Illuminating Quotes from Ben Gurion

Excerpts from Famous Zionist Quotes, Palestine Remembered.

 “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations’ time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it’s simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipes us out”. (The Jewish Paradox by Nahum Goldman, p. 99)

“The Arabs cannot accept the existence of Israel. Those who accept it are not normal. The best solution for the [Palestinian] Arabs in Israel is to go and live in the Arab states—in the framework of a peace treaty or transfer.” (Simha Flapan, p. 99)

The Israeli policy has not changed since.

6 Responses

  1. Great quotes thanks!

  2. Thank the team of Palestine Remembered… I just thought they were significant in analysing the intentions of the zionist state towards Gaza.

  3. you know, i’ve always wondered whether one day they’ll really transfer us from here, i thought about whether there are some laws somewhere that will protect us from their ultimate goal, i mean, i read (used to) a lot of hate discriminating comments on newspaper websites and stuff against palestinian arabs, as though they are doing us a favour for letting us live here and forgetting that we are the indigenous people of the land, quite ironic,(at first these comments used to get to me but i started feeling cold toward it really and think to myself let them keep chanting, what can they do, the very thought of this is satisfying).

  4. there are laws that in theory protect those in Palestine from ethnic cleansing. But they are the same laws that supposedly guarantee the right of return of refugees and supposedly protect people from war crimes, and massacres….

    i do not trust the UN or anyone when it comes to proecting the rights and lives of the weak, when they are being persecuted by a superpower or the friend of a superpower. they are worth less than the paper they are written on.

  5. Hey Loolt,

    Now is a very dark time. A time of fear and despair. A time of anger and rage. All I can offer is my hope in a time when the people of Gaza, the West Bank and Israel will see the meaningless of all this violence.

    My friends in Sydney of Palestinian and Israeli background both look with great sorrow at the region and to what is happening to their families and friends.

    Ironically when the United States in March 1948 decided to place Palestine into a UN trusteeship for ten years it was the Jewish Agency under Ben Gurion that also did not place their trust in the UN and chose to fight for Jewish independence.

    Look what it got them. A state but at what cost.

    The UN, the US, the UK, Australia all have faults. But they are our best hope of trying to get peace on the ground. Keep lobbying, keep advocating and never give up.

    When it all gets a bit much take time out and look at those stars of yours. It will put it all into perspective.


    Stewart Mills
    Sydney, Australia

  6. Hello Stewart,

    Long time no see 🙂

    I dont agree to put our trust in the US, UK or Australia the first I know is definatley pro-Israel (and recent studies of the Jewish Lobby–a Zionist lobby in this case– shows that the chances of this changing is slim). How can we trust those who are biased against us? The UK is powrful through the US thus can be disnissed, and the same goes for Australia.

    The UN would be the only hope for proper external intervention… but it has proven time and time again to be inneffective and impotent.



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