Yitzhak Rabin Quotes (36 Quotes)

    We must think differently, look at things in a different way. Peace requires a world of new concepts, new definitions.

    I considered the prevention of war as the test of our security policy in addition to being able to rapidly and forcefully end any war forced upon us.

    We will not rest until we reach a permanent agreement with the Palestinians that would secure a safe future for our children and that would provide us with renewed hope to live in a region where people lead a life of co-operation and not, God forbid, where blood is shed.

    The main message is that in a democracy, assassination is not the means to change policy, ... Unfortunately, the assassin was right for a while, there was a freeze in process.

    I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader of the PLO, the representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose to have coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state and Palestinian state, entity, next to us, living in peace.

    In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.

    There is no way of finding the middle ground, even with the best intentions of the world. Our most sensible policy is to stall.

    A diplomatic peace is not yet the real peace. It is an essential step in the peace process leading towards a real peace.

    I believe that in the long run, separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again.

    You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies.

    I would like Israel to be a Jewish state, and therefore not to annex over 2 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to Israel, which will make Israel a bi-national state.

    Ariel Sharon finally decided when he took this position, the disengagement, that this is the only way, and he realized that this is the way to gain the support of the world, ... After doing the disengagement, Ariel Sharon came to the U.N. for the first time, he came from the feeling that the world is not against us anymore.

    Israel is no longer a people that dwells alone, and has to join the global journey toward peace, reconciliation and international cooperation.

    Of all hands in the world, it was not the hand that I wanted or dreamed of touching, ... We, the soldiers who have returned from battle stained with blood, we who have seen our relatives and friends killed before our eyes, we who have attended their funerals and cannot look into the eyes of their parents, we who have come from a land where parents bury their children, we who have fought against you, the Palestinians - we say to you today in a loud and clear voice Enough of blood and tears. Enough. ...The time for peace has come.

    We are very much aware that many Israeli schools are not obeying the law to commemorate the assassination,

    Practically the only way to dry the swamp of radical Islam is through economic development and an improved standard of living.

    What he did right now, pulling out of Gaza, is in the same path of my father's concept,

    The struggle to get weapons is continuous, but the United States will aid us, if it finds Israel displaying a willingness for peace.

    It is not worth the paper it is written on unless it is backed by the kind of force that will make the other side consider the penalties too heavy to break the agreement.

    We were all surprised how smooth it went, relative to what was expected. It took Israeli society time, 10 years, to become ripe for such a move,

    I am 73 years old. I was born in Jerusalem. I'm the first prime minister of Israel to be born here. I am the only former general to become a prime minister.

    I don't think he would have been able to bridge the great differences between the Palestinians and Israel.

    Only the change on the international scene, the crisis in the gulf, and the strong, firm position of the United States against aggression between two Arab countries created realities that led to the Madrid Peace Conference.

    Israel's willingness to cooperate closely with the U.S. in protecting American interests in the region altered her image in the eyes of many officials in Washington.

    Israel has an important principle: It is only Israel that is responsible for our security.

    I believe that it is my responsibility as the prime minister of Israel to do whatever can be done to exploit the unique opportunities that lie ahead of us to move towards peace. Not everything can be done by one act.

    I believe however that peace is attainable regardless of the Arabs mentality, society or government.

    No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving more by the way of violence.

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