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George W. Bush, Surprise Guest at Jewish Gala, Says Unlikely Iran Intentions Towards Israel Have Changed

October 16, 2013 9:18 am 23 comments

In a historic address to the nation and joint session of Congress Sept. 20, President Bush pledges to defend America's freedom against the fear of terrorism.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush told guests at a Jewish gathering Tuesday night that he believes it is unlikely that Iran’s hostile intentions towards Israel have changed, despite a recent charm offensive initiated by the Islamic Republic’s new president Hassan Rouhani.

“The United States’ foreign policy must be clear eyed; and understand that until the form of government changes in Iran, it is unlikely that their intentions toward Israel will change,” he said.

Addressing the current ongoing negotiations between Iran and Western powers, the former President said that he does “not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true.”

Bush delighted guests at the gala event at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel when he was revealed to be the evening’s surprise guest speaker, attendees told The Algemeiner. Photography and recording during Bush’s speech was prohibited, and he reiterated his longstanding policy not to comment on public policy matters out of respect for the sitting president.

The crowd of 1200 who gathered in support of The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Fund rose to its feet and applauded enthusiastically as Bush ascended the podium. He offered praise for former Senator Joseph Lieberman, who was in attendance, and welcomed newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. He also congratulated COP leader Malcolm Hoenlein and past leaders of the organization who were honored at the event.

The former president also noted a current U.S. foreign policy lean towards isolationism and expressed confidence in the work of the COP to help ensure that the U.S. would remain active globally.

He also read the following excerpt from a speech he delivered in 2008 in front of Israel’s Knesset, and stressed that he holds it to be relevant today and for at least the next decade:

“As we go forward, our alliance will be guided by clear principles & shared convictions rooted in moral clarity and unswayed by popularity polls or the shifting opinion of international elites.

We believe in the matchless value of every man, woman, and child. So we insist that the people of Israel have the right to a decent, normal, and peaceful life, just like the citizens of every other nation.

We believe that democracy is the only way to ensure human rights. So we consider it a source of shame that the United Nations routinely passes more human rights resolutions against the freest democracy in the Middle East than any other nation in the world.

We believe that religious liberty is fundamental to civilized society. So we condemn anti-Semitism in all forms & whether by those who openly question Israel’s right to exist, or by others who quietly excuse them.

We believe that free people should strive and sacrifice for peace. So we applaud the courageous choices Israel’s leaders have made. We also believe that nations have a right to defend themselves and that no nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction.

We believe that targeting innocent lives to achieve political objectives is always and everywhere wrong. So we stand together against terror and extremism, and we will never let down our guard or lose our resolve.

The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. It is more than a clash of arms. It is a clash of visions, a great ideological struggle. On one side are those who defend the ideals of justice and dignity with the power of reason and truth. On the other side are those who pursue a narrow vision of cruelty and control by committing murder, inciting fear, and spreading lies.

This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is the ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.

The Conference of Presidents is a non-profit umbrella organization that represents 51 national Jewish organizations.

23 Comments

  • Every writer has an opinion, but who is correct?
    We were pulled into Iraq. Iran is being built up as a danger to Israel, Israel wants the US to start a war for their “protection”— time for the US to pull out of the Middle East and also to bring home our military scattered around the world, to protect our nation…This will not only reduce the cost of the Military, but secure the United States against any intended “attacks” either militarily or through constant “terrorism.”
    Time for peace.

  • Reading Bush’s words reminded me of how different we felt about the status of our country when he was in office.

  • HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE CAUSED BY HIS MISTAKES INTO THE MIDDLE EAST?? HIS OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT,AND INTO AFGHANISTAN, THE TRILLIONS HE LEFT THIS COUNTRY IN DEPT.THE BILLIONS HE PAID TO HIS CRONY FRIENDS TO REBUILD IRAQ THAT DISAPPEARED..THE LIES HE TOLD ABOUT SADDAM, YELLOW CAKE , ETC,ETC.ETC…..NOT TO MENTION HIS BROTHER HELPING TO STEAL THE ELECTION FOR HIM IN FLORIDA. IT’S NO WONDER THIS COUNTRY IS IN THE SHAPE IT’S IN .WENT AWAL WHILE IN THE AIRFORCE ARRESTED IN HOUSTON FOR COCAIN POSSESION. VOLUMES OF INFORMATION AND YOU KEEP BUYING INTO THE SAME OLD LINES.I DID NOT LIKE SADDAM MYSELF BUT HE WAS ONLY A THREAT TO HIS OWN COUSINS.

  • come on, who cares what he thinks. He has been wrong before and out to lunch with many of his decisions.

  • The speech of wisdom,I wish Bush will come again to lead people of God who searching for peace of all man kind. May God put enemies of Israel on his hand.

  • He is right!

    A quote from one of my books:

    “Despite repeated requests, al-Sistani refused even to meet with American Ambassador Paul Bremmer. Did the Americans understand that the reason for this refusal was that he considered Bremmer najis (unclean)? Al-Sistani was repulsed by the American infidel. One of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s rulings was that “the entire body of a Kafir, including his hair and nails, and all liquid substances of his body are najis.” ( http://www.sistani.org Ruling 107. An infidel i.e. a person who does not believe in Allah and His Oneness, is najis.)
    Bremmer may not have realized it, but he was being placed in the same category as urine, dead bodies, pigs, dogs, sweat of an animal that eats unclean things and menstrual blood. So was the President and his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.”

    http://www.InquiryAbraham.com

  • May the GOOD LORD PLACE A PROTECTIVE HAND OVER ISRAEL.The Big O deceives when he says he supports them, just like OUR coutry.

  • In 2005 I met Bush at the signing of the Sudan Peace Act, which led to the establishment of the world’s newest nation: South Sudan, which is an ally of Israel.

    Bush pulled me aside, and with no obvious segue, said to me (I guess I look pretty Jewish) “We have to stand strong for Israel.”

    Wow!

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Great speech and it is a pity he is no longer running the US. Islam would be put in its place.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Ady

    THIS is Mark 7: 20-23: [NKJV] 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

  • Thank you, President Bush, for standing with Israel.

  • Obama makes former president Bush look like a saint by comparison but let’s be honest. Bush also pressured Israel to stand down on Iran, just like Barack Obama. Both have / are buying time for the Iranians.

    • Bush asked Israel to wait until US troops were off the streets and starting to withdraw. If possible wait unti I the US decamped Iraq, worse case off the streets. So a window of opportunity was created and maintained to allow for any Israeli strike preventing Iran from obtaining a bomb before the US was off the street or had decamped. It is when the time came the US under a new Admin disavowed the agreement made when Qum was discovered in 2005. So while US troops were bogged down in Iraq acting as human shields a window of opportunity was created via covert action to allow a strike as with Opera and Orchard in the future. So no harm was done and what would have occurred in 2005 could still take place. The question is a strike even against a country with 10 bombs is better than allowing 200 plus bombs and the ability to threaten the world with MAD to force the sacrifice of Israel. Let them do it or the whole world gets a dose. It is all very bad.

  • Iran has always threatened to nuke Israel off the face of the earth. I would not believe anything they say now. They hate Israel. Always have done. I never listen to any of their lies.

  • George Bush is a true friend of Israel!

  • They will come to you as people come, and they will set befire you as My people, and they hear the words you say, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after and is still set on their (idolatrous) greed for gain. (Mark 7:20-23)

  • Master Adrian

    I think the other way around things have not changed either…….

    And why should there be change on the part of Iran anyway? To please the world? To please Israel?

  • How coincidental that today they are negotiating the travesty of an Iran Nuclear shutdown, as well as a US government meltdown.

  • Gregg S. Pennington

    10/16/2013 at 0950AM CDT. I am given to understand re
    Iran that the University students published an open letter asking for US help with the popular revolution
    against the Mullah oligarchy at that time. I am puzzled
    as to why we didn’t render assistance to such a valuable
    asset. Best Regards, Gregg.

    • Do not forget that not all of the young people in Iran who are old enough to attend a university are able to do so. The Baha’is of that age are unable to enroll in any university.

  • Truer words were never spoken!

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