|Monday, September 22, 2003|
|FM Shalom Address: International Conference Fighting Terrorism for Humanity|
Silvan Shalom Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
Prime Minister Bondevik,
The world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years.
In the past, many claimed that terrorism was a local problem. This is no
Terror has declared war on us all.
The targeting of civilians to advance a political goal is now a worldwide
And it is a blight on humanity.
Whether on a bus returning from prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, in
Even the United Nations, that for so many is a symbol of peace and goodwill,
Each of these attacks brings terrible tragedy to ordinary people - people
- Tragedies such as the story of David Applebaum and his daughter Nava - a
- Tragedies such as the loss of the highly respected UN Commissioner for
- Tragedies such as the story of Yuval Arad, who has spent her entire life
This is a war that none of us seek.
But if our way of life is to survive - if we are to preserve the values of
The family of nations must rise as one to the challenge of terrorism.
Israel is proud to join all those around this table in their pledge to
How can this be done?
I believe that there are four key areas of action:
- First, terrorists must be denied access to the money which helps them fund
In this context I praise the recent decisions by the United States, the
International cooperation in the field of law enforcement is critical to the
Such cooperation must become universal if it is to be fully successful.
- Second, terrorists must be denied the space from which they plan and carry
Standing here in New York just two short years after 9/11, it is clear that
States which harbor terrorists and give them shelter from the will of the
- Third, terrorists must be denied the moral legitimacy with which they use
Too often, empathy for the Palestinian people - for example - has been
This is wrong. This must end.
Central to any solution is the simple, moral recognition that terrorism - no
-Fourthly, I believe that it is not enough to challenge the infrastructure
Political and economic answers to hardship and suffering must be found. It
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ten years ago Yasser Arafat committed himself to resolving all issues
Since that time, one-thousand-one-hundred-and-twenty-six (1,126) Israelis
In relative numbers, this would be the same as fifty-six thousand Americans
This carnage must stop.
The time has come for the Palestinians to join the global war on terror -
For this to happen, they need the help of the international community.
They need to be guided away from the destructive ways of the past towards a
This requires tough choices.
Yasser Arafat, for example, may be seen by some as the symbol of the
Support for him is counter-productive to all peace efforts in the region and
Instead of rallying around Arafat, the international community must rally
The Rabbis of ancient times taught that "He who saves a single human life,
In the global struggle against terror, it is our commitment to life which is
Nothing is more potent than our determination to do everything in our power
In this context, I call on the countries gathered here to redouble their
- not only to apprehend the killers of Bali and Mombassa and to prevent the
- but also to bring word of life from Ron Arad and to help carry on the
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