Israel's History in Quotes
Hebrew essayist Achad Ha-Am, after paying a visit to Palestine in 1891:
"Abroad we are accustomed to believe that Israel is almost empty;
nothing is grown here and that whoever wishes to buy land could come
here and buy what his heart desires. In reality, the situation is not
like this. Throughout the country it is difficult to find cultivable
land which is not already cultivated."
Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of
the Arabs of Palestine,Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry:
"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it
employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the
poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."
The Balfour Declaration to Baron Rothchild, on the 2nd of November, 1917:
"His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine
of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best
endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly
understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and
religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the
rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
Lord Sydenham, Hansard, House of Lords, 21 June 1922:
"If we are going to admit claims on conquest thousands of years ago, the
whole world will have to be turned upside down."
Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923:
"Zionist colonization must either be terminated or carried out against
the wishes of the native population. This colonization can, therefore,
be continued and make progress only under the protection of a power
independent of the native population - an iron wall, which will be in a
position to resist the pressure to the native population. This is our
policy towards the Arabs..."
Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism (precursor of
Likud), The Iron Wall, 1923:
"A voluntary reconciliation with the Arabs is out of the question either
now or in the future. If you wish to colonize a land in which people are
already living, you must provide a garrison for the land, or find some
rich man or benefactor who will provide a garrison on your behalf. Or
else-or else, give up your colonization, for without an armed force
which will render physically impossible any attempt to destroy or
prevent this colonization, colonization is impossible, not difficult,
not dangerous, but IMPOSSIBLE!... Zionism is a colonization adventure
and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force. It is
important... to speak Hebrew, but, unfortunately, it is even more
important to be able to shoot - or else I am through with playing at
David Ben Gurion, future Prime Minister of Israel, 1937, Ben Gurion and
the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985:
"We must expel Arabs and take their places."
Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department in
1940. From "A Solution to the Refugee Problem":
"Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both
peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the
Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to transfer
the Arabs from here to neighboring countries - all of them. Not one
village, not one tribe should be left."
Israeli official Arthur Lourie in a letter to Walter Eytan, director
general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry (ISA FM 2564/22). From Benny
Morris, "The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem 1947-49", p. 297:
"...if people become accustomed to the large figure and we are actually
obliged to accept the return of the refugees, we may find it difficult,
when faced with hordes of claimants, to convince the world that not all
of these formerly lived in Israeli territory. It would, in any event,
seem desirable to minimize the numbers...than otherwise."
David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben- Gurion, A
Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978:
"We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash
Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the
Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall
establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab
Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and
move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai."
David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, 18 July 1948, quoted in Michael Bar
Zohar's Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentice-Hall, 1967, p. 157:
"We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do
return." Assuring his fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come
back to their homes. "The old will die and the young will forget."
David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel, described
Zionist aims in 1948:
"A Christian state should be established [in Lebanon], with its southern
border on the Litani river. We will make an alliance with it. When we
smash the Arab Legion's strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate
Transjordan too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight
on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo... And in this
fashion, we will end the war and settle our forefathers' account with
Egypt, Assyria, and Aram"
[Begin, and Yitzhak Shamir who were members of the party became Prime
Ministers.] Albert Einstein, Hanna Arendt and other prominent Jewish
Americans, writing in The New York Times, protest the visit to America
of Menachem Begin, December 1948:
"Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the
emergence in the newly created State of Israel of the Freedom Party
(Herut), a political party closely akin in its organization, method,
political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties."
Martin Buber, Jewish Philosopher, addressed Prime Minister Ben Gurion on
the moral character of the state of Israel with reference to the Arab
refugees in March 1949:
"We will have to face the reality that Israel is neither innocent, nor
redemptive. And that in its creation, and expansion; we as Jews, have
caused what we historically have suffered; a refugee population in
Moshe Dayan (Israel Defense and Foreign Minister), on February 12 1952.
"It lies upon the people's shoulders to prepare for the war, but it lies
upon the Israeli army to carry out the fight with the ultimate object of
erecting the Israeli Empire."
Martin Buber, to a New York audience, Jewish Newsletter, June 2, 1958:
"When we [followers of the prophetic Judaism] returned to
Palestine...the majority of Jewish people preferred to learn from Hitler
rather than from us."
Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From
"The Arabs in Israel" by Sabri Jiryas:
Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of
Plan Dalet. "We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of
woodcutters and waiters"
Aba Eban (the Israeli Foreign Minister) stated arrogantly. New York
Times June 19, 1967:
"If the General Assembly were to vote by 121 votes to 1 in favor of
"Israel" returning to the armistice lines-- (pre June 1967 borders)
Dr. Israel Shahak, Chairperson of the Israeli League for Human and Civil
Rights, and a survivor of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp,
Commenting on the Israeli military's Emergency Regulations following the
1967 War. Palestine, vol. 12, December 1983:
"Hitler's legal power was based upon the 'Enabling Act', which was
passed quite legally by the Reichstag and which allowed the Fuehrer and
his representatives, in plain language, to be what they wanted, or in
legal language, to issue regulations having the force of law. Exactly
the same type of act was passed by the Knesset [Israeli's Parliament]
immediately after the 1067 conquest granting the Israeli governor and
his representatives the power of Hitler, which they use in Hitlerian
Golda Meir, March 8, 1969:
"How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return
Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April
"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not
even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you
because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not
exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place
of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the
place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al- Shuman.
There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a
former Arab population."
Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969:
"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed"
Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972:
"The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967
and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff,
which was born and developed after the war."
Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of 14 July 1972:
"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly
and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with
time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization or
Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of
Joseph Weitz, Director of the Jewish National Fund, the Zionist agency
charged with acquiring Palestinian land, Circa 194. Machover Israca,
January 5, 1973 /p.2:
"The only solution is Eretz Israel [Greater Israel], or at least Western
Eretz Israel [all the land west of Jordan River], without Arabs. There
is no room for compromise on this point ... We must not leave a single
village, not a single tribe."
Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in
the New York Times, 23 October 1979:
"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his
question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?'
Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out'"
Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin
and the Beasts". New Statesman, 25 June 1982:
"[The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs."
Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York
Times, 14 April 1983:
"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about
it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle."
Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces - Gad Becker,
Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983, New York Times 14 April 1983:
"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one
centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will
understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come
crawling to us on all fours."
Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo
Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983:
"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live
here as slaves."
Isreali Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, in a speech to Jewish settlers
New York Times April 1, 1988:
"The Palestinians" would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed
against the boulders and walls."
Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, Inferring that killing isn't murder if
the victim is Gentile. Jerusalem Post, June 19,1989:
"Jewish blood and a goy's [gentile's] blood are not the same."
Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime
Minister of Israel, tells students at Bar Ilan University, From the
Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989:
"Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in
China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass
expulsions among the Arabs of the territories."
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declares at a Tel Aviv memorial
service for former Likud leaders, November 1990. Jerusalem Domestic
"The past leaders of our movement left us a clear message to keep Eretz
Israel from the Sea to the Jordan River for future generations, for the
mass aliya [immigration], and for the Jewish people, all of whom will be
gathered into this country."
Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of
militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France
Presse, November 15,1998:
"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to
enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours...
Everything we don't grab will go to them."
Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time - August 28, 2000.
Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000:
"The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, quoted in Associated Press, November
"If we thought that instead of 200 Palestinian fatalities, 2,000 dead
would put an end to the fighting at a stroke, we would use much more
Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001:
"There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies? Not just in
ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They
are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few
hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our
continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy."
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres,
as reported on Kol Yisrael radio:
"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do
that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about
American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and
the Americans know it."
"Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum":
"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and
the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab
Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department. From
Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5:
"There are some who believe that the non-Jewish population, even in a
high percentage, within our borders will be more effectively under our
surveillance; and there are some who believe the contrary, i.e., that it
is easier to carry out surveillance over the activities of a neighbor
than over those of a tenant. I tend to support the latter view and have
an additional argument:...the need to sustain the character of the state
which will henceforth be Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority limited to
15 percent. I had already reached this fundamental position as early as
1940 [and] it is entered in my diary."
In 1899, Davis Triestsch wrote to Herzl: " I would suggest to you to
come round in time to the "Greater Palestine" program before it is too
late... the Basle program must contain the words "Great Palestine" or
"Palestine and its neighboring lands" otherwise it's nonsense. You do
not get ten million Jews into a land of 25,000 Km2". " The present map
of Palestine was drawn by the British mandate. The Jewish people have
another map which our youth and adults should strive to fulfill -- From
the Nile to the Euphrates."
Vladimir Jabotinsky (the founder and advocate of the Zionist terrorist
organizations), Quoted by Maxime Rodinson in Peuple Juif ou Problem
Juif. (Jewish People or Jewish Problem):
"Has any People ever been seen to give up their territory of their own
free will? In the same way, the Arabs of Palestine will not renounce
their sovereignty without violence."
David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister) quoted by Nahum
Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121:
"If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel.
It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to
us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has
been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their
fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their
country. Why would they accept that?"