Yitzhak Rabin – 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 we can remember them. 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

Yitzhak Rabin ( 1974-1977 and 1992 -1995)

English: A handshake between Hussein I of Jord...

Giving peace a chance - or placing hope above reality?

The first Prime Minister from a military background, and the first to have been born in Israel. Of course his other “first” was to become the only one who was assassinated while in office. Arguments about his legacy have become more strident over the years. If anything, his reputation has become tarnished with the passage of time. History is a cruel judge. His belief that peace could be achieved with the Arabs has not been fulfilled. His words often seem to place hope above reality.

Selected quotations.

” (They) can spin around like propellors. (1)

” I want to remind you; we committed ourselves….before the Knesset …not to uproot a single settlement….and not to hinder building for natural growth.”

” Enough of blood and tears. Enough.”

” Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again.”

” We do not celebrate the death of our enemies.”

‘” In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.”

” Israel has an important principle; it is only Israel that is responsible for our security.”

” No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously, so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving more by the way of violence.”

” There is no way of finding the middle ground…Our most sensible policy is to stall.”

” We did not think that Nasser wanted war. “

” The world is no longer against us.”

But the world is fickle, and conditions its support for Israel on a set of unrealistic and naïve criteria.

I think that Rabin was wrong more often than he was right. Is it permitted to express such a viewpoint?

I sometimes wonder.

Andyboy – Telling it as it is!


(1) Rabin was referring  to the protesters demonstrating against the Oslo accords. he did not hold them in high regard!




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