Full Museveni Speech at Terrorism Summit

President Museveni with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Terrorism Summit on Monday night

I most warmly welcome Your Excellencies for having positively responded to my invitation, pharm at short notice, to attend this occasion. I also thank the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Netanyahu for turning this sad story of 40 years ago, into yet another instrument of bonding the Holy land (Israel-Palestine) with the heartland of Uganda in particular and Africa in general.

I say that this is yet another bond between Africa and (Isreal-Palestine), because there were earlier bonding events. The story Joseph and Moses (between 1886 and 1446 BC); and the story of Baby Jesus being hidden in Egypt around the year 4 BC (in the Gospel  of Mathew: Chapter 2 verses 13-23): It says: “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream ? ‘Get up’, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him”.

Even for the Moslem religion, in the year 622AD, Prophet Mohammed had to flee from Arabia to Ethiopia. Then there is the famous story of the Queen of Sheba which is found in the Book of 1 Kings: Chapter 10 verses 1-13: It says: “when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship with the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan – with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold and precious stones – she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon she was overwhelmed. She said to the king, “the report I had heard in my country about your achievements and your wisdom is true but I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes”.

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The Entebbe rescue operation of 1976 is yet another bond between the two areas growing out of adversity. Your brother Jonathan, some Israeli hostages and some Ugandan soldiers were killed here on that night of the 4th of July, 1976.

Fortunately, the rescue mission succeeded and the innocent civilians were rescued. As you all know, our Movement of NRM, is a Liberation Movement. Liberation Movements only fight for just causes and never use terrorist methods. Therefore, for us, when it comes to which war to fight, it is both about the cause and the method. Even if a fighter has a just cause to fight for, he or she should distil his/her methods. Indiscriminate use of violence is criminal. Why target civilians and non-combatants? Even soldiers, when they are not armed, should not be attacked. It is cowardice and criminal to do so. Targeting non-combatants, marks the boundary between freedom fighters and terrorists even when the cause is justified.

In the matter of the Israel-Palestine area, we in Uganda are guided by the Bible. In chapter 11 of the Book of Genesis verse 31: “Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot and his daughter in-law, Sarai, wife of his son, Abram and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan but when they came to Haraan, they settled there”. Abraham came from Ur (Mesopotamia) and settled in Harran ? Canaan. This is estimated to have been in the year 2081BC.

There were other tribes in that area such as: Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, etc. Besides, there is the story of the two wives of Abraham: Shaara and Hagara ? in the Book of Genesis: Chapter 21 and verses 9-13: It says: “and Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking wherefore she said unto Abraham, cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac and the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son; and God said unto Abraham, let it not be grievous in thy sight because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called; and also the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because He is thy seed”.

We hear that Jews came from Shaara and Arabs came from Hagara. Therefore, we in Uganda cannot accept the bigotry that holds that either of you does not belong to that area. The Romans upset the equilibrium by dispersing the Jews in the year 70AD. Thereafter, the Jews suffered endless privations being victims of all sorts of hoodlums such as Hitler, until the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.
The Jewish leaders wisely avoided the British nonsense of proposing to bring you to Uganda because you had no historical claim here. You went to where you had a historical claim ? Israel-Palestine. There


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