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Boehner: 'Israel Is Not Isolating Itself – Israel is Leading in the Middle East'

10:08 AM, Sep 19, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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“It is located on a hilltop at the entrance to Jerusalem.  And it was built by the Jewish National Fund.  Thank you.

“I appreciate the fact that you call it a ‘living’ memorial. 

“Those who died left behind a sacred charge: to pledge to each other ‘never again’ and to confront and defeat the terrorist threat.

“Over the last ten years, not only has Israel stood with us, but it has done so from the front lines of the struggle to confront and defeat terror. 

"Thinking back to the last time I was in Israel … standing at the northern border with Lebanon...

“From where I stood on that border, it’s about a hundred miles to Jerusalem, about the same distance from here to our state capital of Columbus.

“For Israel, the enemy is close … and committed. 

“Why, Israel’s neighbor does not even acknowledge its right to exist. 

“Just four months ago, the leader of the Hamas administration in Gaza said, and I quote, ‘The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth.’ 

“Recently, Hamas leaders blocked Palestinian students from studying in the United States under scholarships they legitimately earned.  Why?  ‘For social and cultural reasons.’ 

“This week, Israel will face a three-pronged assault when the United Nations General Assembly meets.

“There will be a ‘celebration’ of the Durban Declaration, a document that charges Israel with racism. 

“The president of Iran, who has called Israel a cancer to be annihilated, will take the podium.

“And the Palestinian Authority will seek a unilateral recognition of statehood. 

“Israel has demonstrated time and again it seeks nothing more than peace … a peace agreed to by the two states and only the two states. 

“Like every prime minister before him, Prime Minister Netanyahu knows peace will require compromise – and he accepts that.  He welcomes that.

“Where I’m from … where we’re from … we stand by our friends, especially the ones who have always stood by us.

“Supporting Israel and her people has been the policy of this nation since Harry Truman sat in the Oval Office.

“Our commitment to Israel should be no less strong today.  If anything, it should be stronger than it’s ever been.  And, with your help, it will be.  It must be.

“Not far from here, near where I live in West Chester, is a place called Voice of America Park.   

“It was once the site of a relay station for the Voice of America radio station, which was established during World War II.

“The station transmitted ‘truthful news’ about freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples, behind enemy lines.

“Hitler could do nothing to stop it.  VOA got to him.  He was known in his speeches to decry those ‘Cincinnati liars.’

“The lesson here is simple: words matter.  The truth can pierce even the most stubborn defenses. 

“It is up to us to tell Israel’s story … to spread Israel’s truth.  The voice of America starts with the people in this room. 

“I’m up for it.  And for the sake of our people, Israel’s people, and all freedom-loving peoples – I hope all of us are up for it.

“Let’s look out for one another, and keep at it.  Never quit.  Thank you.”

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