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48 Ehud Olmert Quotes On Government And Peace

The military operation in Lebanon was the most successful military operation in recent Israeli history. Many in Israel don’t recognise that.

When public figures write memoirs, there is always some indecision regarding how much they want to write of things as they were and how much they want to cut corners to avoid riling up others. I decided to write my memoirs exactly as they were, and I will not digress – not when things are ill at ease and not when they are comfortable.

The values of democracy, brotherhood, and freedom that constitute the building blocks of American society are also shared by Israeli society, together with the faith in man’s power and ability to change and influence his surroundings.

Promoting tolerance and human dignity is one of mankind’s unfinished challenges.

Dictates are futile, and mutual accusations are nothing but useless word games.

Political leaders can help change the psychological climate which affects the quality of relationships among people.

The Palestinian Authority is ruled by Hamas, an organization committed to vehement anti-Semitism, the glorification of terror, and the total destruction of Israel.

As mayor of Jerusalem, I wanted the government to invest the necessary funds in order to unite the city in an effective manner with full rights for the Palestinians living in Jerusalem, so the world would say, ‘Okay, it can work.’

I have to make sure that I am doing the right thing. I can’t afford to make any mistake.

I sometimes feel tired. But there are so many reasons for being tired.

I don’t understand this pathetic need for luxuries.

There is nowhere I encounter greater understanding for Israel’s existential issues than in the Oval Office.

In Israel, we are sorry for the loss of life of Turkish citizens in May 2010, when Israel confronted a provocative flotilla of ships bound for Gaza. I am sure that the proper way to express these sentiments to the Turkish government and the Turkish people can be found.

I always wake up early Saturday morning, and I have a little bit more time, so I go to the gym.

Before I became prime minister, as mayor of Jerusalem, I became world-renowned because of my fight for the unity of Jerusalem.

Stopping all the violent and hostile actions means ending the smuggling of arms into the Gaza territory.

Terrorist groups and their extremist state sponsors cannot be fought with kid gloves and flowery words of persuasion. As the U.S. has displayed in Afghanistan and in Iraq, only a vigilant and determined campaign of confrontation can deter and obstruct them.

How are fears born? They are born because of differences in tradition and history; they are born because of differences in emotional, political and national circumstances. Because of such differences, people fear they cannot live together.

Every prime minister … has the responsibility to provide security for his people.

When the President of Iran talks about removing Israel from the face of the Earth and is building nuclear bombs with a range of 3000km, you have to be worried.

Growing up in Israel, how can I not be an optimist? When you remember what Israel was 50 years ago and you see Israel now, one of the most successful countries in the world, stable, democratic, with an enormously stable economy despite everything that has happened in the global economy in the last few years, how can I not be an optimist

it is important that democracy in Lebanon is protected and that Hezbollah will not be supported by outside forces like Syria and Iran.

In Israel we tend to be carried away by our emotions.

A prime minister must not promise things that can’t be fulfilled.

A prime minister has to keep a certain balance when dealing with sensitive issues.

There is a Western world. There is America. There is Great Britain and Germany and France and Russia and China and other nations. I doubt that there is one country amongst those I mentioned which has a desire to see Iran, with its fundamentalist, Islamic, extremist government, possessing nuclear weapons.

There is nothing that I’d love to do more than negotiate with Palestinians. This is my desire. This is my dream. This is my mission.

I don’t know that there is one serious American representative that will advise Israel to sit with a terrorist government and negotiate with them.

For me to propose a division of Jerusalem was really terrible. I did it because I reached a conclusion that without which there will not be peace.

I love my country more than anything else.

I think the attempt to draw a comparison between Iran and Syria is false, misleading and dangerous.

I am focused on what needs to be done for the people of Israel. Period. I do not pity myself and I do not pat myself on the shoulder. I get up in the morning full of energy to fulfill my mission.

I want to arrive at the possibility of peace with the Syrians, and when I believe that the conditions are right, I will not miss the opportunity.

My doctors say I am very healthy.

The Palestinians are facing a historic junction at which they will have to decide whether they want to remain stuck in a corner of extreme fundamentalism, which will cut them off from the entire world, or whether they are ready to take the necessary steps. My role is to assist in building this process.

Who thinks seriously that if we sit on another hilltop, on another hundred meters, that this is what will make the difference for the state of Israel’s basic security?

I never thought that Syria and Israel should engage in a violent confrontation because I don’t think that there is any particular interest for any of us to do it.

Israel always has to be in a position to defend itself against any adversary and against any threat of any kind.

Look, miracles in the Middle East are a reality.

Peace is important for Israel.

Iran is an anti-Semitic, terrorist government.

Israel will not tolerate a situation in which Iran has effective control of non-conventional weapons that can be used directly against the state of Israel.

I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.

I was not born to be prime minister, and I’m not going to stay here until the end of my life. I’m too young for that.

I’m not in power, but my ideas are in power. And my ideas will prevail.

There were certain people who were out to get me. I know who those people were. They exist, believe me. They know that I know. They spent millions of dollars in order to try to get rid of me. I’m happy they lost most of their money.

When you fight for the impossible, sometimes you lose everything.

I know I’m unpopular.

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