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Posted: 7/22/2008 12:17:30 PM EDT

Gillerman bids UN farewell: Israel will prevail

Israeli Ambassador Gillerman bids United Nations farewell in emotional speech; Israel contributes to mankind everyday, he says, adds that he is most frightened by Muslim world's 'eerie silence' in face of terrorism

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 07.22.08, 21:47 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, delivered his farewell speech to the Security council Tuesday, expressing his appreciation to international representatives but assuring them that "Israel will prevail" regardless of their decisions.



Gillerman prepared a written speech ahead of his appearance, but told those present that he decided to "speak from his heart" instead.


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"This is most probably my last appearance before you as the representative of the state of Israel," he said. "I would like to thank each and every one of you for the time you have spent on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and our problems."



However, he later made clear that "whatever happens, whatever you discuss, whatever transpires – Israel will prevail."


Turning his attention to the threat of terrorism, Gillerman said the world was not dealing with a clash of civilizations, but rather, with a "clash of civilization, in the singular," within Islam.


'Most of the violence is within Islam'
"Most of the horror, most of the bloodshed, most of the killings, and most of the violence…is sadly and tragically within Islam," he said, adding that not only are the majority of terrorists Muslim, but also the majority of victims around the world.


Gillerman said he was most frightened by the "eerie silence of the Muslim world" in the face of terrorism, and expressed his hope to see a Muslim leader emerge that would say "enough is enough, what are we doing?"


"I hope very much that the Arab and Muslim world will realize that it is its duty and responsibility today, in that very clash, to support the moderates and isolate the extremists," he said.


The outgoing Israeli ambassador also took the opportunity to invite all those present to visit Israel.

"You will see a country which is very different from the perception you get on TV, where you see a country torn by violence and bloodshed… you will discover a vibrant county, of great excellence and innovation," he said. "You will see a country which is contributing each and every day to mankind and to humanity, not just to itself and to the Jewish people, and making the world a better place."
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