Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
I used these words of Plato to introduce a series of selected quotations from Israel’s Prime Ministers, which I posted on Reddit. Now that these articles are concluded I thought it might be of interest to see how Reddit readers reacted, and to measure the degree of interest in each of the Prime Ministers, and their words of wit or wisdom, according to the page clicks.
The table is published below, together with a selected quote from each of them.
David Ben Gurion ( 1948-1954 and 1955-1963).
” What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.”
Moshe Sharett (1954-1955)
” The state of Israel must, from time to time,prove clearly that it is strong, and able to use force, in a devastating and highly effective way. If it does not prove this, it will be swallowed up,and perhaps wiped off the face of the earth.”
Levi Eshkol (1963-1969)
” I know I promised, but I never promised to keep my promise.”
Golda Meir (1969-1974)
” There was no such thing as the Palestinians.”
Yitzhak Rabin(1974-1977 and 1992 -1995)
” ( The demonstrators…) can go and spin like propellers…”
Menachem Begin (1977-1983)
” Israel will not transfer Judea, Samaria and the Gaza district to any foreign sovereign authority.”
Itzhak Shamir (1983-1984 and 1986-1992)
” The Arabs are the same Arabs, the sea is the same sea.”
Shimon Peres (1995-1996)
” Peace is like making love. You can’t enjoy either without closing your eyes a little bit.”
Benjamin Netanyahu (1996-1999 and 2009 to today) “
” Sharon gave and gave. The Palestinians got and got. What did we get? Nothing and nothing and nothing.”
Ehud Barak (1999-2001)
” Maybe I made a few or, maybe, many tactical mistakes…….”
Ariel Sharon ( 2001-2006)
” Things you see from here, you don’t see from there”
Ehud Olmert (2006-2009)
” 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.”
And the winner is……………
David Ben-Gurion 20.6%
Golda Meir 19.8%
Ariel Sharon 16.4%
Shimon Peres 8.9%
Itzhak Shamir 7.7%
Itzhak Rabin 7.3%
Menachem Begin 5.1%
Ehud Olmert 4.3%
Benjamin Netanyahu 3.7%
Moshe Sharett 2.9%
Levi Eshkol 2.5%
And – winner of the wooden spoon:
Ehud Barak 1.2%
I am not sure that any definite conclusions can be drawn from this slightly unscientific survey, but Reddit readers who voted might like to offer explanations.
Whilst Ehud Barak’s showing might be considered, by some, to be self-explanatory, how to explain Ben-Gurion and Golda garnering 40% of the total vote between them?
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