Compare this to what the Arabs say about Israel:

21 Feb

Quotes from Golda Meir (1898-1978), one of the founders and the fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

* We who have such an intimate knowledge of boxcars and of deportations to unknown destinations,… we cannot be silent. (1956) 

* Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us. (1957)
* Anyone who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen. (1961)

* We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon – no alternative. (1969)

* There were no such things as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state?…They did not exist.” (1969)

* It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore. (1969)

*When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. (1969)

* We don’t thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient. (1969)

 * This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy. (1971)

 * We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel. (1970)

 * Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided – not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing. (1973)

 * It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? . . . Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. (1973)

 * I prefer to stay alive and be criticized than be sympathized. (1973)

 * We have been forced to choose between what is more dangerous and what is less dangerous for us. (1975)

 * I live in a country whose people have learned how to go on living in a sea of hatred without hating those who want to destroy them and without abandoning their own vision of peace. (1975)

 * We have all been tempted to give in to various pressures and to accept proposals that might guarantee us a little quiet for a few months, or maybe even for a few years, but that could only lead us eventually into even greater peril. (1975)

* Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here. (1978)

One Response to “Compare this to what the Arabs say about Israel:”

  1. Ray Fuller February 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Golda was a great lady and leader.I still can not understand why more Americans don’t
    support this tiny country about the size of New Jersey who has giant enemies that surround them and that have terroized them since their coming into being.

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