Saturday, December 08, 2007

A wise lady who spoke with determination and compassion

"We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours."

Golda Meir (1898 - 1978), to Anwar Saddat just before the peace talks.

Golda Meir (1898-1978)

Golda Meir, born in Kiev, Russia, became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Golda Meir and her husband emigrated from the United States to Palestine, as Zionists. When Israel won independence, Golda Meir was the only woman appointed to the first cabinet. Golda Meir had retired from public life when she was called on to lead the Labor Party. Golda Meir became prime minister when the party prevailed, serving 1969-1974.

Selected Golda Meir Quotations

• At work, you think of the children you've left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself, your heart is rent.

• I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

• We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon—no alternative. 1969

• The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight. 1969

• It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? … Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. 1973

• Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil! 1973

• To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be. 1974

• I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively. 1977

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