We understand there is another people living next to us, and we do not want to rule over them.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Today (Thursday, 21 May 2009), Jerusalem Day, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon tutored a 9th grade civics class at the Ort Minkoff school in Jerusalem
In his opening remarks, Deputy FM stated that "We are here by right and not by compassion. The State of Israel is the Jewish country of the Jewish people." Deputy FM Ayalon added that "Judaism is not only a religion, it is a way of life."
The Deputy FM summarized the political situation for the students, and stated that "For peace, we will not squabble over the past. We understand there is another people living next to us, and we do not want to rule over them. However, the Palestinians must also live next to us in peace, and unfortunately, they do not even educate their children to live in coexistence and peace."
Deputy FM Ayalon added that "Israel did not create the refugee problem, and therefore the solution to that problem should not reachat the expense of Israel."
Later on, Deputy FM Ayalon raised the issue of the Israeli system of government, stating that it is not a system that can be shed. He also reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of the Israeli and American systems.
Regarding Jerusalem, the Deputy FM stated that "Jerusalem Day is a festive day not only for the citizens of Israel, but of all the Jews in the world. Jerusalem is not merely a city – it has symbolic significance in our hearts and souls/ Jerusalem belongs to previous generations, future generations and to all Jews, wherever they may be. Reunited Jerusalem will remain reunited for all time."