United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Amb. Susan Rice affirms USA’s non-negotiable commitment to the peace and security of the State of Israel    United States Ambassador to the United Nations made statement at plenary session of  2009 Israeli President’s Conference „Facing Tomorrow” –  hosted by the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. Conference runs until October 22nd in Jerusalem

 


Amb. Susan Rice affirms USA’s non-negotiable commitment to the peace and security of the State of Israel

 

United States Ambassador to the United Nations made statement at plenary session of  2009 Israeli President’s Conference „Facing Tomorrow” –  hosted by the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. Conference runs until October 22nd in Jerusalem

 

United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice used the platform of the conference to affirm what she called “an essential truth that will never change”, the full commitment of the United States of America to the peace and security of the state of Israel. “It is not negotiable and it will never be negotiable”.

 

She stated that Israeli President, Shimon Peres, had work with at least 10 American presidents, ranging from Kennedy to Obama and “his life tracks the special relationship between the two countries… a deep and abiding friendship and unbreakable bond rooted in common interest and common values.

 

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict she said that the time has come to re-launch negotiations without pre-conditions. “Our goal is clear – a comprehensive peace included two states living side by side in peace and

security… A Jewish state and a Palestinian state that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people”. She quoted President Peres as having said that “Being serious about peace means taking risks for peace” and she reassured Israel’s leaders that they can find peace and security within the region as a whole and that it can truly and fully take its place among the nations of the world and the Palestinians can, at last, have their place with dignity. “Tomorrow need not look like yesterday… We must all take responsibility for advancing democracies cause”.

 

Remembering her childhood vision of Anwar Sadat after he’d signed the Israel-Egypt peace accord, she noted that as an adult she is impressed by the understanding that President Sadat showed that “human conflict and human problems can be ended by human courage”. She added that this goal would and could exist only if we all held a common vision “not of a distant future but a world we seek for our children and grandchildren”. If we maintain the belief that all people are created equal; of equal worth, equal consequences and equal rights. “All of our faiths are bound together”.

 

Drawing on this she stressed that in the globalised world, nobody could escape the good and/or bad of another country. “The days of focusing on our own problems or prosperity are over. More and more our fates are bound together. More and more we live in a world where we rise and fall together.” As such, the nations of the world needed to unite and form a common goal to tackle the issues facing all its citizens – including poverty, education, climate change and national and international security. “We need to think strategically rather than just acting tactically” and “realize that there’s a growing sphere where our interest and values converge”.

 

Clearly understanding that “by indulging old habits we run new risks”, Rice stated that the “US has clear vision of the future it wishes to build with its partners all over the world”. However, those partners have a choice “to continue business as usual in a vain attempt to withstand the whirlwind, or to work together to seize this rare chance for deep and lasting change”. What she stressed is for all those nations to recognize not just their rights but also their responsibilities.

  

 

One area of particular significance in this regard is that of nuclear proliferation and Rice implored her audience and the leaders of the world to take responsibility for ensuring that nations who refuse to live up to their nuclear responsibilities pay for their mistakes.”. The world must stand together to show that international law is not an empty promise and that treaties will be upheld”.

 

Connected to this she stressed that nations need to take responsibility for confronting extremism and do all that is necessary to protect their people and their right to self defense. “The murder of innocent men, women and children should never be tolerated, it can never be justified and it should never be condoned”.

 

Calling on the world leadership, she said that the US understood that one of the means with which to move forward to attain its goals was the creation of institutions that actually work as they are supposed to. “We need alliances that work and partners that shoulder their share of the burden. We need strong institutions, not strong men to lead a lasting path to sustainable growth and stability”.

 

Rice quoted American President Barak Obama who often speaks about “the fierce urgency of now – the pressing need to grasp opportunities that will soon pass us by”. In light of this she concluded, “the stakes are high. The need is urgent. But America believes that we must rise to histories call”.

 

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