Realpolitik, or, The Way of the World

by Mark Chmiel

1.

We must expel Arabs and take their places… and, if we have to use force—not to dispossess the Arabs of the Negev and Transjordan, but to guarantee our own right to settle in those places—then we have force at our disposal.

–David Ben-Gurion, 1937

2.

The Israel Defense Force is a decidedly aggressive assault army in the way it thinks, the way it plans, the way it implements. Aggression is in its bones and its spirit.

–Moshe Dayan, 1967

3.

Break their bones.

–Yitzhak  Rabin, 1988

4.

We will tell the Palestinians that if a single missile is fired over the fence, we will fire ten in response….when 2.5 million people live in a  closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.

–Arnon  Soffer, 2004

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