“Myself, first of all, I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.”

Quotes by Ariel Sharon

  1. A day will come when other Israelis will be launched into space in the service of science and progress. For them and for us, Ilan Ramon will always be a source of inspiration as Israel’s space pioneer, and his memory will be engraved in our hearts forever.
  2. A lie should be tried in a place where it will attract the attention of the world.
  3. A people cannot exist if there is no social solidarity.
  4. Abu Mazen is not a member of the Zionist movement. He is a Palestinian.
  5. Abu Mazen understands that it is impossible to vanquish Israel by means of terrorism.
  6. All together, we know for many years that terror is the most dangerous thing for local, regional and international stability.
  7. And Israel, being a tiny, small country, of course has interest to strengthen – we have interest to strengthen our relations with other countries, mostly countries that were hostile for many, many years.
  8. Arabs have the right to visit everywhere in the Land of Israel, and Jews have the right to visit every place in the Land of Israel.
  9. Arafat conducts terror; his strategy is the strategy of terror.
  10. Arafat is hosting, training, supporting, sponsoring terrorist organizations.
  11. Arafat is the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East.
  12. As a Jew, it is my historic responsibility to defend the Jewish people. I feel this responsibility for the survival of the Jewish people. We’re not going to accept any decision by anybody else about security of the State of Israel. It is our role and only our role.
  13. As long as I’m needed. I’ll be ready to serve. I look forward with optimism. We need the Jews here. Move to Israel! Move to Israel!
  14. As one who has been in hard situations, I believe that I know how to deal with complicated and hard situations.
  15. As one who participated in all the wars of the state of Israel, I saw the horror of wars. I saw the fear of wars. I saw my best friends being killed in battles. I was seriously injured twice.
  16. Both during the elections and as Prime Minister, I have repeatedly and publicly said that I support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel.
  17. But there’s one thing we are not going to compromise at all: when it comes to security of Israeli citizens and the State of Israel, there are not going to be any compromises – not now and not in the future.
  18. Close to 80 percent of all terrorist activity in Samaria was directed and financed either by Hizbullah or the Iranians. Iran continues to increase its involvement in terror attacks inside Israel, particularly through a small but radical minority of Israeli Arabs which Iran supports and directs.
  19. Countries such as Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria, which support terrorist organizations and use terror to achieve their objectives, are precisely the same countries working tirelessly to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This combination creates a new dimension to the threat on our way of life in the 21st century.
  20. David Ben-Gurion understood that the public’s trust is given to a leader in order to lead, determine clear goals and make difficult decisions. The fate of the people and the good of the state guided him, not polls, media treatment or measures of prestige.
  21. Even a superpower has limits.
  22. Even the sheep are afraid of me.
  23. Every Jew has the right to ascend onto the Temple Mount.
  24. Every leaving of a Jewish community is a most difficult thing.
  25. Expressions of disobedience naturally encourage terrorist organizations and motivate them to intensify their actions.
  26. For me, peace should provide security to the Jewish people.
  27. Hamas is a terror organization with a covenant that speaks about the elimination of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. They are not partners for negotiations.
  28. I am 73 years old. I’ve seen everything. I’ve met the kings, the queens, the presidents, I’ve been around the world. I have one thing that I would like to do: to try to reach peace.
  29. I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this many times. I don’t plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem.
  30. I am working on the assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza.
  31. I believe Prime Minister Blair is a friend, and a friend of Israel.
  32. I believe orders should be obeyed, but sometimes you have to think about the orders you get.
  33. I believe that Israel is much stronger than many of its leaders.
  34. I believe that the Jewish state will exist forever.
  35. I call on the Western democracies and primarily on the leader of the free world, the United States: Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a convenient temporary solution… Israel will not be Czechoslovakia.
  36. I cannot say that the attitude of the United Nations always is for the Israeli attitude. Israel, I think, has been under severe attacks by members of the United Nations many times.
  37. I do know that Syria never will recognize Lebanon as an independent country, and the declaration of independence of Lebanon took place in 1943. Syria never – Syria never have recognized Lebanon. They regard Lebanon as part of Syria.
  38. I don’t hate anyone.
  39. I don’t see any situation where Israel will not be sitting on the Golan Heights.
  40. I don’t think I have accomplished what I still have to accomplish. There is one thing that I would like to do, and that’s to bring security and peace to the Jewish people.
  41. I established the Likud to serve a national idea and provide hope to the people of Israel, but it unfortunately can no longer do that.
  42. I have absolute faith in the correctness of my course.
  43. I have always maintained that the only group I belong to consists of my family, my wife Lily, my mother, my sons Omri and Gilad.
  44. I have worries, but in difficult times, that is when I am quiet.
  45. I know more about wheat and olive trees than I do about politics.
  46. I like animals.
  47. I never had a political power base.
  48. I prefer to stay with Likud. I think I have to be in the party I managed to build.
  49. I think that Hezbollah, no doubt that they work together with the Syrians.
  50. I was born in the Land of Israel, the son of pioneers – people who tilled the land and sought no fights – who did not come to Israel to dispossess its residents.
  51. I was born on a farm. My strength has nothing to do with political apparatus. I get my strength from nature, from flowers.
  52. I would like to be on the farm. To ride the horses. To watch the cattle, and the plantations, and the beautiful vegetables that my sons are growing there. I would like it. I am one of those who do not have to worry about what I am doing later. I love the fields.
  53. I wouldn’t go so far to say that destiny preserves me. I managed to survive and to succeed.
  54. I’m a friend of Colin Powell. We talk quite often.
  55. I’m an optimist.
  56. I’ve been under security protection since 1978.
  57. If I have to advise our brothers in France, I’ll tell them one thing – move to Israel, as early as possible. I say that to Jews all around the world, but there I think it’s a must and they have to move immediately.
  58. If cars and buses were attacked daily by petrol bombs or stones for 16 months in Washington, could you imagine it would be tolerated? It would not, because in the name of democracy, to preserve democracy, steps would be taken.
  59. If there is ever to be an end to the conflict, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish people’s right to a homeland and the existence of an independent Jewish state in the homeland of the Jewish people.
  60. If there is something that I respect about the Arabs, it’s the fact that they never change their position.
  61. If there will be a serious Palestinian prime minister who makes a 100 percent effort to end terrorism, then we can have peace. Each side has to take steps. If terror continues, there will not be an independent Palestinian state. Israel will not accept it, if terror continues.
  62. In all of my possessions, in all moments, whether hard or happy, I was accompanied by my dear wife, Lilly, who supported me wholeheartedly.
  63. In times of peace, just as today in our fight against terror, the United States and Israel stand together.
  64. Iran, Libya and Syria are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve.
  65. Israel does not start wars.
  66. Israel doesn’t have to hide anything.
  67. Israel has many hopes, and faces extreme dangers. The most prominent danger is Iran, which is making every effort to acquire nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and establishing an enormous terror network together with Syria in Lebanon.
  68. Israel is a society governed by the rule of law.
  69. Israel is a wonderful country. It’s a beautiful country. It is ours. But it is a country with 10,000 problems that we have to solve and deal.
  70. Israel is an independent country with a large army, and it has the ability to do what it thinks is right.
  71. Israel is the only country in the world that is ready to make compromises – even though it did not lose any wars.
  72. Israel is the only democracy in this part of the world.
  73. Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.
  74. Israel’s security policy is determined by our needs. I strongly reject all the unfounded publicity suggesting that Israel is prevented from taking action because of international pressure.
  75. Israel, an embattled democracy, has been fighting terrorism for over 100 years.
  76. It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel. If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we are liable to lose it all. Everything. That is where the extremist path takes us.
  77. It is in Israel’s interest not to govern the Palestinians but for the Palestinians to govern themselves in their own state.
  78. It was a grave mistake to dismantle the Jewish communities in Sinai.
  79. It’s very, very clear that you cannot move to the next phase unless the former one has been fully accomplished.
  80. Jerusalem is the holiest place for the Jewish people.
  81. Jordan is Palestine. The capital of Palestine is Amman. If Palestinian Arabs want to find their political expression, they will have to do it in Amman.
  82. Legitimate steps of self-defence which Israel takes in its war against Palestinian terror – actions which any sovereign state is obligated to undertake to ensure the security of its citizens – are presented by those who hate Israel as aggressive, Nazi-like steps.
  83. Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians.
  84. My first love was, and remains, manual labor; sowing and harvesting, the pastures, the flock, and the cattle.
  85. My grandfather was facing this terror, my parents, myself.
  86. My opinions are aggressive, I admit that. But not my personality. I’m sociable.
  87. My strength never came from political echelons, it came from the family. And from the fields and the lands and the flowers and everything I see there. My strength came from there.
  88. Myself, first of all, I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.
  89. Netanyahu is pressured easily, gets into a panic, and loses his senses… to run a country like Israel a leader needs to have reason and judgment and nerves of steel, two traits he does not have.
  90. No one wants to be beaten, even myself.
  91. On April 19 1943, the Bermuda conference gathered, with the participation of representatives from Britain and the United States, in order to discuss saving the Jews of Europe. In fact, the participants did everything in their power to avoid dealing with the problem.
  92. One cannot negotiate under fire.
  93. One generation after another is drifting away from anything Jewish.
  94. One has to view things realistically.
  95. One must remember that the Jews have one, tiny country, the only place they have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves. And it is our duty and my responsibility to see that we will never compromise about that.
  96. Peace should provide security. It should be durable. I’m ready to go far in making painful concessions. But there is one thing I will never make any concessions on and that’s the security of the Israeli citizens and the very existence of the state of Israel. The Palestinians are losing time.
  97. Political life is like a big wheel: constantly turning. At times you are up, at times down. But always, the wheel keeps moving.
  98. Pope John Paul II was a man of peace, a friend of the Jewish nation… and worked for the historic reconciliation between the nations and for the renewal of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Vatican at the end of 1993.
  99. Staying in Likud means wasting time in political squabbles rather than acting on behalf of the good of the country.
  100. Syria is hosting the most dangerous terrorist organizations.
  101. Terrorists are trained in Syria, and weapons come from Iran and Syria, and I believe that’s something that should be stopped.
  102. That is all that we want, what people want, what people want in New York, in Washington, in Pittsburgh, in any other place in the United States or in Europe. People want to live peacefully. That’s what we want.
  103. The Jewish people remember the dramatic vote in the U.N. Assembly on November 29, 1947, when representatives of the nations recognized our right to national revival in our historic homeland.
  104. The Palestinians have arrived at the conclusion that nothing can be achieved using terror.
  105. The Palestinians should have understood by now that what they haven’t gotten today they won’t be given tomorrow.
  106. The State of Israel is not collapsing and will not collapse.
  107. The United States cannot live with terror.
  108. The fight against terrorism is an international struggle of the free world against the forces of darkness.
  109. The government, under my leadership, will act to implement the rule of law and to maintain the independence of the judicial system, which is one of the pillars of maintaining a democratic system.
  110. The great question of our day is whether we, the Jewish people of Israel, can find within us the will to survive as a nation.
  111. The ongoing conflict between us has caused heavy suffering to both peoples. The future can and must be different. Both our peoples are destined to live together side by side, on this small piece of land. This reality we cannot change.
  112. The power of a person derives not from the office he occupies but from a clear sense of direction and aspiration and from a willingness to struggle for his ways and beliefs.
  113. The problem is that Abu Mazen signed an agreement with the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
  114. The right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel does not mean disregarding the rights of others in the land.
  115. The sad and horrible conclusion is that no one cared that Jews were being murdered… This is the Jewish lesson of the Holocaust and this is the lesson which Auschwitz taught us.
  116. The strength that I have comes from irrigating the citrus plantation, ploughing in the vineyard, guarding the melon fields at night. I believe that’s what gave me the strength.
  117. There is a deep-felt desire among the people to stand firmly together in dealing with the challenges of the future.
  118. There is a famous saying: ‘It’s hard to be a Jew.’ It’s also hard to be a Palestinian. I know that.
  119. There is a feeling among the Arabs – encouraging terrorist activity is part of the broad new Arab strategy – that sooner or later, Israel will be forced to withdraw from Samaria, Judea and Gaza.
  120. There is no bullet-proof vest in my size.
  121. There is no good terror and bad terror. Terror is terror. There’s not terror that you can accept and terror that you cannot accept. Terror is terror. Murder is murder.
  122. To our Palestinian neighbours, I assure you that we have a genuine intention to respect your right to live independently and in dignity. I have already said that Israel has no desire to continue to govern over you and control your fate.
  123. To the citizens of Israel, I say: we have passed difficult years, faced the most painful experiences and overcame them. The future lies before us. We are required to take difficult and controversial steps, but we must not miss the opportunity to try to achieve what we have wished for, for so many years: security, tranquillity and peace.
  124. We are together with the British and Americans because one should fight terror. But we are not going to pay the price for it by endangering Israel and its citizens.
  125. We do not build new Jewish communities in Samaria, Judea and Gaza. The United States has never accepted our building of communities or of the fence. Yet, I’ve managed to develop relations between Israel and the United States even though President Bush never supported settlements.
  126. We don’t have any intention whatsoever to use military force to solve the Palestinian problem. But when it comes to terror – when it comes to terror, I believe that military – the right military steps is a very, very complicated kind of warfare, where I make every effort not to escalate the situation.
  127. We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides.
  128. We have built cities, developed industry and cultivated agriculture – we have transformed the State of Israel into an example and symbol for many other countries in the world.
  129. We have evidence that Iran makes a reactor to possess nuclear weapons.
  130. We have learned a long time ago that one cannot compromise with terrorists.
  131. We have no desire to permanently rule over millions of Palestinians, who double their numbers every generation. Israel, which wishes to be an exemplary democracy, will not be able to bear such a reality over time. The Disengagement Plan presents the possibility of opening a gate to a different reality.
  132. We have to remember that Arafat was the one that started with hijacking airplanes already in 1968.
  133. What would happen in the U.S. to terrorists who are not citizens? In less than 24 hours, they would be rounded up, taken to the airport and expelled.
  134. When I was born here on one of the farms in Israel, my childhood, I never thought for one day that we will not be living together with Arabs.
  135. When it comes to matters of war and peace, we must not act rashly.
  136. You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation – to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.
  137. You don’t have to be a scared person. I’ve had so many tragedies. I’ve managed to withstand things that you may think you cannot tolerate. But I have the strength.

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