Zitate von Golda Meir
Geburtstag: 21. April 1898
Todesdatum: 8. Dezember 1978
Zitate Golda Meir
„Moses schleppte uns 40 Jahre durch die Wüste, um uns an den einzigen Ort im Nahen Osten zu bringen, an dem es kein Öl gibt.“
auf einem Bankett am 10. Juni 1973 während des Staatsbesuches von Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt in Israel; zitiert bei Pierre Heumann: Riskanter Reichtum. Jüdische Allgemeine 8. Oktober 2010 http://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/8582
Englisch: "Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" - New York Times vom 10. Juni 1973; Fred R. Shapiro: The Yale Book of Quotations. Yale UP 2006, p. 508 . Als "He dragged us 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil" im Nachruf von Irael Shenker New York Times December 9, 1978 http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0503.html
Hebräisch: ""הרשו נא לי לומר דבר אחד שיש לנו הישראלים נגד משה: הוא הוביל אותנו במדבר במשך ארבעים שנה, אך הביא אותנו למקום היחידי במזרח התיכון שאין בו נפט." - he.wikiquote http://he.wikiquote.org/wiki/%D7%92%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%93%D7%94_%D7%9E%D7%90%D7%99%D7%A8
Ähnlich der Eingangsabschnitt "...Und zogen die Kinder Israels" des Buches "Kein Öl, Moses? Neue Satiren" von Ephraim Kishon (Übersetzung Friedrich Torberg. Langen Müller München 1974): "Und die Kinder Israels gingen vierzig Jahre lang, bis daß sie ins Gelobte Land kamen, und floß auch dort nur Milch und Honig, aber kein Öl." ephraimkishon.de http://www.ephraimkishon.de/kein_oel_moses.htm
„When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.“
Press conference in London (1969), as quoted in A Land of Our Own : An Oral Autobiography (1973) edited by Marie Syrkin, p. 242
Variante: When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.
„When were Palestinians born? What was all of this area before the First World War when Britain got the Mandate over Palestine? What is Palestine, then? Palestine was then the area between the Mediterranean and the Iraqian border. Eastern West Bank was Palestine. I am a Palestinian, from 1921 and 1948, I carried a Palestinian passport. There was no such thing in this area as Jews, and Arabs, and Palestinians, There were Jews and Arabs.“
"Iron Lady of Israeli politics" Thames TV (1970)
As quoted in LIFE magazine (3 October 1969), p. 32
Kontext: We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon — no alternative. The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight.
Fallaci interview (1973)
„We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel.“
As quoted in As Good as Golda : The Warmth and Wisdom of Israel's Prime Minister (1970) edited by Israel Shenker and Mary Shenker, p. 28
Kontext: We owe a responsibility not only to those who are in Israel but also to those generations that are no more, to those millions who have died within our lifetime, to Jews all over the world, and to generations of Jews to come. We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
„It is a dreadful thing to see the dead city. Next to the port I found children, women, the old, waiting for a way to leave.“
As acting head of the Jewish Agency Political Department visited Arab Haifa and reported to the Jewish Agency Executive (6 May 1948); as quoted in "The birth of the Palestinian Refuge problem revisited" by Benny Morris, p. 309/10 of 2nd Edition 2004, citing Protocol of meeting of JAE, 6 May 1948, CZA 45/2
Kontext: It is a dreadful thing to see the dead city. Next to the port I found children, women, the old, waiting for a way to leave. I entered the houses, there were houses where the coffee and pita bread were left on the table, and I could not avoid [thinking] that this, indeed, had been the picture in many Jewish towns [i. e., in Europe, during World War II]'.
When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.
As quoted in Sunday Times (15 June 1969), also in The Washington Post (16 June 1969)
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„Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.“
On 30th anniversary of the founding of Israel, in International Herald Tribune (11 May 1978)
„Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen.“
Speech to the Knesset, reported in Ner (October 1961)
To Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State, who had written her that he considers himself 'an American first, Secretary of State second, and a Jew third'
When questioned on Israel's future, in The New York Times (12 December 1974)
„I am also grateful that I live in a country whose people have learned how to go on living in a sea of hatred without hating those who want to destroy them and without abandoning their own vision of peace. To have learned this is a great art, the prescription for which is not written down anywhere. It is part of our way of life in Israel. Finally, I wish to say that from the time I came to Palestine as a young woman, we have been forced to choose between what is more dangerous and what is less dangerous for us. At times we have all been tempted to give in to various pressures and to accept proposals that might guarantee us a little quiet for a few months, or maybe even for a few years, but that could only lead us eventually into even greater peril.“
— Golda Meir, buch My Life
My Life (1975), p. 459
„How can I explain the difference to me between America and Russia?… the America I’ve known is a place where men on horseback escort union marchers, the Russia I’ve known is a place where men on horseback slaughter young Socialists and Jews.“
Fallaci interview (1973)
„I have given instructions that I be informed every time one of our soldiers is killed, even if it is in the middle of the night. When President Nasser leaves instructions that he is to be awakened in the middle of the night if an Egyptian soldier is killed, there will be peace.“
„I don’t know why you use a fancy French word like détente when there’s a good English phrase for it — cold war.“
As quoted in Newsweek (19 January 1976)