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Ben Gurion quote

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Submitted by Chris D (United States), Jun 21, 2011 at 10:21

I am pro-Israel but a friend who is not, sent the quote below:

Full quote:

  • "I don't understand your optimism. Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were 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 antisemitism, 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 wipe us out.
    • As quoted in The Jewish Paradox : A Personal Memoir (1978) by Nahum Goldmann, as translated by Steve Cox, p. 99 ISBN 0-448-15166-9

I countered that Ben Gurion was being honest about "realpolitik". I think it was a dumb idea for the Brits to promise this - then UN? to give it to them but, it happened and Ben Gurion and company took advantage. Romans took it. Arabs lived there. Jews got it back. And the world turns..

Any better explanations for Ben Gurion's statement?


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