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 Olmert (2006-2009)
Became Prime Minister by default following Sharon’s stroke and was never really popular; viewed as too much of a hedonist. Got embroiled in a number of financial scandals which are currently making their way through the courts. Credited with making the most generous offer to the Palestinians ever.
Which, of course, they rejected!
It could be that he was underrated, given that many of the following quotes could have been said in the past weeks, rather than 3 or 4 years ago.
Either that, or we have to face up to the fact that nothing much changes here. One of my favourite quotes of Yitzhak Shamir has also stood the test of time:
” The Arabs are the same Arabs, and the sea is the same sea. “
Checkout Olmert’s quotes for confirmation
” The behaviour of the settlers cannot be tolerated. Today they crossed every line.”
” We are not going to transfer funds which could finance terrorist attacks against our civilians.”
” The President of Iran… is a heinous anti-Semitic phenomenon. We must prevent Iran from reaching a technical know-how…and the international community has the tools to deal with this.”
” We support the establishment of a modern, democratic Palestinian state.”
” Simply don’t trust the Palestinians.”
” I want you to be ready to take my place, Ariel Sharon told me.”
” Bibi wants to destroy everything for his own personal interests.”
” Bibi Netanyahu has set himself up as the head of the extreme right wing.”
” We can never totally return to the pre-1967 borders.”
” There can be no progress with an administration in which there are terrorist organisations as members.”
“The Oslo agreement had its weaknesses, but it was also justified……it forced the conclusion that Israel must return to its correct borders.”
” We will not negotiate with a government that does not keep its most basic commitment fighting terror.”
” We cannot continue to control areas of the territories in which most Palestinians live.”
For someone who did not appear to have a high opinion of Bibi, many of his expressed views were remarkably similar.
Maybe they just come with the post of being the Prime Minister of Israel. Or perhaps it’s as his mentor, Ariel Sharon, famously said:
” Things you see from here, you don’t see from there.”
Andyboy – Telling it as it is!
- The 12 Prime Ministers of Israel – their wit and wisdom! (andyboy1.com)
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