Speech in London
I am honored to speak to you tonight on
behalf of Israel's Christian Allies Caucus.
MK Dr. Yuri Shtern, (Alav Hashalom. May he rest
in peace,) the first Chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus,
was in his youth a Russian Jew, an activist, who joined the brave
souls who raised their voices in protest, in defiance of the KGB.
"Let our people go", they demanded. It was a bold act
in the land of the Gulags, but these brave souls drew international
attention and support, and so opened the door for millions of Jews
to return to their homeland, the land of Israel. He was a man of
faith and a public servant. He passed away last month, and was mourned
in Jewish and Christian homes all over the world.
Yuri Shtern had what the first President Bush famously
called, "the vision thing". He founded the Caucus to bring
Christians and Jews together, so we would be united to face the
"This is a working caucus, not a ceremonial
one." He was fond of saying. The members of the Caucus and
its staff have met with Christian politicians, and Church leaders
and their congregations in dozens of countries on five continents,
and hundreds have come to the Knesset in Israel to meet with the
Caucus, among them your previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord
Carrey. Our message was one of reconciliation between Jews and Christians,
who have been estranged, since we parted company 2000 years ago.
Today, the people of Israel are more aware than
ever before, that it is Christians who have stood by our side through
thick and thin, not countries, and Christians all over the world
are more aware than ever before of what is at stake in the battle
for Jerusalem that is now taking place. It is nothing less than
our way of life, and the Judeo-Christian values upon which western
civilization was built.
Benjamin Netanyahu, a former PM of Israel, summed
up the situation the world finds itself in today, when he warned,
"It is 1938, and Iran is Nazi Germany." The parallels
Like Adolf Hitler, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a list
of grievances designed to confuse, perplex and divide us. That is
what all the talk of root causes, Palestinian occupation, cycles
of violence, and all the rest is all about.
Like Hitler, Ahmadinejad is not interested in aggression, only the
righting of historical wrongs. If only we give them the Sudetenland
or Gaza things will improve. If only we let them annex Austria or
Iraq, they will be satisfied. If only we give up the West Bank or
Czechoslovakia, all will be well.
Like Hitler before him, Ahmadinejad is going after
the Jews, ------- first! Ahmadinejad is just as explicit and just
as sincere as Hitler when he speaks of "wiping Israel off the
map". It is not hyperbole. He means what he says.
Like Hitler and his henchmen, Ahmadinejad and his
mullahs say one thing to us and another to their own people.
Like Hitler, Ahmadinejad speaks of peace while
he prepares for war.
Winston Churchill said that "the further back
we look, the farther ahead we can see. Well we don't have to look
back that far. All of us here tonight learned the lessons of appeasement
in school. All that is gained by feeding others to the crocodile
first, is that it will eat you last.
So where do things now stand. How far advanced
is the cancer of Islamo-fascism which is spreading through the world.
Well let's take stock. Israel the sole independent democracy in
the region has been the bulwark against Islamic fascism in the Middle
East since its rebirth as a nation in 1948. It has fought six wars
to defend its life and liberty, but it is now in disarray. The world's
great powers, the self styled quartet, which includes Great Britain
and America, wants to feed it piecemeal to the enemy. There is even
a menu, called the roadmap, listing the courses in the meal.
Far from being the obstacle to peace, Israel is
the obstacle to a caliphate ruled by Islamic fascists that encompasses
the entire Middle East. While others can withdraw, Israel cannot.
The Middle East is its home. Its government is in disarray, and
its people are reeling from the constant barrage of terrorist rockets
and bombs exploding in the midst of the civilian population. Iran's
puppets Hezbollah and Hamas are at its doors front and back, and
one sixth of its population, the Israeli Arabs, is a fifth column
in its midst.
The Islamo-fascists also have fifth columnists
in all the countries of the west, in Europe, Canada, Australia and
America. Saudi Arabia has funded the establishment and operation
of thousands of Madrassas and houses of worship preaching hatred
and teaching treachery in every country in the free world, and beyond.
Remember, the bombs that exploded in London were planted by British
subjects in the service of the terror masters. And the planes that
struck the world trade center and the pentagon took off inside America.
Iran sits on the straits of Hormuz and so has its
knife at the West's jugular. The flow of oil in the world is as
critical to its health as the flow of blood is to the health of
a man's body. A great American general Douglas Macarthur famously
said, "The history of failure in war can be summed up in two
words, "Too late." Well is it too late?
It is not. But if we are not at the abyss we are
the merest step away. Iran is in a frenzied race to get the atomic
bomb before the west wakes up. If they succeed they will use it
to destroy Israel. They will use it to intimidate its neighbors
and then conquer them. They will seize control of the world's greatest
oil reserves and the countries that produce it. They will establish
the Caliphate of one billion Muslims. Just imagine what Adolf Hitler
and his Nazis would have done with atomic weapons and ballistic
There is precious little time left -a year perhaps
- if we are to stop them before it is too late. We cannot allow
Iran to get atomic weapons. I would venture to say that when I speak
to you I am preaching to the choir, but that is because I am speaking
to men of faith, children of the book that we share. But that does
not mean that these facts are universally appreciated.
An election was lost in Spain because of fear of
the terrorists. An election was lost in the United States because
of dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq which cost the country 3,000
lives. Prime Minister Blair, who obviously has read his history,
and done his duty, is leaving soon. The Russians and Chinese are
arming Iran and supporting it diplomatically.
Until today, the Christian Allies Caucus has been
dedicated to reconciliation between Christians and Jews, but the
time for laying the groundwork for cooperation and coordinated action
is up. It has passed and gone. Now we must act, and to act we need
a method and a plan. There are Christians and Jews in every country
of consequence to our cause, and our immediate plan can be summed
up in one sentence. We must warn our fellow citizens and enlist
them in the cause of convincing our respective governments to deny
Iran atomic weapons, whatever the cost.
Christians and Jews together must put this at the
top of our agendas. We must march. We must demonstrate. We must
raise our voices and use whatever influence each of us has earned
to sound the trumpet, and we must do it together, in unison.
The House of Representatives in the United States,
the peoples house as it is called, several months ago established
the Israel Allies Caucus through the efforts of Christians and Jews.
Within the next several months some ten new sister caucuses are
scheduled to be set up in parliamentary democracies in Europe and
Asia. In the next few days we will be in Ottawa and then Washington
to carry this same urgent message.
We all say "Never again" , now
we have to show we mean it.