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Some of Our Favorite Quotes about Israel

 "In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”

- David Ben-Gurion

 

“Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish.”
- John F. Kennedy

 

“If you hate the Jewish people, you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ.” - Ted Cruz

 

“The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese–and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.”

- Eric Hoffer

 

“When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!”

- Rev. Martin Luther King, speaking with students, October 27, 1967

 

“If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”

- Benjamin Netanyahu

 

"Israel is now sustaining a war for its own existence. A nation defending its citizens against terrorist bombings and a military and diplomatic onslaught by an array of Arab foes is practicing survival, not genocide."

- Jack Schwartz

 

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity and the right to use whatever sea lanes it needs. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

- Rev. Martin Luther King, address to the Rabbinical Assembly March 26, 1968

 

“There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel.”

- Golda Meir

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