Zitat des Tages von Yitzhak Rabin:
Israel's willingness to cooperate closely with the U.S. in protecting American interests in the region altered her image in the eyes of many officials in Washington.
Only the change on the international scene, the crisis in the gulf, and the strong, firm position of the United States against aggression between two Arab countries created realities that led to the Madrid Peace Conference.
The world is no longer against us.
We must think differently, look at things in a different way. Peace requires a world of new concepts, new definitions.
I am 73 years old. I was born in Jerusalem. I'm the first prime minister of Israel to be born here. I am the only former general to become a prime minister.
Although it is true that Hizballah is organized, inspired, financed, and armed by Iran, its main bases in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley are under Syrian military control.
Israel is no longer a people that dwells alone, and has to join the global journey toward peace, reconciliation and international cooperation.
The struggle to get weapons is continuous, but the United States will aid us, if it finds Israel displaying a willingness for peace.
No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving more by the way of violence.
We do not celebrate the death of our enemies.
Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again.
I would like Israel to be a Jewish state, and therefore not to annex over 2 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to Israel, which will make Israel a bi-national state.
Give peace a chance.
In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.
I believe however that peace is attainable regardless of the Arabs mentality, society or government.
You can always make peace with an F-16 in your pocket.
Lebanon is a Syrian protectorate. The Lebanese dare not do anything without the approval of Damascus.
As prime minister, I changed Israel's position on peace negotiations. I made it clear that we are ready to go along with Resolution 242 of the U.N. Security Council, which specifies withdrawal to secure and recognized boundaries in the context of peace.
I believe that it is my responsibility as the prime minister of Israel to do whatever can be done to exploit the unique opportunities that lie ahead of us to move towards peace. Not everything can be done by one act.
I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader of the PLO, the representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose to have coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state and Palestinian state, entity, next to us, living in peace.
A diplomatic peace is not yet the real peace. It is an essential step in the peace process leading towards a real peace.
Practically the only way to dry the swamp of radical Islam is through economic development and an improved standard of living.
I don't want to be the policeman of Lebanon. It's not the business of Israel. Israel was not created to serve as a policeman of the region.
There's nothing harder than defining oneself.
It is our duty, to ourselves and to our children, to see the new world as it is now.
In the Jewish tradition, there is at the same time Jerusalem in the heavens and Jerusalem on the ground. Jerusalem is a living city, but also the heart, the soul of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
I'm trying to learn the lessons of the past, but not to make speeches about the past.