Quotation #1928:
I don't understand your optimism . . . Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: We have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see only one thing: We have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So, it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out.
By: David Ben-Gurion  
Date: 1956
Source: page 99 of this book

It is not certain whether Ben-Gurion made this statement in 1956 or in 1970 because the text from which it comes is inconsistent, one part of it suggesting 1956 and another part suggesting 1970 -- see this book.

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