He’s not the apple of evangelical Christians’ eyes, but Rudy Giuliani is clearly the Republican Jewish Coalition‘s guy, what with his terrorist-fighting image and his employment of Norman Podhoretz and Daniel Pipes. Giuliani spoke to the RJC in Washington this morning. Here’s some excerpts, via JoinRudy2008:
A lot of you are the first Republicans in your families, right? Am I right?
A lot of you get grief for being Republicans, right? As a three-time candidate and eight-year mayor of New York City, I know what youâre talking about. Wow.
I remember this happened so many times, I get all the incidents confused. But one that was particularly poignant was this man who was very, very old and frail came up to me and he grabbed my hand and he said, Youâre the first Republican I ever voted for. I said, How old are you? He said, Iâm 92 years old.
I said, In over like 80 years of voting or whatever, you couldnât find another Republican to vote for? He said, I thought it was sinful.
Wow, has Giuliani been taking speaking lessons from President Bush? From here, he didn’t take long to mention Sept. 11, and then he started hitting the right notes for many Jews, Republican and Democrat.
Weâre the ones that really want peace in the Middle East, real peace, what it really means. Peace has to be based on realism, not romance. Itâs shocking that 60 years after the Holocaust, the Jewish people are still required to negotiate for the right to exist.
This should be beyond negotiation. Someday I hope that Jews and Arabs can sit down together to negotiate borders, water, trade. Itâs going to happen, but itâs going to happen more quickly if we remain strong and we remain really, really clear.
You cannot negotiate with someone who is threatening to destroy you and your family.
What are you going to negotiate with them about? How many of your kids theyâre going to kill or when theyâre going to do it?
Youâve got to negotiate with people that at least make a step toward giving a reasonable possibility of getting a sensible result.
In the case of the Palestinians, hereâs what it is, two big ones. First of all, the Palestinians have to say and acknowledge and mean it that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state.
Number one, because Israelâs already negotiated its existence. That negotiation happened a long time ago and thatâs over and theyâve just got to kind of move on.
Second, second, they have to be willing to say, We forsake terrorism and weâre going to help to reduce and eliminate terrorism and they need to show their good faith by that condition remaining that way for some period of time. Itâs as simple as that â or as hard as that.