knowledge of astronomy, medicine and science, and the Islamic world boasted the most extensive libraries that had ever existed to that time.

    In the 1400s, the Moors were kicked out of Spain by the Papal forces of Europe. In 1492, on the same day Columbus set sail for the New World, Spain expelled any unconverted Jews who had survived the Spanish Inquisition. This time they fled back to England where the Protestant reformation now welcomed them.

    Spain’s global empire lasted less than a century after it expelled its Jews, to be replaced by the Jew-friendly British Empire whose reach extended to every corner of the globe. In 1917, the British captured Palestine from the Muslims. The British Crown offered the Jews a homeland via the Balfour Declaration, and a year later, England won the First World War.

    After the war, the British broke most of their promises to the Jews, restricted Jewish immigration to the Holy Land, and in the years since have increasingly turned their backs on the Jews that brought them such great blessings for more than 300 years.

    The British Empire upon which “the sun never set” in 1900, had, by 1948, lost its last colony when Burma declared independence, and the British Empire was no more.

    In 1933, Germany was among the most cultured and sophisticated nations in Europe. Old Berlin was Europe’s Crown Jewel. The Nazis turned on the Jews, together with most of Eastern Europe, and 12 years later, Europe’s Crown Jewel was a pile of burning rubble.

    The Arab world, which had been so blessed during its Golden Age, collapsed into its present state of affairs, with most of it still operating as if electricity had never been harnessed.

    The Arab Muslims supported Hitler, opposed Jewish immigration, waged repeated wars against Israel, deny Israel its rightful territory, and now mount a global jihad to finish Hitler’s goal of total extermination. The backward nature of modern Islamic culture and society are the fruits of those efforts.

    Historically, wherever the Jews were welcomed, that nation flourished and prospered. Where the Jews were persecuted, those nations floundered.

    It is more than just coincidence; it is an identifiable historical pattern that has continued, without deviation, since the days of the Babylonian captivity.

    Babylon prospered when its Jews prospered, it fell to Persia when Neboplasser turned against them. Persia prospered until it turned on the Jews, whereupon it fell to Alexander’s Greece. And so on, throughout history, up to and including the impending collapse of the rabidly anti-Semitic United Nations.

    God’s Word is true, and Bible prophecy is always 100 percent accurate. Jesus said that before He returned, ALL Bible prophecy would be fulfilled – to the tiniest “jot and tittle” – (the two most insignificant characters in the Hebrew alphabet).

    In tracing Israel’s history from Babylon to the present, we see the incredible detail with which God keeps His Word. Although America continues to be Israel’s principle protector, and continues to enjoy the concomitant blessings that come with it, America’s good fortunes began to wane about the same time the White House forced Israel into the Oslo Agreement.

    The “land for peace” formula called for Israel to give up some of the land of Promise in exchange for peace. In other words, it was a form of blackmail whose terms were drawn up in Washington and forced upon Israel for the express purpose of undoing what God had already done, including dividing Jerusalem and taking part of it from the Jews.

    “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

    People can certainly deny any biblical connection, but the hard reality marches on with the growing shadow now falling across global society. Now it is America’s turn to discover just how serious God was about the whole “blessing and cursing” thing.

    And by the time circumstances force America to recognize the danger it faces, it will be too late to do anything to affect the outcome.

    “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My Mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it ” (Isaiah 55:11).