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  • The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.

    Menachem Begin's speech at the National Defense College, www.nytimes.com. August 8, 1982.
  • What kind of expression is this - "punishing Israel"? Are we a vassal state of yours? Are we a banana republic? Are we youths of fourteen who, if they don't behave properly, are slapped across the fingers? Let me tell you who this government is composed of. It is composed of people whose lives were spent in resistance, in fighting and in suffering. You will not frighten us with "punishments." He who threatens us will find us deaf to his threats. We are only prepared to listen to rational arguments. You have no right to "punish" Israel - and I protest at the very use of this term.

  • There will be no fraternal strife while the foe is at the gate.

  • No more wars, no more bloodshed. Peace unto you. Shalom, salaam, forever.

    Peace  
    Menachem Begin, Harry Zvi Hurwitz, Yisrael Medad (2011). “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin - Anwar El-Sadat Personal Correspondence”, p.130, Gefen Publishing House Ltd
  • Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And forever.

  • No more wars, no more bloodshed, and no more threats.

  • Israel is still the only country in the world against which there is a written document to the effect that it must disappear.

    "Jimmy Carter Administration: Remarks on Visit of Prime Minister Begin of Israel". www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. March 22, 1978.
  • Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth. Peace is all of these and more and more.

    Family   Mother   Peace  
    Menachem Begin, Harry Zvi Hurwitz, Yisrael Medad (2011). “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin - Anwar El-Sadat Personal Correspondence”, p.110, Gefen Publishing House Ltd
  • Goyim kill goyim and the Jews are blamed.

  • The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized .... Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever.

    "Iron Wall". Book by Avi Shlaim, p. 25, 2000.
  • The Jew bows before no man only God

  • Poles did not like Jews and they were worse than Germans.

  • We were granted the right to exist by the God of our fathers at the glimmer of the dawn of human civilization nearly 4,000 years ago. For that right, which has been sanctified in Jewish blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unexampled in the annals of the nations.

  • In the name of Jerusalem. If I forget the extermination of the Jews, may my right hand wither, may my tongue stick to my palate if I cease to think of you, if I do not keep the extermination of the Jews in memory even at my happiest hour.

  • Free women and men everywhere must wage an incessant campaign so that these human values become a generally recognized and practised reality. We must regretfully admit that in various parts of the world this is not yet the case. Without those values and human rights the real peace of which we dream is jeopardized.

  • The difficulties of peace are better than the agony of war.

  • Israel will not transfer Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District to any foreign sovereign authority, [because] of the historic right of our nation to this land, [and] the needs of our national security, which demand a capability to defend our State and the lives of our citizens.

    "Iron Wall". Book by Lenni Brenner, 1984.
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Menachem Begin

  • Born: August 16, 1913
  • Died: March 9, 1992
  • Occupation: Former Prime Minister of Israel