His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
Declaration to Baron Rothchild, on
"The past leaders of our
movement left us a clear message to keep Eretz
Minister Yitzhak Shamir declares at a Tel Aviv
memorial service for former Likud leaders, November
“We must expel Arabs and take their places."
David Ben Gurion, future Prime Minister of Israel, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.
"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."
Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking
of the Arabs of Palestine,Complete
"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves."
Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.
"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’”
Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published
in the New York Times,
"We must use terror,
assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social
services to rid the
Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet. "We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters"
Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's special adviser on Arab Affairs,
1960. From "The Arabs in
"Zionist colonization must either be terminated or carried out against the wishes of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, be continued and make progress only under the protection of a power independent of the native population - an iron wall, which will be in a position to resist the pressure to the native population. This is our policy towards the Arabs..."
Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923.
"A voluntary reconciliation with the Arabs is out of the question either now or in the future. If you wish to colonize a land in which people are already living, you must provide a garrison for the land, or find some rich man or benefactor who will provide a garrison on your behalf. Or else-or else, give up your colonization, for without an armed force which will render physically impossible any attempt to destroy or prevent this colonization, colonization is impossible, not difficult, not dangerous, but IMPOSSIBLE!... Zionism is a colonization adventure and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force. It is important... to speak Hebrew, but, unfortunately, it is even more important to be able to shoot - or else I am through with playing at colonizing."
Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism (precursor of Likud), The Iron Wall, 1923.
"There are some who believe that the non-Jewish population, even in a high percentage, within our borders will be more effectively under our surveillance; and there are some who believe the contrary, i.e., that it is easier to carry out surveillance over the activities of a neighbor than over those of a tenant. I tend to support the latter view and have an additional argument:...the need to sustain the character of the state which will henceforth be Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority limited to 15 percent.
I had already reached this fundamental position as early as 1940 [and] it is entered in my diary."
Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department.
"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."
Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.
In 1899, Davis Triestsch wrote to Herzl: " I would suggest to you to come round in time to the "Greater Palestine" program before it is too late... the Basle program must contain the words "Great Palestine" or "Palestine and its neighboring lands" otherwise it's nonsense. You do not get ten million Jews into a land of 25,000 Km2".
" The present map of
" It lies upon the people's shoulders to prepare for the war, but it lies upon the Israeli army to carry out the fight with the ultimate object of erecting the Israeli Empire."
Moshe Dayan (
"The only solution is Eretz
Joseph Weitz, Director of the Jewish National Fund, the Zionist agency charged with acquiring Palestinian land, Circa 194. Machover Israca, January 5, 1973 p.2.
"Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries - all of them. Not one village, not one tribe should be left."
Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department in 1940. From "A Solution to the Refugee Problem"
"We must do everything to
insure they (the Palestinians) never do return." Assuring
his fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come back to their homes.
"The old will die and the young will forget."
David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, 18 July 1948, quoted in Michael Bar Zohar's Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentice-Hall, 1967, p. 157.
One of the most enduring and
deceptive slogans of Zionism was coined by
"land without people for a people without land."
After paying a visit to
" Abroad we are accustomed to believe that Israel is almost empty; nothing is grown here and that whoever wishes to buy land could come here and buy what his heart desires. In reality, the situation is not like this. Throughout the country it is difficult to find cultivable land which is not already cultivated."
"How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to."
"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed."
Israeli Prime Minister
"...if people become accustomed to the large figure and we are actually obliged to accept the return of the refugees, we may find it difficult, when faced with hordes of claimants, to convince the world that not all of these formerly lived in Israeli territory. It would, in any event, seem desirable to minimize the numbers...than otherwise."
Israeli official Arthur Lourie in a letter to Walter Eytan, director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry (ISA FM 2564/22). From Benny Morris, "The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem 1947-49", p. 297.
"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."
Yoram Bar Porath,
Yediot Aahronot, of
"We should prepare to go
over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash
David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar,
"A Christian state should
be established [in
David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel, described Zionist aims in 1948
"Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories."
Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, tells students at Bar Ilan University, From the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them."
Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme
right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence
any People ever been seen to give up their territory of their own free will? In
the same way, the Arabs of
Vladimir Jabotinsky (the founder and advocate of the Zionist terrorist organizations), Quoted by Maxime Rodinson in Peuple Juif ou Problem Juif. (Jewish People or Jewish Problem).
"If I were an Arab leader,
I would never sign an agreement with
David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister) quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.
would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and
Isreali Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir,
in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times
"When we have settled the
land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like
drugged cockroaches in a bottle."
Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence
Forces, New York Times,
“If we thought that instead of 200 Palestinian fatalities, 2,000 dead would put an end to the fighting at a stroke, we would use much more force...."
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, quoted in Associated Press, November 16, 2000.
"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
General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz,
"We declare openly that the
Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz
Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces - Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983, New York Times 14 April 1983.
"There is a huge gap between
us (Jews) and our enemies? Not just in ability but in morality, culture,
sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as
if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not
belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different
Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The
"The Palestinians are like
crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want
Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at
the time - August 28, 2000. Reported in the
" [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two
Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the Beasts". New Statesman,
"Jewish blood and a goy's [gentile's] blood are not the same."
Yitzhak Ginsburg, Inferring that killing isn't murder if the victim is Gentile.
"If the General Assembly
were to vote by 121 votes to 1 in favor of "
"Every time we do something
you tell me
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.
"Among the most disturbing
political phenomena of our time is the emergence in the newly created State of
[Begin, and Yitzhak Shamir who were members of the party became Prime Ministers.] Albert Einstein, Hanna Arendt and other prominent Jewish Americans, writing in The New York Times, protest the visit to America of Menachem Begin, December 1948.
"We will have to face the
Martin Buber, Jewish Philosopher, addressed Prime Minister Ben Gurion on the moral character of the state of
"When we [followers of the
prophetic Judaism] returned to
Martin Buber, to a New York audience, Jewish Newsletter, June 2, 1958.
"Hitler's legal power was based upon the 'Enabling Act', which was passed quite legally by the Reichstag and which allowed the Fuehrer and his representatives, in plain language, to be what they wanted, or in legal language, to issue regulations having the force of law. Exactly the same type of act was passed by the Knesset [Israeli's Parliament] immediately after the 1967 conquest granting the Israeli governor and his representatives the power of Hitler, which they use in Hitlerian manner."
Dr. Israel Shahak, Chairperson of the Israeli League for Human and
Civil Rights, and a survivor of the Bergen Belsen
concentration camp, Commenting on the Israeli
military's Emergency Regulations following the 1967 War.
"If we are going to admit claims on conquest thousands of years ago, the whole world will have to be turned upside down."
Lord Sydenham, Hansard, House of