the first step for change, for unity and for hope.
We were all surprised how smooth it went, relative to what was expected. It took Israeli society time, 10 years, to become ripe for such a move.
Enough of blood and tears. Enough!
Yes to Peace, No to Violence.
Of all hands in the world, it was not the hand that I wanted or dreamed of touching, ... We, the soldiers who have returned from battle stained with blood, we who have seen our relatives and friends killed before our eyes, we who have attended their funerals and cannot look into the eyes of their parents, we who have come from a land where parents bury their children, we who have fought against you, the Palestinians - we say to you today in a loud and clear voice: Enough of blood and tears. Enough. ...The time for peace has come.
Ariel Sharon finally decided when he took this position, the disengagement, that this is the only way, and he realized that this is the way to gain the support of the world, ... After doing the disengagement, Ariel Sharon came to the U.N. for the first time, he came from the feeling that the world is not against us anymore.
Along with the death of his mother.
I don't think he would have been able to bridge the great differences between the Palestinians and Israel.
So if you want to call him a successor you may call him a successor. But he came to the same conclusion - that to be a Jewish, democratic, independent state we have to separate.
I considered the prevention of war as the test of our security policy; in addition to being able to rapidly and forcefully end any war forced upon us.
We have to pass one year in our relationship with the United States by walking on tiptoes. If we pass successfully the year 1975 and we will reach 1976, we will gain not one year but two.
I would like Gaza to sink into the sea, but that won't happen, and a solution must be found.
a center of terrorism.
There is no way of finding the middle ground, even with the best intentions of the world. Our most sensible policy is to stall.
We are very much aware that many Israeli schools are not obeying the law to commemorate the assassination.
The main message is that in a democracy, [assassination] is not the means to change policy, ... Unfortunately, the assassin was right: for a while, there was a freeze in process.
We will not rest until we reach a permanent agreement [with the Palestinians] that would secure a safe future for our children and that would provide us with renewed hope to live in a region where people lead a life of co-operation and not, God forbid, where blood is shed.