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La force des choses
An edifice that builds and does not destroy

Today, through my visit to you, I ask why don't we stretch out our hands with faith and sincerity so that together we might destroy this barrier?

Why shouldn't our and your will meet with faith and sincerity so that together we might remove all suspicion of fear, betrayal and bad intentions?

Why don't we stand together with the courage of men and the boldness of heroes who dedicate themselves to a sublime aim?

Why don't we stand together with the same courage and daring to erect a huge edifice of peace?

An edifice that builds and does not destroy.

Ladies and gentlemen, to tell you the truth, peace cannot be worth its name unless it is based on justice and not on the occupation of the land of others.
It would not be right for you to demand for yourselves what you deny to others.

With all frankness and in the spirit that has prompted me to come to you today, I tell you you have to give up once and for all the dreams of conquest and give up the belief that force is the best method for dealing with the Arabs.

You should clearly understand the lesson of confrontation between you and us.

Expansion does not pay.

To speak frankly, our land does not yield itself to bargaining, it is not even open to argument....

In all sincerity I tell you that there can be no peace without the Palestinians.
It is a grave error of unpredictable consequences to overlook or brush aside this cause.

I shall not indulge in past events such as the Balfour Declaration 60 years ago.

You are well acquainted with the relevant text.

If you have found the moral and legal justification to set up a national home on a land that did not all belong to you, it is incumbent upon you to show understanding of the insistence of the people of Palestine for establishment once again of a state on their land.

When some extremists ask the Palestinians to give up the sublime objective, this in fact means asking them to renounce their identity and every hope for the future.

(Anwar el Sadat adress to the Knesset, November 20, 1977)

sabes uma coisa? muito tinhamos nós a aprender com o Egipto! muitíssimo. Em toda a sua história milenar.

Olha, digo-te até de forma mais directa- com eles é que sou capaz de me sentir mais próxima- não com os israelitas.

Estás a fazer um bom trabalho com estes postes.

Tenho aqui um magnífico texto do Pj O'Rourke que o josé facultou há tempos e penso que toda a gente também o devia ler.

Com isto é que se aprende. Se há licões históricas no verdadeiro sentido do termo, são estas.
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