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Netanyahu: “July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 4, 2012

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Prime Minister Netanyahu recorded an Independence Day greeting for America.  Netanyahu is a true statesman and carries himself with the dignity of the great man he is.  America is longing for another statesman President of his caliber.  In this address, Netanyahu actually sounds more American than our current President.  He expresses the ideals that have made America great, the ideals that are rooted in America’s JudeoChristian heritage.

Here is a transcript of Netanyahu’s address following a brief introduction.

Even though I can’t be there in person, I want to express my appreciation to President Obama and the American people as you celebrate Independence Day.  You see, because as Israel’s prime minister, I appreciate deeply all that America has done for Israel.  And as the leader of one of the world’s most vibrant democracies – you know how vibrant – I appreciate all the great sacrifices that America has made in order to advance liberty and democracy throughout the world.

America’s Revolution was founded on two very powerful ideas – first, that people should have the right to elect their own leaders and be sovereign over their own destiny.  And second, that the power of those leaders, the power of governments, must be checked so that individual rights will be protected.  I’m always moved, no matter how many years pass, I’m always moved when I read Thomas Jefferson’s words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Precisely.  The American Revolution brought these two powerful ideas together, and they made America a beacon of liberty for all humanity.  Now, you know that the Middle East is undergoing a profound and a stark transformation.   The question arises:  Will these twin ideas, will they become rooted in our region too?  All those who value freedom should remember that to be a real democracy, it is not enough to have a government that represents the majority of the people.  Real democracy also means having a government that respects the rights of each and every individual.  A real democracy is not really about holding popular election – it’s about what happens between elections.  It means ensuring that no one is above the law.  It means protecting free speech, freedom of the press,  freedom of religion.  It means upholding the rights of minorities, gays, women , children – everyone – by ensuring popular sovereignty and individual rights.

The nations of the region can join America and Israel in being genuine democracies.  Now, will this happen?  In the near term, I think we will all agree there is ample reason for skepticism. The forces throughout the region that are rising are not exactly  – how shall it put it – they’re not exactly Jeffersonians – but in the long term, in the long term, I believe there is reason for hope, because with the spread of information technology, it will become increasingly difficult to keep young minds closed, cloistered in darkness.

Ultimately, the power of freedom is bound to prevail.   Ultimately,  people throughout the Middle East will enjoy the rights that we in free societies too often take for granted.   Ladies and gentlemen, July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.  It’s a time to be thankful that history granted America the power to match its ideals with action.  It’s a time for free people everywhere to send their best wishes to the United States of America, to the country that has done so much to make the world a safer, freer, and more peaceful place.  So on behalf of the people of Israel, let me wish President Obama and all the American people a happy Independence Day – 0r as they say in small towns across America – Ha’atzmaut.

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