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What 1961 can teach us about 2016

What 1961 can teach us about 2016 Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Israel, Speeches, United Nations, Updates    

It's particularly worthwhile from time to time, in an effort to better understand the core issues in the conflict, to revisit key source materials and policy statements during the period after the 1948 War of Independence and before the Six Day War of 1967 - before the IDF controlled even a centimetre of land in the "occupied territories".

Of these, then-Foreign Minister Golda Meir's address to the Special Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1961 is surely a standout. Coming just 13 years after the creation of the state, Meir's address serves as a crucial policy statement during this period in Israel's early history.

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John Howard comments on Israel, the Middle East

John Howard comments on Israel, the Middle East Categories: Australasia, Events, Israel, Speeches    

The former Prime Minister John Howard spoke at a dinner in Sydney conferring upon him AIJAC's Distinguished Leadership Award, attended by 280 supporters on November 29.

He was introduced by AIJAC National Chairman Mark Leibler at the function MC'ed by AIJAC's NSW Chairman Barry Smorgon, received his award from Frank Lowy and a vote of thanks from AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein.

Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks to the UN General Assembly

Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks to the UN General Assembly Categories: Israel, Middle East, Speeches, United Nations    

Ladies and gentlemen, Israel has extended its hand in peace from the moment it was established 63 years ago. On behalf of Israel and the Jewish people, I extend that hand again today. I extend it to the people of Egypt and Jordan, with renewed friendship for neighbors with whom we have made peace. I extend it to the people of Turkey, with respect and good will. I extend it to the people of Libya and Tunisia, with admiration for those trying to build a democratic future. I extend it to the other peoples of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, with whom we want to forge a new beginning. I extend it to the people of Syria, Lebanon and Iran, with awe at the courage of those fighting brutal repression.

But most especially, I extend my hand to the Palestinian people, with whom we seek a just and lasting peace.


US President Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly

US President Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly Categories: International Security, Middle East, Speeches, United Nations, United States    

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the United Nations - the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world.

War and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilization. But in the first part of the 20th century, the advance of modern weaponry led to death on a staggering scale. It was this killing that compelled the founders of this body to build an institution that was focused not just on ending one war, but on averting others; a union of sovereign states that would seek to prevent conflict, while also addressing its causes.


PA President Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly

PA President Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Speeches, United Nations    

The Question Palestine is intricately linked with the United Nations via the resolutions adopted by its various organs and agencies and via the essential and lauded role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East - UNRWA - which embodies the international responsibility towards the plight of Palestine refugees, who are the victims of Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) that occurred in 1948. We aspire for and seek a greater and more effective role for the United Nations in working to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in our region that ensures the inalienable, legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people as defined by the resolutions of international legitimacy of the United Nations.

Alexander Downer speech to American Jewish Committee upon receiving the Ramer Award for Excellence in Diplomacy, Washington D.C. Categories: Australasia, Europe, International Jewry, Israel, Speeches, United States    

The Australian and American Jewish communities have a lot in common. In both cases Jews have found in our countries the peace and tolerance which was denied them over the centuries in Europe and the Middle East: but they have not only found freedom and tolerance in Australia and America, they have contributed mightily to our two societies.

Australia's Israel Question: A matter for civilised debate or partisan? (2006) Author: Alan Goldberg Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Speeches    

The catalyst for this conversation was the publication of Antony Loewenstein's "My Israel Question". But what is that question? Loewenstein calls it "a plea for mutual respect and understanding". Yet his text does not consider mutuality in any way. He says his central concern is "a sustainable future for Israel and the Palestinians".