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For Prime Minister Olmert and Likud leader Netanyahu, Iran must take center stage

by Daniel Smajovits (writer), , December 02, 2006

"It's 1938, Iran is Germany, and it's racing to arm itself with the Atomic Bomb."

For the 5,000 plus attendees gathered in Los Angeles, California this past week for the United Jewish Communities General Assembly, it was that one quote, repeated numerous times by Former Israeli Prime Minister, and Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu which shook the foundations of the L.A. Convention Center.

Keeping in line with the overall theme of the conference,"One People, One Destiny," Netanyahu warned the audience gathered from all over North America and the world that if Iran is not taken seriously, the destruction of Israel is only the first step in the plan of Iran's Militant Islamic government. "[The West] think this is a Jewish problem they [Iran] don't hate the West because of Israel, they [Iran] hate Israel because of the West."

Netanyahu stated that the world is in need of "preemptive leadership," citing the actions of Israel in 1967 which led to the Six Day War."You can never prove to people what the situation would have been if you did not preempt," he said. "Preemption requires vision and will, the will to take a chance, the leader has to take a chances. All ways must be considered and all ways must be employed. No one will defend the Jews if the Jews do not defend themselves."

"Can we get the United States to act on its commitment?," Netanyahu asked the audience "A commitment made by President George W. Bush: "We will not let Iran arm itself with Nuclear Weapons." He called out to all the Jews in attendance to press the issue that Iran is not an isolated problem, and it is a common foe for the entire world. "Everyone in their right mind should support that commitment [Made by President George W. Bush]."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert delivered the final keynote address on the last day of the three day conference, and on the subject of Iran, his comments paralleled that of Netanyahu."Our actions will be measured by results, not intentions," said Olmert. "Our integrity will remain intact only if we prevent Iran's vicious goals, not if we try our best but fail."

Much like Netanyahu, Olmert stated that the United States and President George W. Bush, are â"True friends of Israel." His speech was given only days after his meeting in Washington D.C. with the President, and he said that the international community must support the United States and their "indisputable" leadership in order to successfully "diffuse these mortal threats".

Despite discussing Iran for a short part of his 31 minute speech, Olmert left attendees with a message that Israel will not back down to this threat. "We did not choose this responsibility, but the burden is ours. We cannot, we will not, we shall not shy away from confronting this challenge. We will not tolerate those who challenge Israelâ's right to exist."

Midway though his address, Prime Minister Olmert paused in order to bring Karnit Goldwasser to the stage. Karnit is the wife of Ehud Goldwasser, one of three captured Israeli soldiers. Ehud and Eldad Regev were captured by Hezbollah during the war in Lebanon while Gilad Shalit is being held by Palestinian militants after his capture in July. "There is nothing more important to me than bringing our three heroes back home," said Olmert."I promise you [Karnit] that Israel will do, that I will do the utmost to bring back our dear sons, and bring Udi back to your arms."

Additionally, Olmert stated that Israel "stood up to the challengeâ" when referring to the war in Lebanon this summer, and that their soldiers fought with "resilience and heroism." As well as Olmert admitted that "many lessons that must be drawn from this war" and that Israel will "correct whatever is needed."

Olmert also touched on Israel's economy and its recent successes which drew numerous cheers from the attendees. "Israel has the highest number of scientists per capita in the world, our advancements in high tech sector groups our population amongst the most innovative in the world. International investment in the Israeli economy tripled this year, to a record high of 20 billion dollars."

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Daniel Smajovits is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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3 comments on For Prime Minister Olmert and Likud leader Netanyahu, Iran must take center stage

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By Steven Lane on December 02, 2006 at 05:12 pm
Very well written and informative.
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By Daniel on December 02, 2006 at 08:43 pm
Great article...incredibly interesting. Felt like I was reading from the Times, or JPost
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By TonyBerkman on October 22, 2011 at 02:50 am

Excellent article. Thank G_d for Gilad Shalit return home.

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