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Bush to Israel: ‘Masada will not fall again’

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 15, 2008 | 10:12 am

Speaking today to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, President Bush said the bond between the United States and Israel was unbreakable and promised that “Masada will not fall again.”

“Some people suggest that if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away,” Bush said in his prepared address.

“This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of our enemies, and America rejects it utterly. Israel’s population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because America stands with you.”

Masada is the desert fortress near the Dead Sea where, after the destruction of the Second Temple, 960 Jewish zealots committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.

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