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).
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Here is one example to whet your appetite.
Golda Meir (1969-1974)
Only Woman to occupy this position in Israel – and only the third female Prime Minister in the world to that date.
” Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. the pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”
” Being seventy is not a sin”
” Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.”
” The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world – no ideals!”
” In our wars with the Arabs we had a secret weapon – no alternative.”
” Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
” There was no such thing as the Palestinians.”
” I prefer to stay alive and be criticised than be sympathised.”
And, in avoiding a direct answer to a direct question:
” I believe in the Jewish people. And the Jewish People believe in God.”
Former prime minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir “the best man in the government”
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