Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Phrase Netanyahu Could Have Employed

In his speech last Sunday, when relating to the activity of renewing a Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said:

...let me first say that the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel has lasted for more than 3500 years. Judea and Samaria, the places where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, David and Solomon, and Isaiah and Jeremiah lived, are not alien to us. This is the land of our forefathers.

The right of the Jewish people to a state in the land of Israel does not derive from the catastrophes that have plagued our people...But I say that if the state of Israel would have been established earlier, the Holocaust would not have occured.

This tragic history of powerlessness explains why the Jewish people need a sovereign power of self-defense. But our right to build our sovereign state here, in the land of Israel, arises from one simple fact: this is the homeland of the Jewish people, this is where our identity was forged.

Since Abraham Lincoln is a favorite of President Obama, he could have used this phrase from the Emancipation Proclamation appropriately adapted to our reality in describing the act of Jews to live in their land, make it flourish:

“upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgement of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God”.

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