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  10/27/2011, Tishrei 29, 5772

PM: Gandhi Right about Grasping a Sword


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu memorialized assassinated Tourism Minister Rechav'am Ze'evi (Gandhi), Thursday, the tenth anniversary of his murder by Popular Front terrorists at a Jerusalem hotel. During a state memorial observance at Har Herzl in the capital, Netanyahu said, "Our Gandhi understood that under the circumstances of the struggle for the existence of our people, we have no choice but to grasp a sword. He understood that nobody will protect the Jews if they don't protect themselves. He was right about the need to grasp a sword against the intentions of our foes and bitter enemies."

The prime minister recalled Ze'evi's insistence on calling the country "Eretz Yisrael" (the land of Israel), while others either said "the land" or "Israel", in Netanyahu's words, "as if the land was one thing and the state was another. Gandhi stuck to the ancient two-word name, "Eretz Yisrael". He said that the land of Israel was the basis for the state of Israel and the place of the Jews in the state of Israel, and that's how he summed up the foundations of our lives."