Frases de Golda Meir
Data de nascimento: 21. Abril 1898
Data de falecimento: 8. Dezembro 1978
Golda Meir foi uma fundadora do Estado de Israel. Emigrou para a Terra de Israel no ano de 1921, onde militou no sindicato Histadrut e no partido trabalhista Mapai. Além de primeira embaixadora israelense na extinta União Soviética em 1948, ela foi ministra do Bem-Estar Social, ministra do Exterior, secretária-geral do Mapai e, entre 1969 e 1974, o quarto primeiro-ministro de Israel.
Conhecida pela firmeza de suas convicções, estava à frente do Estado de Israel em seu momento mais dramático: a Guerra do Yom Kipur, na qual tropas egípcias e sírias atacaram Israel, cuja população estava distraída pelas comemorações do Dia do Perdão judaico. David Ben-Gurion, certa vez, disse, dela: "Golda Meir é o único homem do meu gabinete".
Citações Golda Meir
Em uma declaração ao National Press Club em Washington, 1957, Jewish Virtual Library http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Quote/MeironPeace.html
We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate, only of our fate, not of others. In cooperation and friendship with others
Golda Meir citada em Way of Valor: A Biography of Golda Myerson - Página 148, Marie Syrkin - Sharon Books, 1955, 309 páginas
Press conference in London (1969), as quoted in A Land of Our Own : An Oral Autobiography (1973) edited by Marie Syrkin, p. 242
Variante: When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.
„When were Palestinians born? What was all of this area before the First World War when Britain got the Mandate over Palestine? What is Palestine, then? Palestine was then the area between the Mediterranean and the Iraqian border. Eastern West Bank was Palestine. I am a Palestinian, from 1921 and 1948, I carried a Palestinian passport. There was no such thing in this area as Jews, and Arabs, and Palestinians, There were Jews and Arabs.“
"Iron Lady of Israeli politics" Thames TV (1970)
As quoted in LIFE magazine (3 October 1969), p. 32
Contexto: We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon — no alternative. 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.
Fallaci interview (1973)
As quoted in As Good as Golda : The Warmth and Wisdom of Israel's Prime Minister (1970) edited by Israel Shenker and Mary Shenker, p. 28
Contexto: We owe a responsibility not only to those who are in Israel but also to those generations that are no more, to those millions who have died within our lifetime, to Jews all over the world, and to generations of Jews to come. We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
As acting head of the Jewish Agency Political Department visited Arab Haifa and reported to the Jewish Agency Executive (6 May 1948); as quoted in "The birth of the Palestinian Refuge problem revisited" by Benny Morris, p. 309/10 of 2nd Edition 2004, citing Protocol of meeting of JAE, 6 May 1948, CZA 45/2
Contexto: It is a dreadful thing to see the dead city. Next to the port I found children, women, the old, waiting for a way to leave. I entered the houses, there were houses where the coffee and pita bread were left on the table, and I could not avoid [thinking] that this, indeed, had been the picture in many Jewish towns [i. e., in Europe, during World War II]'.
When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.
As quoted in Sunday Times (15 June 1969), also in The Washington Post (16 June 1969)
On 30th anniversary of the founding of Israel, in International Herald Tribune (11 May 1978)
„Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen.“
Speech to the Knesset, reported in Ner (October 1961)
To Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State, who had written her that he considers himself 'an American first, Secretary of State second, and a Jew third'