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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

President Katzav: Concessions increased terror

In a rare moment of candor, President Moshe Katzav, who has mostly supported Ehud Olmert's convergence surrender plan, admitted today that concessions to terror have increased terror. Katzav made the remark during a ceremony for fallen soldiers at Mount Herzl today.

"We are managing a war for our existence for over 100 years. We've already gone down a significant part of the road, a large, historical journey, to settle the conflict. But it became clear to us that from the time we started making far-reaching compromises, out of a sincere and true aspiration for peace – that was the time that acts of murder and blood spillage increased," said Katsav.

According to YNet, Katzav then laid it on:

Katsav turned to Muslim religious and political leaders, and asked: "Are you really sanctifying the spilling of blood as a religious value, as a value with which you want to shape the future generation? Can it be that one of you will rise and say – this is not the way, not through the path of the spilling of blood? Could it be that we, the Jewish people, will be the only one who say that terror is not the path of Islam, that it stands in contradiction to the tenets of the Koran, and not one of you speaks up?"

"It's best for those who send (the terrorists) and leaders is to admit that their path did not lead them anywhere but the abyss. Terrorist acts will not break the Israeli people nor the state of Israel. The Israeli nation, as it stood for the past 100 years, is strong, determined, it believes, knows the righteousness of the struggle that we are conducting. The Israeli people will, with the help of God, stand strong, and they will not break us," Katsav said.


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