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Ben Gurion: We are the aggressors

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David Ben Gurion I posted the following quote (which I found at the excellent Ressentiment) on Clipmarks and today it became the #9 most popular clip of the day on the Clipmarks network. Meanwhile, the post A brief history of Iran-US relations, Part 1: Constitution to Khatami—mostly a summary of an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council speech by Middle East scholar Juan Cole—is the all-time most popular post on this blog.


I find it surprising and gratifying to discover that people really are hungry to understand the background of current conflict; the truth, after all, still sets us free.

Here’s the quote that started me thinking about this. It’s an astonishing but obvious admission rarely spoken aloud in American politics today (the charge of anti-Semitism being often misused to hush debate). Yet it comes from the pioneer Zionist and first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion (scarcely an anti-Semite!):

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Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves…. The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country. – David Ben Gurion

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Ah, if we would all so speak the truth.

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October 10, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Iran, Israel, Politics, Terrorism