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For the first time in 1,000 years not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter. Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews’ return here impossible.
Jordanian commander, after reporting the successful destruction of Jewish Jerusalem, including the Great Synagogue, in 1948. “Byzantine arch found at site of renovated Jerusalem synagogue”, Ha’aretz Online, November 27th, 2006.
If you will it, it is no dream.
In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
Jerusalem doesn’t need a mayor, it needs a ringmaster.
Yehuda Amichai, poet
There is Israel, for us at least. What no other generation had, we have. We have Israel in spite of all the dangers, the threats and the wars, we have Israel. We can go to Jerusalem. Generations and generations could not and we can.
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and humanitarian
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State
In Israel, free men and women are every day demonstrating the power of courage and faith. Back in 1948 when Israel was founded, pundits claimed the new country could never survive. Today, no one questions that. Israel is a land of stability and democracy in a region of tyranny and unrest.
Ronald Reagan, former US President
The air of Israel makes one wise.
I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it – not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.
Harry S. Truman, former US President
Leading the Jewish people is not easy– we are a divided, obstinate, highly individualistic people who have cultivated faith, sharp-wittedness and polemics to a very high level.
Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel
Willful ignorance is indistinguishable from false witness.
Cynthia Ozick, commenting on the play “My Name is Rachel Corrie”, in the New Republic, December 6th, 2006.
Fuck the Jews; they didn’t vote for us anyway.
James Baker, former Secretary of State, and current Antisemite.
For thousands of years, we have guarded the Torah, and for thousands of years, the Torah has guarded us.