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NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE


From Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 20:

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Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
And these are not mere notions.
They are the things that over time and against all odds, have proven to be over and over again the only ground in which human rights, political stability, and economic prosperity, may flourish.
These values are not proprietary,
They do not belong to one people or one nation.
Nor are they a finite resource.
On the contrary, the wider they are spread, the stronger they grow.
Likewise, when they are threatened anywhere, they are threatened everywhere.
And who threatens them, or more precisely, what today threatens the societies that embrace such values and the progress they nurture?
Those who often begin by hating the Jews.
But, history shows us, end up hating anyone who is not like them.
Those forces, which have threatened the State of Israel every single day of its existence, and which, as 9-11 graphically showed us today, threatens all of us.
And so, we either stand up for our values and our interests here in Israel, stand up for the existence of a free, democratic and distinctively Jewish state, or the retreat of our values and our interests in the world will begin.

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9 comments on “NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE

  1. I’d heard that this speech was a good one. I’d say, from this excerpt, that it was, indeed. Thanks for posting this.

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    • Thanks Linda. We need more strong people to stand for the good of all. Hate is so pervasive. First the Jews, then the Catholics, blacks, political parties, gays, even the obese. Not necessarily in that order. Frightening how it grows.

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  2. It sounds like Prime Minister Harper may have been suggesting to the Israelis that human rights do not just belong to them but ought to be applied to the Palestinians as well.

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    • That is exactly the message I got out of it. Let us hope anyway!

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    • Hello Joan,
      The Palestinians have not been served well by their leadership. If you remember, Yassar Afafat turned down Ehud Barak and Israel’s offer for their “state.” Until the Arab world and the Palestinians, in particular, accept Israel’s statehood, the problems will persist. That needs to be the first step. Everything else is secondary. When the scuds stop coming in daily to the small Israeli towns in the north, then more progress will be made.

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  3. “And so, we either stand up for our values and our interests here in Israel, stand up for the existence of a free, democratic and distinctively Jewish state”
    I would be even happier if that statement had also included Palestine. Perhaps it did when he also said,
    “These values are not proprietary,
    They do not belong to one people or one nation.”

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  4. Indeed Harper did send a veiled message about Palestine and Palestinians in his address to the Knesset. For that he is to be commended. Too bad, however, that at home he is closer to the Tea Party than to our true Canadian values.

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    • That was quite clear to me as well. I’m sorry that some did not interpret it in the same way. The Tea Party movement will be getting quite active here during the election buildup! I expect to have at least a few e-mails telling me how far right they are! Better taken with a grain of salt.

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