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Netanyahu Invokes Herzl’s Vision on Eve of Kerry’s Visit

Kerry has great timing. He comes to Israel hours after the anniversary of the death of the founder of Zionism, giving Netanyahu the opportunity to state there is no peace without security.
The memory of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was invoked by Netanyahu tor remind everyone that there is no peace without security

The memory of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was invoked by Netanyahu tor remind everyone that there is no peace without security

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a clear message to Jews and the United States on Thursday, the 109th anniversary of the death of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, that there is no peace without security.

“Peace is based on security,” said the Prime Minister. It is not based on goodwill and legitimacy as is believed. It is based, first of all, on our ability to defend ourselves.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kelly is n Jordan on Thursday prior to talks on Friday and Saturday with Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Netanyahu have made every effort prior to his arrival to justify their positions, and the memorial ceremony for Herzl was a golden gift of timing for Israel.

Kerry is carrying with him the coffin of the peace process that the United States has been treating as a live animal since its inception more than 20 years ago. Netanyahu’s speech emphasized security and did not even hint about the status of Jerusalem or of borders for a Palestinian Authority state.

Without security, without the army, the establishment of which Herzl called for, we will be unable to defend the peace, we will be unable to defend ourselves if the peace frays. A basic condition for the existence of peace, for achieving it and for preserving it is security,” he declared.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also cast aside illusions of the international community that satisfying Arab world demands will change attitudes towards Jews and Israel.

“Let no one among us delude him or herself that if we make a peace agreement with the Palestinians, that this agreement would eliminate the wild defamation of the state of the Jews. What has been the lot of the Jews beforehand, for generations, today is the lot of the state of the Jews. Peace is desirable in and of itself,” he said.

Kerry began his 10-day Middle East and Asian junket last Friday, arriving in Doha. Except for India, his stop-off points have been in countries directly related to the Iranian nuclear threat, the Syrian civil war and the Arab-Israel conflict.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “Netanyahu Invokes Herzl’s Vision on Eve of Kerry’s Visit”

  1. Abi Carmen says:

    Netanyahu, prior to Kerry's visit: There is no Peace without Security.

  2. Abi Carmen says:

    Netanyahu, prior to Kerry's visit: There is no Peace without Security.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I pleaded with all of you not to vote for President Obama. I did not support him in the primaries and find him an extremely weak leader.. I don't ask for your agreement but merely point out that I believe Israel needs the protection of the U.S. and that America is losing its prestige throughout the world. Many of you no doubt disagree but I believe the world is laughing at us. We cannot even retrieve a spy who went from China to Russia. Our military and non military secrets are known throughout the world. While our economy seems solid I fear this will not last until the end of the Obama administration. Families are feeling the pain of Obamacare. Small businesses are failing and young families and seniors are struggling. It is amazing how this president doesn't seem to know how to cross the aisle. You may say things were not better under Bush, to this I answer I did not vote for him. I don't know if Romney would have been better but this country is in trouble domestically and internationally. The American population is indeed ignorant in that they continue to elect the same political hacks repeatedly.

    Add to the list Obama's attempt today to dismiss the Snowden as an unimportant incident unworthy of his attention. Here is one of the press reports from Senegal:

    "Obama said he won't engage in "wheeling, dealing and trading" to get Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage, extradited to the USA. "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get to a 29-year-old hacker," he said."

    In reality, Snowden is more than a "29 year old Hacker." He has done more damage to America's ability to prevent terrorists before they strike than any other former government employee. The Russians have gone through his laptops. For all we know, the names of American undercover agents are now known to them, but Obama dismisses the Snowden affair as inconsequential.

    Obama's batting average has been perfect recently, one mishap after another. Ask yourself, who knows more about conducting foreign affairs in a time of real danger, Obama, who got his training as a community organizer, or Putin, the former KJ B officer. This country allows people to have massive pensions while others live in poverty seeking food and medicine. I don't have the answer but certainly this is something to think about during the three weeks.

    America is in trouble and the walls seem to be tumbling down. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMER PRESIDENT , RABBIS FOR ROMNEY.

  4. Yes it seems that every decision Obama makes regarding business in the US is aimed at it's demise. The Bible says there will be a one world government soon, so it makes sense that were seeing the decline of the US in many area's.

  5. Annie Barron says:

    I did not vote for Obama. Kerry must be after some sort of book deal or something to be so ridiculous as to think that Gaza will ever be peaceful; Iran and Russia are not going to allow anyone to live peacefully anywhere (you can include China, Syria, Egypt, etc.). I am laughing at the leaders of the U.S. also. It's to the point of being past dangerous. There is a terrorism alert around the world for traveling; the Embassies are all under red alert; and this is not a time to go around trying to make peace with people who plan to kill everyone they can. Recently, the Syrians have made a pact with Iran (which includes the Gaza Strip and West Bank problem with the idea of the 1967 borders) to continue this farce and bring down the U.S. currency (continued wars while they are getting money from the U.S. through foreign aid). It's ridiculous to pay Egypt when they are aligned with Iran. The Islamic nations do not plan for peace unless you submit to Islam; and even then you or anyone else would be second class citizens since you are not Arab (and a particular Imam is also part of this fight – the black flag Islamics who are in contact with their Imam which is the same – or not – because who can believe a liar? Obama told Puttin before this last election that he would help him (Russia). I would say that is just what Snowden was all about. Anyway, I just pray that some people understand that it's not your religion, your political party, nor where you live that is the truth; it's what you say and do – either you tell the truth and live the truth or you are a liar – no matter who you are or how much $ you have. Gog and Magog, the Battle of Meddigo, Eziekel 38 – 39; Daniel, etc…it's going to happen no matter what anyone does. But, I just want to be on G-d's side. G-d Bless Israel; and I am a Christian, with prayers for all people. I just know; I read the book; it has a definite ending.

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