Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The attempted Al Qaeda bombing of cargo planes raises an important, disturbing question: How many trained Al Qaeda airline bombers are at large (excluding the recently released PLO/Hamas mass murderer and who-knows-how-many Hezbollah and Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps killers)?
Consider that the failed, Christmas Day underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdummutallab, told U.S. authorities after his capture that he had trained with some 20 other AQ terrorists in Yemen.
Minus him and the bomber who brought down the Ethiopian airliner off Beirut on January 25, that leaves around 18 more individuals ... plus a bombmaker or two ... all of whom surely have been honing their craft in the intervening months.
Turkey's crypto-Islamist, Iran-backing government, which U.S. President Barack Obama has embraced, emboldened, and encouraged, has for the first time listed Israel--a former strategic ally--as a serious threat. Click here for the story.
New Bomb Threat to Aircraft Comes 36 Years After Convicted PLO-Hamas Terrorist Destroyed TWA 841, Less than Two Years After His Release from a US Jail
UPDATE: 20 EXPLOSIVE DEVICES SUSPECTED TO BE EN ROUTE TO US
On September 8, 1974, TWA Flight 841 departed Tel Aviv en route to JFK International Airport with stops scheduled for Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy. After a 68 minute stop in Athens, the flight departed for Rome. But radio contact was lost 18 minutes after takeoff. The jet crashed into the Ionian Sea, and all 79 passengers and nine crew members were killed.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the crash was the detonation of an explosive device within the cargo compartment of the aircraft.
About six months before the crash, this reporter, then working for a national magazine, was told by the head of TWA's public relations department that he was increasingly concerned that the airline was not taking sufficient security precautions against possible terrorist attacks and hijackings. TWA, he explained, was the PLO's number one airline target after El Al because TWA was (a) a U.S. carrier and (b) the only U.S. airline with regular service to Israel.
Bombed Out of the Sky
He was right to be concerned: intelligence experts have determined that TWA 841 was bombed out of the sky and that one of the men responsible for the atrocity was a PLO/Black September terrorist, Khalid Al-Jawary, who was subsequently arrested, convicted, and imprisoned in the United States for his role in attempted car bombings. Incredibly, he was released last year from a U.S. prison after serving only half of a 30-year sentence. He received time off for good behavior, and was deported to Sudan.
Khalid Al-Jawary was let go 36 years after he placed bombs in two cars on New York City's Fifth Avenue and a third at Kennedy Airport that were timed to coincide with the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The bombs did not detonate. Al-Jawary was convicted of the crime in 1993.
In 2000, Al-Jawary claimed in a sworn statement to U.S. immigration officials that he was a member of the PLO and of Hamas.
He left the U.S. on February 26, 2009, and arrived in Sudan, after Algeria changed its mind about accepting him. He had wanted to go to Jordan, where his family lives, but Jordan did not agree to accept him.
Al-Jawary has dual citizenship in Jordan and Iraq.
He has refused to admit his involvement in any other terrorist incidents, but an AP investigation found that Al-Jawary may have been involved in a lethal letter-bombing campaign in addition to the bombing of TWA 841.
His release was an early sign that the Obama administration had decided to appease Palestinian Arab and Islamist terrorists in the context of downgrading the War on Terror to the level of a law enforcement challenge and narrowing the focus of the anti-terror struggle to defeating only Al Qaeda and so-called irreconcilable elements of the Taliban.
NBC Anchor of Appeasement Brian Williams Downplayed Terror Threat on Friday Nightly News; British Confirm Bomb Could Have Downed Plane
One comment on the story that has occupied our day, and forced us to do no fewer than five special reports on the television network: While we are expected to pass along stern Government warnings--delivered by officials with stern expressions, from the President on down, and including terms like "credible terrorist threat"--it's a bit tough to get past the fact that these appear to be copy machine toner cartriges with white powder on them. One of them has what appears to be the back of an AM pocket radio circuit board attached with three screws and some would-be fasteners.While it caused an international air cargo scare today, and while there is certainly a lot more we don't know, this story looks strange on the face of it. Our own Richard Engel, who knows Yemen and the region well, late today called this "an attempt to discombobulate." All day, Richard has been saying this reminds him of some fake IEDs he's seen planted by the side of the road in Iraq just to test the U.S. military response...in order to launch an attack the next time.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Irish Film Director George Clark Claims 1928 Silent Film Features Phone-Talking, Time Traveling Extra
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
American Jewish Philanthropist-Publisher-Investor Aryeh Rubin Reminds Historically Liberal US Jewish Community: 'Liberalism is Not Our Religion'
Aryeh Rubin's essay in The Jewish Week, one of America's most influential Jewish community newspapers, is a must-read. He writes:
I believe in equality for all. I support civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, universal health care, feeding the poor, social justice, separation of church and state, access to education, diversity, the arts, animal rights (I have not eaten meat or poultry in 33 years), and more. I marched against the war in Vietnam, protested the bombing in Cambodia, and advocated for affirmative action.In terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I met with the Palestinian leadership, including Yasir Arafat, as part of my peace activism. I believed, up to a point, in Oslo, and maintain that while a failure, it was not a mistake. I am hopeful that the two sides will keep talking until there is a deal.Still, I have not elevated liberalism to the status of religion. I do not blindly follow the liberal agenda and my convictions take a backseat to my commitment to the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the majority of U.S. Jews, who have substituted liberalism for Judaism and whose actions are often governed by misguided priorities. In lieu of traditional Jewish belief or value systems, many American Jews have adopted what is essentially a theology of universalism and tikkun olam, or social justice. In doing so, much of American Jewry has essentially become de-Judaicized.When the lives of my family, my friends, and my people are in jeopardy because we are Jewish, when there are very real threats to the continued existence of the State of Israel and by extension the Jewish people, when our enemies have declared that their intention is to annihilate us and are acquiring tools to this end with the world standing by, then my pro-humanist beliefs give way to my commitment to the sanctity and security of Israel and the Jewish people.American Jewry’s loyalty to the liberal political dogma is disturbing when things are going well for the Jews. But when things are not going well, this behavior is self-destructive and helps our enemies.
Rubin is the managing director of The Maot Group, an investment boutique in Miami, and president of the Targum Shlishi Foundation. Continue reading his essay here.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Confidential Reporter is a former managing editor of The Jewish Week and a former business partner of one of Rubin's oldest friends--a media and public affairs expert, now living in Israel's capital, Jerusalem, with whom Confidential Reporter first worked more than four decades ago when they were both active members of the American branch of Betar, the Zionist youth movement founded by Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Neither Rubin nor The Jewish Week have any connection with China Confidential, a conservative-leaning, foreign affairs blog that has relentlessly exposed and analyzed the Obama administration's attempts to appease and actually align with Islamist Iran (and Islamism in general) in the context of (a) an odious outreach to the so-called Muslim world and (b) an obsession with forcing Israel to withdraw to indefensible borders in order to create an irredentist and almost certainly Islamist Palestinian Arab state.
"The aggression recently shown by North Korea against South Korea may be just the start of a dangerous period with that rogue nation. North Korea has begun a leadership transition that, if history is any judge, could be violent and destructive for its neighbors and adversaries."
Robert K. Ackerman, North Korean Threat Looms Large
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Gordon Chang, an expert on the political instability of China, says Beijing is betting on Kim Jong Il's 64-year-old brother-in-law, Jang Song Thaek, to head a collective (Chinese-style) North Korean leadership. Click here to read Chang's provocative and original analysis.
Not for nothing is North Korea's new ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, tied to Jang Song Thaek.
ARMED UNITS TO GET MAJOR WEAPONS UPGRADES
BRITISH POLICE PREPARING FOR MUMBAI-STYLE GUN ATTACKS
Monday, October 25, 2010
Emboldened and encouraged by Obama and Carter....
ISLAMIST RULERS OF GAZA VOW TO CONQUER ISRAELI CITIES
"Countries in the Sahel and Sahara regions have recently questioned Algeria’s commitment to eradicate terrorism ... because of the Algerian Army's “controlled military engagement” against Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). While Mauritania, Niger and Mali have openly criticized the Algerian policy in the Sahel, Washington has been silent over such sensitive national security matter. The American administration’s low key approach in addressing Algiers stance on key issues related to American interests have raised eye brows in the region and has lead some observers to wonder if Washington has been adopting a “policy of appeasement” toward Algeria."
The marauding mass murderer, another all-too-real villain out of a comic book or an old action-adventure movie, is known as the "Emir of the South," and he is reportedly poised to take over Al Qaeda in NW Africa. Click here for the story.
What a world Western policies aimed at appeasing--and manipulating--radical Islam have wrought: medieval monsters and bloodthirsty pirates pillage and plunder, massacre and maim, and plot and plan the West's doom. More than nine years after 9/11, the rabid creatures who should have been annihilated in but instead were merely pushed out of Afghanistan are poised to take back that backward country--in which the United States should never have intervened in the first place--while retaining control of lawless, tribal regions in neighboring, nuclear-armed Pakistan. Their agents and operatives roam across Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America--and can even be found in the U.S., thanks to a suicidal culture of political correctness and the influence of pro-appeasement and borderline treasonous, liberal media outlets.
What a world appeasement--and engagement--have wrought.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A question (one of many) that no liberal reporter will ever ask Barack Obama:
Mr. President, in the years leading up to World War II, the leaders of Britain and France made the mistake of appeasing Nazi Germany. They foolishly accepted Hitler's false assurances that Germany sought only limited territorial gains in Europe and had no interest in conquering the continent (or the world). But believing Hitler and his Nazi henchmen (and their supporters and sympathizers in England and France) proved to be a fatal error. Instead of preserving the peace in Europe, appeasement of an evil dictatorship bent on overthrowing the status quo made war with Germany inevitable--on Germany's terms.
You presumably know this history, Mr. President--the history of appeasement, including the lesson of the Munich Pact, which Winston Churchill described as "a disaster of the first magnitude." Yet, you have inexplicably persisted in making engagement of nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran a foundation of your foreign policy. Inexplicably persisted, because, after nearly two years in office, Iran is more belligerent and closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons. And Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unlike the German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, who lied about his real intentions when making his territorial demands, has boldly declared that he aims to overthrow the world order. Destroying Israel and expelling the United States from the Middle East--if not also destroying the United States--in line with his repeated vows of annihilation and his habit of musing openly about a "world without America and Zionism"--are clearly part of Ahmadinejad's global plan.
Given the above, Mr. President, how can you cling to a policy of engagement--a term that many observers interpret as appeasement of and, worse, actual, attempted alignment with Islamist Iran? The prewar leaders of Britain and France appeased but never tried to align with Nazi Germany.
More medieval news--here and here--from the nuclear-arming, monstrous mullahocracy that America's appeaser-in-chief is still bent on engaging (Obama code for actually aligning with as well as appeasing).
As reported here, North Korea appears to be moving ahead with plans for another nuclear test.
China Confidential expects Pyongyang to again provoke the international community by detonating an atomic device on or about November 11, in order to mar the Veterans Day holiday in the United States. If the test is delayed for technical reasons, it could take place on or about Thursday, November 25, in order to overshadow the nation's long, Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The secretive, Stalinist/Kimist/criminal state has a history of staging its provocations on U.S. holidays. The North's first nuclear test took place on Columbus Day; its second test, on Memorial Day; and its menacing missile test, on July 4 (Independence Day).
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Countdown to catastrophe.
For his reelection bid, America's appeaser-in-chief appears to be counting on Iran's maniac-in-chief. More specifically, U.S. President Barack Obama is hoping that Iran, which is closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons, will neither declare itself a nuclear weapons state nor detonate an atomic device prior to November 2012.
Obama, who has built an utterly failed foreign policy around idiotic Iran engagement (Obama code for appeasement of and attempts to actually align with the monstrous mullahocracy) and "Muslim world" outreach, knows that he will surely be blamed if his adversary formally crosses the nuclear line the way its Stalinist/Kimist partner in nuclear and missile crimes, North Korea, did after the international community failed to stop its atomic advance. But Obama believes that Iran, which brazenly proclaims that it intends to overthrow the world order, will tacitly support his administration in order to prevent a Republican from coming to power.
Obama could effectively also be counting on Al Qaeda's cooperation for 2012. A significant terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland would instantly ruin Obama's chances for a second term; and while the Islamist terror group is expected to strike Europe--specifically, France, Germany, and the UK--any day now, Bin Laden and Co., like Ahmadinejad and his mad mullahs and atomic ayataollah, may elect to keep Al Qaeda's powder dry with respect to the "Great Satan" in order to facilitate a further U.S. downgrading of the War on Terror.
True, Obama's relentless drone attacks have hurt AQ and the Taliban in Pakistan. But the enemy, taking the long view, probably prefers to keep America's party of appeasement in power. Moreover, in addition to giving Obama a respite (Democrats will argue that appeasement preserves the peace in American cities) temporarily confining Islamist swarming assaults and suicide and vehicular bombings to Europe will provide Al Qaeda and associated groups with useful experience and knowledge ahead of launching a U.S. terror offensive.
On the other hand, the leaders of Al Qaeda (unlike Obama's adoring, American media flunkies) understand that they are in a kind of competition with the Muslim-born President--whom millions of Muslims regard as one of their own in spite of his Christian identification--for leadership of the so-called Muslim world. So the terrorists may seek to step up efforts to slaughter innocent Americans in the name of Islam with the aim of triggering a huge anti-Muslim backlash. Historically speaking, radicals typically try to make matters worse for their own people in order to radicalize them.
Will the terrorists give Obama a break? Nobody knows the answer to that question, except, perhaps, the terrorist chiefs. I say perhaps because it is quite possible, if not highly probable, that radical Islam's mass murdering masterminds are themselves still debating strategy and tactics regarding the U.S.
This much is certain: as shown by 9/11, those who plot and plan America's doom must be stopped--meaning, hunted down and killed--before they can execute their evil plans.
The world is a safer place when it is the terrorists--and their state sponsors--instead of their intended victims, who live in constant fear of being obliterated.
Friday, October 22, 2010
WORSE THAN CARTER'S IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS
CHAVEZ ASSURES AHMADINEJAD AND ASSAD VENEZUELA WILL AID IRAN-HEZBOLLAH ASSAULTS ON US, ISRAELI 'INTERESTS' IF IRAN IS ATTACKED
Exclusive Early Warning.
China Confidential analysts monitoring the Hugo Chavez New World Order Tour--click here and here for the news reports--say the Venezuelan strongman assured the presidents of Iran and Syria that if Iran comes under attack by the United States or Israel, his government will make every effort possible to facilitate retaliatory attacks on American, Israeli--and Jewish community--"interests" by Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah operatives presently stationed in Venezuela.
Venezuela-based IRGC-Hezbollah reprisals could include a wide range of war crimes and atrocities, including but not limited to: attacks with weapons of mass destruction--meaning, biological, chemical, and radiological bombs--suicide bombings by individual terrorists; massive truck and car bomb attacks; coordinated, Mumbai-style swarming assaults; kamikaze-style aircraft attacks; and Scud-in-a-bucket-style, ballistic missile strikes launched from containerized systems concealed aboard cargo ships flying flags of convenience.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Further confirmation--click here for the story.
China Confidential believes North Korea could be planning to detonate an atomic device on or about November 11 in order to upstage and overshadow Veterans Day, an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans that is also celebrated as Armistice Day because it falls on the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Click here for the story, and here to read what China Confidential predicted on October 6.
China Confidential is the only media outlet that accurately forecast both North Korean nuclear tests, including predicting the exact dates on which the tests would occur.
Iran's atomic energy chief says his country has increased its enriched uranium stockpile despite international opposition.
Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that Iran now has 30 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, almost double the amount reported in June.
Salehi also said Iran has discovered "good vein deposits" at a uranium mine in the southern city of Bandar Abbas. He said the country is "preparing for extractions."
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
NEWS CONFIRMS OBAMA POLICY OF APPEASEMENT
AND ATTEMPTING TO ACTUALLY ALIGN WITH IRAN
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS IRAN HAS ROLE TO PLAY
Monday, October 18, 2010
AL QAEDA ALLY WARNS DUTCH
Will EU and US appeasers and liberals back the Taliban?
Yes they will, say China Confidential analysts; the Left is ironically and hopelessly in bed with right-wing political Islam, cynically and stupidly seeing the clerical fascist creed as a useful ally in the Left's long war against capitalism and American power and influence. Leftists and liberals also regard Islam as a Third World faith--the religion of the poor and the underprivileged--and thus support atrocities and barbaric acts carried out in its name.
Not since the Hitler-Stalin pact have so many so-called progressives behaved so badly.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a whole host of Islamists, neo-Nazis, and assorted anti-Semites and America-bashers must be overjoyed.
The AMC cable TV network's Rubicon, the critically acclaimed spy series, wrapped up tonight; and the season finale is a conspiracy monger's wet dream.
"Everything points to Iran," a character at a fictional, U.S. intelligence agency, API, says regarding a major terrorist strike on the U.S. homeland.
Trouble is, the API chief is the real villain--a key member of an invisible government that secretly masterminded the attack and, one presumes, possibly, even, the mega-attacks of 9/11.
The ... American ... evil-doers' motives? Greed--meaning, manipulation of the oil and other markets--and, in the case of Rubicon's fictional atrocity, framing Iran in order to start a war.
Incredibly, one of the bad guys, a sadistic, former CIA "black ops" assassin, is named Bloom; and it transpires that the presumably Jewish killer--who dies trying to knock off the show's hero--kept a secret apartment in Brooklyn, "among the Hasids," in order to stay in touch with his roots.
Ignored by Liberal Media: Israeli PM's Policy Speech at Bar-Ilan Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
"In my vision of peace, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government."
Honored guests, citizens of Israel.
Peace has always been our people's most ardent desire. Our prophets gave the world the vision of peace, we greet one another with wishes of peace, and our prayers conclude with the word peace.
We are gathered this evening in an institution named for two pioneers of peace, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, and we share in their vision.
Two and half months ago, I took the oath of office as the Prime Minister of Israel. I pledged to establish a national unity government - and I did. I believed and I still believe that unity was essential for us now more than ever as we face three immense challenges - the Iranian threat, the economic crisis, and the advancement of peace.
The Iranian threat looms large before us, as was further demonstrated yesterday. The greatest danger confronting Israel, the Middle East, the entire world and human race, is the nexus between radical Islam and nuclear weapons. I discussed this issue with President Obama during my recent visit to Washington, and I will raise it again in my meetings next week with European leaders. For years, I have been working tirelessly to forge an international alliance to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Confronting a global economic crisis, the government acted swiftly to stabilize Israel's economy. We passed a two year budget in the government - and the Knesset will soon approve it.
And the third challenge, so exceedingly important, is the advancement of peace. I also spoke about this with President Obama, and I fully support the idea of a regional peace that he is leading.
I share the President's desire to bring about a new era of reconciliation in our region. To this end, I met with President Mubarak in Egypt, and King Abdullah in Jordan, to elicit the support of these leaders in expanding the circle of peace in our region. I turn to all Arab leaders tonight and I say: "Let us meet. Let us speak of peace and let us make peace." I am ready to meet with you at any time. I am willing to go to Damascus, to Riyadh, to Beirut, to any place - including Jerusalem.
I call on the Arab countries to cooperate with the Palestinians and with us to advance an economic peace. An economic peace is not a substitute for a political peace, but an important element to achieving it. Together, we can undertake projects to overcome the scarcities of our region, like water desalination or to maximize its advantages, like developing solar energy, or laying gas and petroleum lines, and transportation links between Asia, Africa and Europe.
The economic success of the Gulf States has impressed us all and it has impressed me. I call on the talented entrepreneurs of the Arab world to come and invest here and to assist the Palestinians - and us - in spurring the economy. Together, we can develop industrial areas that will generate thousands of jobs and create tourist sites that will attract millions of visitors eager to walk in the footsteps of history - in Nazareth and in Bethlehem, around the walls of Jericho and the walls of Jerusalem, on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and the baptismal site of the Jordan. There is an enormous potential for archeological tourism, if we can only learn to cooperate and to develop it.
I turn to you, our Palestinian neighbors, led by the Palestinian Authority, and I say: Let's begin negotiations immediately without preconditions.
Israel is obligated by its international commitments and expects all parties to keep their commitments. We want to live with you in peace, as good neighbors. We want our children and your children to never again experience war: that parents, brothers and sisters will never again know the agony of losing loved ones in battle; that our children will be able to dream of a better future and realize that dream; and that together we will invest our energies in plowshares and pruning hooks, not swords and spears.
I know the face of war. I have experienced battle. I lost close friends, I lost a brother. I have seen the pain of bereaved families. I do not want war. No one in Israel wants war.
If we join hands and work together for peace, there is no limit to the development and prosperity we can achieve for our two peoples - in the economy, agriculture, trade, tourism and education - most importantly, in providing our youth a better world in which to live, a life full of tranquility, creativity, opportunity and hope.
If the advantages of peace are so evident, we must ask ourselves why peace remains so remote, even as our hand remains outstretched to peace? Why has this conflict continued for more than sixty years?
In order to bring an end to the conflict, we must give an honest and forthright answer to the question: What is the root of the conflict?
In his speech to the first Zionist Conference in Basel, the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, said about the Jewish national home "This idea is so big that we must speak of it only in the simplest terms." Today, I will speak about the immense challenge of peace in the simplest words possible.
Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.
In 1947, when the United Nations proposed the partition plan of a Jewish state and an Arab state, the entire Arab world rejected the resolution. The Jewish community, by contrast, welcomed it by dancing and rejoicing. The Arabs rejected any Jewish state, in any borders.
Those who think that the continued enmity toward Israel is a product of our presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is confusing cause and consequence. The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel's independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of the Six-Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel. All this occurred during the fifty years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria.
Fortunately, Egypt and Jordan left this circle of enmity. The signing of peace treaties have brought about an end to their claims against Israel, an end to the conflict. But to our regret, this is not the case with the Palestinians. The closer we get to an agreement with them, the further they retreat and raise demands that are inconsistent with a true desire to end the conflict.
Many good people have told us that withdrawal from territories is the key to peace with the Palestinians. Well, we withdrew. But the fact is that every withdrawal was met with massive waves of terror, by suicide bombers and thousands of missiles.
We tried to withdraw with an agreement and without an agreement. We tried a partial withdrawal and a full withdrawal. In 2000 and again last year, Israel proposed an almost total withdrawal in exchange for an end to the conflict, and twice our offers were rejected. We evacuated every last inch of the Gaza strip, we uprooted tens of settlements and evicted of Israelis from their homes, and in response, we received a hail of missiles on our cities, towns and children.
The claim that territorial withdrawals will bring peace with the Palestinians, or at least advance peace, has up till now not stood the test of reality. In addition to this, Hamas in the south, like Hizbullah in the north, repeatedly proclaims their commitment to "liberate" the Israeli cities of Ashkelon, Beersheba, Acre and Haifa.
Territorial withdrawals have not lessened the hatred, and to our regret, Palestinian moderates are not yet ready to say the simple words: Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and it will stay that way.
Achieving peace will require courage and candor from both sides, and not only from the Israeli side. The Palestinian leadership must arise and say: "Enough of this conflict. We recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in this land, and we are prepared to live beside you in true peace."
I am yearning for that moment, for when Palestinian leaders say those words to our people and to their people, then a path will be opened to resolving all the problems between our peoples, no matter how complex they may be. Therefore, a fundamental prerequisite for ending the conflict is a public, binding and unequivocal Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. To vest this declaration with practical meaning, there must also be a clear understanding that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside Israel's borders. For it is clear that any demand for resettling Palestinian refugees within Israel undermines Israel's continued existence as the state of the Jewish people.
The Palestinian refugee problem must be solved, and it can be solved, as we ourselves proved in a similar situation. Tiny Israel successfully absorbed hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees who left their homes and belongings in Arab countries. Therefore, justice and logic demand that the Palestinian refugee problem be solved outside Israel's borders. On this point, there is a broad national consensus. I believe that with goodwill and international investment, this humanitarian problem can be permanently resolved.
So far I have spoken about the need for Palestinians to recognize our rights. In am moment, I will speak openly about our need to recognize their rights. But 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. True, for 2000 years the Jewish people suffered expulsions, pogroms, blood libels, and massacres which culminated in a Holocaust - a suffering which has no parallel in human history. There are those who say that if the Holocaust had not occurred, the state of Israel would never have been established. 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.
As Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed in Israel's Declaration of Independence: "The Jewish people arose in the land of Israel and it was here that its spiritual, religious and political character was shaped. Here they attained their sovereignty, and here they bequeathed to the world their national and cultural treasures, and the most eternal of books."
But we must also tell the truth in its entirety: within this homeland lives a large Palestinian community. We do not want to rule over them, we do not want to govern their lives, we do not want to impose either our flag or our culture on them.
In my vision of peace, in this small land of ours, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government. Neither will threaten the security or survival of the other. These two realities - our connection to the land of Israel, and the Palestinian population living within it - have created deep divisions in Israeli society. But the truth is that we have much more that unites us than divides us.
I have come tonight to give expression to that unity, and to the principles of peace and security on which there is broad agreement within Israeli society. These are the principles that guide our policy. This policy must take into account the international situation that has recently developed. We must recognize this reality and at the same time stand firmly on those principles essential for Israel.
I have already stressed the first principle - recognition. Palestinians must clearly and unambiguously recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people.
The second principle is: demilitarization. The territory under Palestinian control must be demilitarized with ironclad security provisions for Israel. Without these two conditions, there is a real danger that an armed Palestinian state would emerge that would become another terrorist base against the Jewish state, such as the one in Gaza. We don't want Kassam rockets on Petach Tikva, Grad rockets on Tel Aviv, or missiles on Ben-Gurion airport. We want peace.
In order to achieve peace, we must ensure that Palestinians will not be able to import missiles into their territory, to field an army, to close their airspace to us, or to make pacts with the likes of Hizbullah and Iran. On this point as well, there is wide consensus within Israel. It is impossible to expect us to agree in advance to the principle of a Palestinian state without assurances that this state will be demilitarized. On a matter so critical to the existence of Israel, we must first have our security needs addressed.
Therefore, today we ask our friends in the international community, led by the United States, for what is critical to the security of Israel: Clear commitments that in a future peace agreement, the territory controlled by the Palestinians will be demilitarized: namely, without an army, without control of its airspace, and with effective security measures to prevent weapons smuggling into the territory - real monitoring, and not what occurs in Gaza today. And obviously, the Palestinians will not be able to forge military pacts. Without this, sooner or later, these territories will become another Hamastan. And that we cannot accept.
I told President Obama when I was in Washington that if we could agree on the substance, then the terminology would not pose a problem. And here is the substance that I now state clearly:
If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitirization and Israel's security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the State of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state.
Regarding the remaining important issues that will be discussed as part of the final settlement, my positions are known: Israel needs defensible borders, and Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel with continued religious freedom for all faiths. The territorial question will be discussed as part of the final peace agreement. In the meantime, we have no intention of building new settlements or of expropriating additional land for existing settlements.
But there is a need to enable the residents to live normal lives, to allow mothers and fathers to raise their children like families elsewhere. The settlers are neither the enemies of the people nor the enemies of peace. Rather, they are an integral part of our people, a principled, pioneering and Zionist public.
Unity among us is essential and will help us achieve reconciliation with our neighbors. That reconciliation must already begin by altering existing realities. I believe that a strong Palestinian economy will strengthen peace.
If the Palestinians turn toward peace - in fighting terror, in strengthening governance and the rule of law, in educating their children for peace and in stopping incitement against Israel - we will do our part in making every effort to facilitate freedom of movement and access, and to enable them to develop their economy. All of this will help us advance a peace treaty between us.
Above all else, the Palestinians must decide between the path of peace and the path of Hamas. The Palestinian Authority will have to establish the rule of law in Gaza and overcome Hamas. Israel will not sit at the negotiating table with terrorists who seek their destruction. Hamas will not even allow the Red Cross to visit our kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who has spent three years in captivity, cut off from his parents, his family and his people. We are committed to bringing him home, healthy and safe.
With a Palestinian leadership committed to peace, with the active participation of the Arab world, and the support of the United States and the international community, there is no reason why we cannot achieve a breakthrough to peace.
Our people have already proven that we can do the impossible. Over the past 61 years, while constantly defending our existence, we have performed wonders.
Our microchips are powering the world's computers. Our medicines are treating diseases once considered incurable. Our drip irrigation is bringing arid lands back to life across the globe. And Israeli scientists are expanding the boundaries of human knowledge. If only our neighbors would respond to our call - peace too will be in our reach.
I call on the leaders of the Arab world and on the Palestinian leadership, let us continue together on the path of Menahem Begin and Anwar Sadat, Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein. Let us realize the vision of the prophet Isaiah, who in Jerusalem 2700 years ago said: "nations shall not lift up sword against nation, and they shall learn war no more."
With God's help, we will know no more war. We will know peace.