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Jerusalem - No Less Than Paris And Much More

By Yisrael Medad
12/10/2009, 12:00 AM
Further to my previous post on Yossi Melman's disparaging suggestion that we move the capital of Jerusalem, even temporarily, I searched for the following and here it is, General Charles De Gaulle's speech on the liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944.  Here are words that express the true genuine feelings of a people for their capital:

"Why do you desire that we hide the emotion which seizes us all, men and women, who are here, at home, in Paris that stood up to liberate itself and that succeeded in doing this with its own hands?

No! We will not hide this deep and sacred emotion. These are minutes which go beyond each of our poor lives. Paris! Outraged Paris! Broken Paris! Martyred Paris! But liberated Paris!

Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the help of the French armies, with the support and the help of all France, of the France that fights, of the only France, of the real France, of the eternal France! Well! Since the enemy which held Paris has capitulated into our hands, France returns to Paris, to her home. She returns bloody, but quite resolute. She returns there enlightened by the immense lesson, but more certain than ever of her duties and of her rights. I speak of her duties first, and I will sum them all up by saying that for now, it is a matter of the duties of war...

...It is for this revenge, this vengeance and justice, that we will keep fighting until the last day, until the day of total and complete victory. This duty of war, all the men who are here and all those who hear us in France know that it demands national unity. We, who have lived the greatest hours of our History, we have nothing else to wish than to show ourselves, up to the end, worthy of France. Long live France!"

Those are the words of a nationalist, of a patriot, of a lover of his country and its capital city.

We Jews have no need to feel inferior to any nation or people.