Not for peace

David Ben-Gurion,
first Israeli Prime Minister

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!

Ariel Sharon,
Israeli Prime Minister

Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.

Matityahu Peled,
Israeli General in 1948

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.”

David Ben-Gurion,
first Israeli Prime Minister

If I was an Arab leader I would never make [peace] with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country.

Menachem Begin,
Prime Minister of Israel, 1977 – 1983

The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized…. Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever.”