Nothing had excited me-the huge cars, the entourages, the bodyguards, the policeman jumping to attention, all meant nothing to me ... till I came to the old man's office. (On becoming prime minister)
He restored the Bible to its people, he restored the people to the Bible.
He altered the image of the Jew from that of rabbi, merchant, wanderer, to that of scientist, farmer and soldier.
It is not only the psychology of the people that makes them so exacting-their geographical situation has been equally problematic.
Leading the Jewish people is not easy-we are a divided, obstinate, highly individualistic people who have cultivated faith, sharp-wittedness and polemics to a very high level.
Why cross an ocean when you can cross a river Why should we sail to Washington when we can meet right away 10 miles from here (On Middle East peace initiative)
With the religious you can hardly negotiate. They think they have supreme permission to kill people and go to war.
There is no sense whatsoever to remain here. The settlements must be evacuated.
I'm sure that history will justify our choice.
The settlements must be evacuated; the settlers cannot remain
This is a country which proves that it can make a difficult decision, a democratic decision, without fear, and that it is not afraid of threats and protests, ... On the other hand, it's a democratic country, in the sense that we can also protest, and we can also weep.
If things emerge reasonably well in Gaza, then the door is open for further moves, wider decisions, ... have to take their own destinies in their own hand.
[Another Palestinian official called the cease-fire declaration a] trick, ... I invite the Palestinians to use the same trick.
promoting fear in the nation.
it will be very difficult to continue with the peace process.