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Moshe Dayan
May 20, 1915 - October 16, 1981
Nationality: Israeli
Category: Soldier

I don't think we should be a model family living in a model home.


It was in our power to set high price for our blood, a price too high for the Arab community, the Arab army, or the Arab governments to think it worth paying.


Israel cannot afford to stand against the entire world and be denounced as the aggressor.


It was in our power to cause the Arab governments to renounce the policy of strength toward Israel by turning it into a demonstration of weakness.


Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who sit around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood.


After all, we are not children. It's time we planned our life.


We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house.


Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest. Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the Arab armies to conquer our land.


Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.


We are a small nation, but strong.


I have traveled a long road from the battlefield to the peace table.


The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands.


Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist.


I feel I've lived so long, and went through so much, that all I want is calm and rest.


Who needs such a long intestine, anyway?


The Jews have opened fire, and they are unready to begin a war.


If I had to resign every time the Cabinet disagrees with me, I could not last as a Defense Minister one week.


Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.


There is no more Palestine. Finished.


We should demand his blood not from the Arabs of Gaza but from ourselves. Let us make our reckoning today.


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