Abba Eban Quotes

Abba Eban (/?æb? ?i?b?n/; Hebrew: ??? ???? [??aba ??evin]; born Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban; later adopted Abba Solomon Meir Eban; 2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages

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Abba Eban


If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.

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One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.

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A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.

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Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.

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Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its 'right to exist.' Israel's right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel's legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement.... There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its 'right to exist' a favor, or a negotiable concession.

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Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself.

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Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.

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Our intention to regard the closing of the Straits as a casus belli was communicated...to the foreign ministers of those states which had supported international navigation in the Straits in 1957 and thereafter. There can be no doubt that these warnings reached Cairo. One thing was now clear. If Nasser imposed a blockade, the explosion would ensue not from 'miscalculation', but from an open-eyed and conscious readiness for war.

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Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Donâ??t worship it. Feed it. [Addressing a group of prospective contributors to an Israeli scientific research program]

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Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

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Israel is not an aviary.

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Tragedy is the difference between what is and what could have been.

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It [idolatry] nourishes mans ambition to domineer over his fellow man. Idolatry, therefore, is the source of all social and moral evil in the world.

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A nation writes its history in the image of its ideal.

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Salvation, the prophets tell us, is preconditioned by repentance. The redeeming act of God waits upon man's initiative.

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