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Golda Meir (1898 – 1978)


Israeli politician and one of the founders of the State of Israel.
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We donít thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient.
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Any one 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.
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We owe a responsibility not only to those who are in Israel but also to those generations that are no more, to those millions who have died within our lifetime, to Jews all over the world, and to generations of Jews to come. 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.




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America is a great country. It has many shortcomings, many social inequalities, and itís tragic that the problem of the blacks wasnít solved fifty or even a hundred years ago, but itís still a great country, a country full of opportunities, of freedom! Does it seem nothing to you to be able to say what you like, even against the government, the Establishment?
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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.
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There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.
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I prefer to stay alive and be criticized than be sympathized.
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To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you donít be.
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Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.
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Womenís Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. Itís the men who are discriminated against. They canít bear children. And no oneís likely to do anything about that.
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I am also grateful that 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. To have learned this is a great art, the prescription for which is not written down anywhere. It is part of our way of life in Israel. Finally, I wish to say that from the time I came to Palestine as a young woman, we have been forced to choose between what is more dangerous and what is less dangerous for us. At times 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.




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How can I explain the difference to me between America and Russia?... the America Iíve known is a place where men on horseback escort union marchers, the Russia Iíve known is a place where men on horseback slaughter young Socialists and Jews.
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We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon ó no alternative. The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight.
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I thought that a Jewish state would be free of the evils afflicting other societies: theft, murder, prostitution... But now we have them all. And thatís a thing that cuts to the heart ...
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What do you gain, Soviet Union, from this miserable policy? Where is your decency? Would it be a disgrace for you to give up this battle?
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Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.
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It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We donít want victories anymore.
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Itís no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? . . . Those who donít know how to weep with their whole heart donít know how to laugh either.
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I want to see a film, they send the Israeli army reserves to escort me! What kind of life is this?
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It is not only a matter, I believe, of religious observance and practice. To me, being Jewish means and has always meant being proud to be part of a people that has maintained its distinct identity for more than 2,000 years, with all the pain and torment that has been inflicted upon it.


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