Shimon Peres – in his own words.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


In the 63 years since its Independence, Israel has had 12 different Prime Ministers. Four of them, including the present incumbent, served 2 terms. History will judge success or failure according to their actions. But there is another way in which they will be remembered. Their words of wit or wisdom.  Were they so memorable as to be ingrained forever in the minds of men?  (Just an expression – women included, of course).

To view selected quotations from all 12 Prime Ministers click on this link:

Here is one example to, hopefully, whet your appetite.

Shimon Peres (1995-1996)

Now Israel’s 9th President. To his great surprise he lost the election in 1996 to Benjamin Netanyahu

( but he had a reputation for losing elections.)

However, he did share the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. Isn’t it amazing the peace prizes that have been awarded for a region which hasn’t seen peace in over 60 years!

Selected quotes:

” Clinton is the greatest charmer on the planet

Shimon Peres, president of the State of Israel...

Shimon Peres - Prime Minister and, now, President

” Peace is like making love. You can’t enjoy either without closing your eyes a little bit.” *

” I have no hard feelings against Arafat.He remembered names and   birthdays. He just didn’t remember facts.” *

”  Today, it’s difficult to become a dictator in the Middle East. Five years  ago, it was so easy.” *

” Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.”

” When you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn’t think about, that doesn’t exist.” 

” With the religious you can hardly negotiate. They think they have supreme permission to kill people and go to war.”

” I am in favour of talking with the Palestinians.”


I’m not sure that Hillary is so happy about the first observation.


* Jerusalem Post 18/11/2011 – print edition

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