RICHARD MELSON

MARCH 2005

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The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

was founded in 1980 as an evangelical Christian response

to the need to comfort Zion according to the command of scripture found in Isaiah…

Contact:

Israeli Prime Minister

Ariel Sharon

Phone: 011-972-2-670-5555

Fax: 011-972-2-651-2631

Write:
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan St., Qiryat Ben-Gurion
P.O. Box 187, 91919 Jerusalem
Israel

Email:

asharon@knesset.gov.il

Sharon Speech at:

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

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ADDRESS OF

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON:

To the 24th Annual Christian Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles

Sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

Sunday 12 October 2003

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for the last 3,000

years; the united and undivided capital of the State of Israel forever.

You're here because your hearts and souls brought you here to the land of

the Bible. Thank you so much for coming here and showing solidarity. Your

presence sends a strong message to the world and your friendship is

important to us.

Israel is a unique place in the world. When you're here, you don't need a

guidebook because you have the Bible in your hand.

For the last 3 years we have been facing a war that was imposed upon us by

the Palestinians. But the war didn't start three years ago; it started over

120 years ago. It's root causes are the refusal of the Arab world to accept

and reconcile with the birthright of the Jewish people to a democratic,

Jewish state in our ancestral homeland, in the cradle of the Jewish people.

The war of terrorism failed to break our spirit, but our determination is

bringing them to recognize slowly that through violence, terror and

incitement, they will achieve nothing. They understand that Israel will not

surrender, will never surrender, to violence and terror.

Israel is a peace seeking country. We are seeking peace. For a real durable

peace that will last for generations, we are willing to make painful

sacrifices, but not on the security of the people of Israel. When it comes

to our security here - and I made it clear to the leaders of the world many

times - Israel is not ready to make any compromises, not make any

concessions when it comes to the security of Israel and it's citizens.

Because we know well that Israel - though being a tiny, small country - it

is the only place in the world where the Jews are having the right and the

capability to defend themselves, by themselves. And I feel that it is my

historical responsibility to protect the Jewish people. And when it comes to

the Jewish people - not now and not in the future - we will not make any

concessions whatsoever.

Jerusalem is a city of peace. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible 677 times.

Zion as Jerusalem is mentioned another154 times, and the name King David is

mentioned 1083 times. It was only after Jerusalem was reunited in 1967 with

the Temple Mount at the center, that the freedom of worship was granted at

all the holy sites. Christians, Muslims, Jews and others could pray freely

without oppression. And I can tell you that only if the Holy Places will be

under our control this freedom will continue. only then.

You know, when you see the headlines and you see the pictures, you get the

impression that Israel is a country that achievements are only in security;

everything is covered in dust and blood. But there is a different, often not

reported side of Israel, one that is beyond the country, society, culture

and our most important resource - people.

We have been a wonderful society based on democracy and freedom; a Jewish as

well as democratic state; the only democracy in the Middle East. Our

tremendous achievements in science, medicine, high tech, and agriculture,

music, academics and culture are known throughout the world. And I hope the

day will come that we will be known for all those achievements that we have

had here. I hope and I pray that this day will come.

We are fulfilling the Biblical prophecy of the ingathering of Jews to their

ancestral homeland. We have absorbed millions of Jews, immigrants, from 102

countries speaking 82 different languages. Today they speak Hebrew, the

language of the Bible. We will absorb many, many more.

Your help and support is important to us. We have many challenges ahead, but

your help is important to us to help us realize our dreams. I am sorry I

cannot see you [in the bright lights]. But I hear you [loud applause]. You

know everyone, and myself also, from time to time, I have worries. You know

we are facing so many worries here, but now I believe I need your visits

here more often. I have to see you more often and to hear you more often.

Despite the challenges or obstacles, I'm sure we can look forward with

optimism. United and with your support, we can realize the hopes and dreams

for peace, security and prosperity in the whole land.

I would like to spend the whole evening with you. I want to apologize. I

have not finished my day now, though I need those voices I hear now.

I'd like to thank you so much for coming. I'd like to thank you so much for

your solidarity and for your belief in the country, in the Jewish State,

where we are going to accomplish all our hopes and dreams in the future. I'm

optimistic that we are going to achieve all our hopes and dreams.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
PO Box 1192
Jerusalem 91010
Israel
Telephone: +972-2-539-9700
Fax: +972-2-566-9970
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Contact:

Israeli Prime Minister

Ariel Sharon

Phone: 011-972-2-670-5555

Fax: 011-972-2-651-2631

Write:
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan St., Qiryat Ben-Gurion
P.O. Box 187, 91919 Jerusalem
Israel

Email: asharon@knesset.gov.il

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MARCH 31, 2005