An important topic of the contemporary world is a lack of courage for us. Israel needs real solidarity of other states without conditions, President Milos Zeman said during his speech at the site of the famous Jewish Foundation Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Foundation in New York, taking the Bojovnik Award for the Truth.
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Popisek: President Milos Zeman receives the Fighter for the Truth award
President Milos Zeman was honored in the New York City at the prestigious meeting of American and world Jewish community representatives on Monday night with the Fighter of the Truth Award. The head of state appreciation won for the lifetime support of the State of Israel and Jewish ideas in general.
Our presidents on the podium in front of VIP audiences celebrated the celebrated American billionaire, philanthropist and president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, celebrating a speech full of superlatives about the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and Zeman himself.
Milos Zeman began to finish magnificently for the stormy applause of standing. “We face the threats of the current world, and the word” solidarity “is not enough,” Zeman said in a thank-you speech at the foundation of the foundation. “We have to ask what are the risks and threats and which also pose a risk to the Jewish state of Israel,” Zeman said. According to Zeman, such a risk is Islamic terrorism, about which he intends to stand at the UN plenum.
“An important issue is lack of courage. Let’s talk about cowardice, hesitancy, hypocrisy, “Zeman said. “But we are also talking about solidarity with the conditions,” he added in a narrative of how some other states are coming to the state of Israel. All democratic countries, according to Zeman, recognize that every sovereign state needs a capital city, a safe border. Only in the case of the state of Israel some countries have a problem with Zeman and add the word “but”. According to them, Jerusalem is not the capital of the state of Israel, Zeman said. Just as Israel does not have the right to react militarily to missile launchers of Palestinian radicals from the Gaza Strip. Such an approach, according to Zeman, is that “solidarity with the conditions”.
“But we need solidarity, without conditions,” Zeman said. “We need a new candle against darkness, concrete actions and not just words,” he added. One such candle would, according to Zeman, be the relocation of embassies of democratic states from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I proposed the Czech embassy a few years ago. We need concrete steps towards real and unconditional solidarity, “he said.
The whole speech by Milos Zeman at the gala evening “4th Annual The Algemeiner Jewish 100”:
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, a shawl!
Thanks for the nice invitation. I’m very glad to be here. Two years ago at the AIPAC Congress, I was paraphrasing the famous John Kennedy slogan: Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner). And I said, I am a Jew (I am a Jew). And Jehudi. Anyway, this is not enough. Faced with the risks of the contemporary world, only the verbal form of solidarity is not enough.
What is the risk of the current world facing the Jewish community and the state of Israel? First, it is Islamic terrorism, about which I will speak at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow. And because I am not polite, I will not talk about international terrorism, but about Islamic terrorism. But the topic that is important to our debate is different. Let’s talk about lack of courage. Let’s talk about cowardice, hesitation, hypocrisy. About solidarity that is conditional. I call her “solidarity, but”. I will give you some examples: Yes, of course, we support the state of Israel, but it is not the Jewish state of Israel. Yes, we encourage each country to have its capital, but we do not support Jerusalem as the capital. Yes, we fully support the right of Israel to secure borders, but the Golan Heights can not be part of Israeli territory. And so on, and so on. Every killer from Palestine is a fighter for freedom. And if someone sends a missile from Gaza to Israel, we condemn it, but you can not react by bombing the Gaza Strip yourself. This is solidarity, but, but …
And these absolutely contradict what solidarity is. We need solidarity without but. In other words, we need unreserved solidarity with the Jews and the State of Israel. What should we do today? Now we need a candle against the dark. We need concrete actions rather than words. And such a candle could be the relocation of embassies of democratic states from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I proposed this relocation of the Czech embassy four years ago during my visit to Israel, and Prime Minister Netanyahu said to me then: If it does, I give you my own house. I hope that his promise is still valid. After a similar thing to me, Donald Trump promised, it may be a good impetus for some daring countries.
So, this is a concrete solution, a concrete gesture, a concrete step towards true solidarity and not just the word. Dear friends, let me end with the last sentence of the old Jewish prayer: next year in Jerusalem! Thank you!