let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance-- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. Proverbs 1 v5-6


The quotes on this page are collected because of the way they encapsulate different aspects of the conflict in Israel in such concise, even witty terms. Even the comments by Israel's enemies are very telling in what they reveal.

"The path to Auschwitz was paved with indifference." Ian Kershaw - Historian

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke 1729-1797.

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell.

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them." George Orwell

"The bait of unity may cover the hook of heresy " Charles H Spurgeon

"The people who have signed up for that boycott are mostly second-rate academics from minor universities who have never done anything. They really are. Not exactly at the cutting edge of British intellectual thought." Lord Robert Winston

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Sir Winston Churchill

If truth is to prevail, we can't just "read" the newspaper. Be discerning and become part of the process. Otherwise, you're just a passive object of someone else's agenda. Tuvia Grossman (Jewish young man ambushed by Palestinians and then used as a "Palestinian victim" in the famous media campaign)

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last. Sir Winston Churchill

"Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to do so." Successor Hasan Rouhani - President of Iran

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." Benjamin Franklin

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan

"Liquidate the Diaspora or the Diaspora will surely liquidate you". Zeev Jabotinsky, in Europe - before the Holocaust.

"Governments who fail to place red lines in front of Iran have no moral right to put a red light before Israel." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"When the ill winds blow, I will always stand with the Muslims." Barak Obama (in his book, The Audacity of Hope.")

"There are currently about 30 terrorist attacks per day in this tiny country of 5.2 million Jews.  What if there were 30 terrorist attacks per day in Chicago or Los Angeles or Paris or London?"     Maoz Israel Report - April 2002   (commenting on events of March 2002)

“We do aim [our rockets], but their God changes their path in mid-air,” Unnamed Gaza citizen - reported in an unidentified English language newspaper in July 2014.

"If the Arabs (Muslims) put down their weapons today there would be no more violence.  If the Israelis put down their weapons today there would be no more Israel."   Various people   Quoted in Maoz Israel newsletter May 2004

"We in the Arab world, should reject the paralyzing and corrupting mindset of victimhood. We need to look forward, and take responsibility. Our culture is too rich, too deep and too important, to be reduced to resentment towards Israel and the West, and unless we want to be slaves to the past - we simply cannot afford to be prisoners in a world of frustration and hate - And what is happening now in the Middle East is a testimony, that at the end of the day, hate destroys the hater." George Deek - Israeli Arab diplomat.

"We are Arab people; when we report, we predate, and postdate, we add and we omit, but we do not mean to lie." - Ibn Qutaybah, Arab writer, 9th century.

"It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan."   - Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.

The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea."  Wallace Brand , July 1, 2009

"Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," . "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."    Jan Egeland   U.N. humanitarian chief

"We will make the lives of the infidels hell - millions of martyrs marching on Jerusalem."    Yasser Arafat  ( in Arabic ) on Palestine Radio.     ( It has been suggested that this could be a darker, coded, call to Muslim nations to attack Israel with weapons of mass destruction, even if it makes martyrs of millions of Palestinians )

“We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we will take from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death.”  – Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah

 "A partnership was established between Hitler's Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement... [the Zionists] gave permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine." - (Translation by Wiesenthal Center) - Mahmoud Abbas in his 1983 thesis, "The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement."

"Having more victims meant greater rights and stronger privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of war once it was over. However, since Zionism was not a fighting partner -- suffering victims in a battle -- it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under any name, to raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the moment of accounting…
It seems that the interest of the Zionist movement...is to inflate this figure so that their gains will be greater. This led them to emphasize this figure in order to gain the solidarity of international public opinion with Zionism. Many scholars have debated the figure of six million and reached stunning conclusions -- fixing the number of Jewish victims at only a few hundred thousand." - (Translation by Wiesenthal Center) - Mahmoud Abbas in his 1983 thesis, "The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement."

"Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. [..] Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing.  Apologize today, before remorse will do you no good.  Our nation is moving forwards, and it is in your interest to respect a victorious nation."   Khaled Mash'al, leader of Hamas, calling on European nations to apologise to Islam.  (Speech in Damascus, 3rd February 2006)

"I promise to crush Israel and return it to the humiliation and wretchedness of the Koran."   25th April 1972  by Anwar Sadat , president of Egypt who initiated the Yom Kippur war.  He was later assassinated by his own countrymen after signing a peace agreement with Israel.

"The Palestinian people accepted the Oslo agreements as a first step and not as a permanent settlement, based on the premise that war and struggle in the land is more efficient than a struggle from a distant land . . . "The Palestinian people will continue the revolution until they achieve the goals of the '65 revolution." ( destruction of Israel )      Abd El Aziz Shahian       PA MINISTER OF SUPPLIES      [AlAyyam, 30 May 2000]

'We are discussing the current problems and when we speak about Jerusalem it doesn't mean we have forgotten about Hebron or about Jaffa or about Acre . . . We are speaking about the current problems that have priority at a certain time. It doesn't mean that we have given up . . . We have announced a number of times that, from a religious point of view, Palestine from the sea [Mediterranean] to the river [Jordan] is Islamic."      Sheikh lkrima Sabri       PA-APPOINTED MUFTI OF JERUSALEM AND PALESTINE      [PATV, II January 2001]

'Had the US and Israel realized, before Oslo, that all that was left of the Palestinian national movement and the pan-Arab movement was a wooden horse called Arafat or the PLO, they would never have opened their fortified gates and let it inside their walls . . . This effort could have been much better, broader and more significant had we made it clearer to ourselves that the Oslo agreement, or any other agreement is just a temporary procedure, or just a step towards something bigger bigger . . . We distinguish the strategic, long-term goals from the politically phased goals, which we are compelled to accept temporarily due to international pressure . . . Palestine according to the higher strategy is "from the river to the sea."  Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation.'   Faisal Husseini    PA REPRESENTATIVE FOR JERUSALEM AFFAIRS    [Al-Arabi, Egypt, 24 June 2001]

'Whether they return to negotiations or not, and whether they fulfill the agreements or not, the political plan is a temporary agreement, and the conflict remains eternal, will not be locked, and the agreements being talked about are regarding the current balance of power. As to the struggle, it will continue. It may pause at times, but in the final analysis, Palestine is ours from the sea to the river.'    Abdullah AI-Hourani      CHAIRMAN, PALESTINIAN COUNCIL POLITICAL COMMITTEE     [Al Hayat Al Jadida, 14 April 2000]

'When we picked up the gun in '65 and the modem Palestinian revolution began, it had a goal. This goal has not changed, and it is the liberation of Palestine.'      Al Hayat Al Jadida, 20 January 2000]

"We fight side by side with our Palestinian brothers against Israel."   Fahid Abu Shamala, a fixer for the BBC and other foreign media in the Gaza Strip.       (The  source of impartial news in the UK ?)

"It isn't poverty that breeds terrorism, but terrorism that breeds poverty."   Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the U.N.

ďOur terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture,Ē Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al-Arabiya television wrote in his daily column published in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. This ran under the headline, ďThe Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims!Ē

" A society that produces suicide murderers in quantity is essentially committing its own suicide." Hiam Harari, Physicist and author of "A View from the Eye of the Storm."

"I have no hesitation in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to persuade Israel that it cannot simply do whatever it wants. That is the policy my country [France] pursued in the 1970s when it gave Iraq a nuclear force."  French EU parliamentarian Paul Marie Couteax  Standing before the EU parliament in Brussels on May 16 2001, after condemning Israel's actions to defend itself against Palestinian terrorism as the "theocratic excesses of this religious state." Couteax declared that Europe should supply the Arab world with nuclear weapons. 

“that shitty little country,” - French ambassador to Britain Daniel Bernard referring to Israel.

[Yasser Arafat] has "feasted on all sorts of funds flowing into the PA, including aid money, Israeli tax transfers, and revenue from a casino and Coca-Cola bottler. Much of the money appears to have gone to pay off others. New Finance Minister Salaam Fayad is cleaning up the PA's finances, cutting off much of Arafat's cash flow." 'Forbes'  (the Rich List people) revealing that Yasser  Arafat is worth $300m.  Reported in Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem; Feb 28, 2003

"There won't be peace in the Middle East until Yasser Arafat learns to love Palestinian children more than he hates the Jews."     Richard Booker, quoting former Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir "We will achieve peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us."

"How is it that half a billion hostile Arabs have managed to successfully portray themselves as the victims of five million Israeli Jews?  . . . . .  How did more than a dozen Arab tyrannies successfully portray Israel, the region's lone democracy, as the bad guys in the Middle East?   . . . .   What Israel has failed at utterly is framing the conflict with the Palestinians in moral terms.  This is not a dispute over land.  Rather it is a conflict between good and evil . . . . . . . Whatever grievances the Palestinians claim to have against Israel, choosing to settle them by maiming and murdering innocent men, women and children is a crime against God and a sin against humanity.   The Jews were put into ghettos and turned into piles of ashes by the Nazis.  But they never retaliated by machine-gunning German schoolgirls. . . . . "   Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.   Jerusalem Post Jan 9th 2003

“The acts we engage in for appeasement today, we will have to remedy at far greater cost and remorse tomorrow.” Sir Winston Churchill

"He who defines the terms, controls the debate."   Mike Evans, commenting on the practice of using euphemisms instead of the word "Terrorist", but equally valid to debates on the "Middle East Crisis", which all use Palestinian defined terminology.

"Iran is an island of stability in a turbulent corner of the world" Ex president Jimmy Carter in January 1978 in Iran at a state dinner. This is the man with so much wisdom to impart as to what should be done about Israel.

"we do [historiographically] because of ideological reasons, not because we are truth seekers." Marxist Israeli "New Historian" Ilan Pappe on criticism of his methods and his ideologically determined agenda.

"It's not that I place less value on Palestinian lives, but that Chairman Arafat and his chums in Hamas do."      Mark Steyn  -  Daily Telegraph  March 30 2002.  (Commenting on the practice of dressing up  little Palestinian children as suicide bombers and glorifying martyrdom)

"I donít want to involve myself in the various arguments about why Israel was created . . . . . I want to deal with the situation at hand which is the ongoing killing on both sides. . . . . . . Itís true that thereís also much oppression of Palestinians in Arab countries, where Palestinians arenít allowed to vote or own property and are treated as second class citizens and pawns in the fight against Israel. But Iím not going to spend my time on this since there is isnít a whole lot I can do about it."    Michael Moore, scourge of George Bush in particular and American government in general, justifying why, in his book, "Stupid White Men" he holds forth on the Middle East and condemns Israel  without looking any deeper than the usual Anti-Israel media stereotypes.

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant."      Omar Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations   (CAIR) 

"The Israelis have nuclear bombs but we have the children bomb and these human bombs must continue until liberation." Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

"We must all realise that the Israeli society is a military society - men and women.  We cannot describe the society as civilian .... they are not civilians or innocent." Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

"We will conquer Europe,  we will conquer America!" Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

"It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar Al-Harb (non Muslims) is not protected.  Because they fight against and are hostile towards the Muslims, they annulled the protection of his blood and his property." Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

"It is not suicide; it is martyrdom in the name of God.  I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an indication of the justice of Allah almighty.  Allah is just.  Through his infinite wisdom, he has given the weak what the strong do not possess and that is the ability to turn their bodies into bombs as the Palestinians do." Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

 Yusuf Al-Qaradawi  is sometimes called a moderate Muslim cleric, whose visit to the UK caused controversy with theabove quotes..

"The two sides that fought in World War I lived in the same century but in different places. The same is true for World War II. In World War III, both sides are almost everywhere, but they live in different centuries." Hiam Harari.

"So how's that hopey changey stuff working out for ya?" Sarah Palin commenting on Presidend Barak Obama's first year in office that saw him achieve nothing but oppress Israel and allow Iran to become a nuclear power.

"If you pursue an evenhanded policy between a cat and a mouse, do you help the mouse to survive - or allow the cat to eat half the mouse?" Hiam Harari

"Bombs take hours or days to reach every corner of the earth. Words arrive instantly and kill more people. They are a weapon of mass destruction." Hiam Harari

"What kind of expression is this – "punishing Israel"? Are we a vassal state of yours? Are we a banana republic? Are we youths of fourteen who, if they don't behave properly, are slapped across the fingers? Let me tell you who this government is composed of. It is composed of people whose lives were spent in resistance, in fighting and in suffering. You will not frighten us with "punishments." He who threatens us will find us deaf to his threats. We are only prepared to listen to rational arguments. You have no right to "punish" Israel – and I protest at the very use of this term." Israeli Prime Minister, Manachem Begin to US ambassador Lewis in December 1981 after President Reagan attempted to punish Israel.

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."    -H. L. Mencken

Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree - flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying."                            Chuck Cohen, in "Roots of Our Faith"

"Jesus Christ is the most famous Jew of all time, but is today remembered as a Christian.  Surprisingly, the Jewish community has accepted this distortion of history, and tends to regard Jesus as an apostate.  How odd that the Jews would accept a Christian version of one of their brethren rather than seeking to discover the man entombed beneath the myth."    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Discovering the Jewish Jesus  (Jerusalem Post 7th July 2005)

How odd

Of God

To choose

The Jews        William Norman Ewer  

But not so odd

As those who choose

A Jewish God

But spurn the Jews      T E Brown   

Quotes about the Six Day War - http://www.sixdaywar.co.uk/crucial_quotes.htm

A quote wrongly attributed to Marco Polo has been removed. See www.snopes.com

Updated 05/01/16

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