Ehud Barak – 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 whet your appetite.

Ehud Barak ( 1999-2001)

Ehud Barak et Condoleezza Rice.

Ehud Barak and Condoleeza Rice

A highly decorated and respected soldier who turned to politics. Unfortunately he is perceived  as being willing to do anything to stay in government, including forming a new party when rejected by his previous Labour faction.

Selected Quotes

” If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I’d eventually join one of the terrorist organisations.”

” Maybe I made a few or, maybe, many tactical mistakes…….” 

“Our children have to be educated in the values of equality, freedom of choice and democracy.”

” We want peace, but not at any price”

” There is a golden opportunity with Arafat in power, with Clinton still in power, with this government in Israel that wants to make peace.”

” (Jerusalem is) the united and eternal capital of Israel.”

” No Israeli prime Minister will ever be able to sign a document that gives up sovereignty of the Temple Mount to the Palestinians.”

” There is no failure, even though the level of expectation is very low.”

” There are no negotiations. … There are no discussions about renewing negotiations…. we have demanded there must be a dramatic change in the violence.”

” Don’t make any concessions.”

“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

(The more things change, the more they stay the same)



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