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All Quotes by author - Ehud Barak
" An independent, strong, thriving and peaceful State of Israel is the vengeance of the dead. "
" As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel, it is going to be either non-Jewish or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state. "
" As prime minister, I was the Israeli leader who walked the greatest distance in his offers to the Palestinians. "
" Assad wanted Israel to capitulate in advance to all his demands. Only then would he agree to enter into substantive negotiations. I couldn't agree to this. "
" A strong, responsible Israel can become a stabilizer in such a turbulent region. "
" Benjamin Netanyahu seems to avoid any initiative. "
" Either we destroy world terror or world terror will destroy us. "
" Hezbollah will support Assad to the end because his continuing hold on power is critical to its own survival. "
" History never repeats itself in the same way. "
" I am confident the Obama administration will work professionally with any Israeli government. "
" I am the Israeli leader who met most with Arafat. "
" I became a prime minister within four-and-a-half years, the shortest kind of career ever in Israeli political history. "
" I believe President Obama means everything he says about sticking to the unprecedented backing of Israel and keeping all options on the table against Tehran, as well as countering its adventures in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. "
" I cannot penetrate the soul of Arafat. I cannot know in advance whether, behind all the masks, he's the kind of leader who can reach an agreement or whether he wants to be the Moses of the Palestinians, staying in front of the river and not crossing into the promised land. "
" I delivered lectures, and I was also a consultant for international companies in finance, both private equity and big venture capital funds. "
" I do not believe the efforts of the international community to stop Iran's nuclear program will bear fruit. "
" I don't do anything to impress anyone, quite successfully I can tell you. "
" I don't feel opportunistic ever, in anything. "
" I don't hate people. I just accept missions. "
" I don't think that the Iranians, even if they got the bomb, they're going to drop it immediately on some neighbor. They fully understand what might follow. They're radical, but not total mishuginas. "
" If Israel does not find the way to disengage from the Palestinians, its future might resemble the experience of Belfast or Bosnia - two communities bleeding each other to death for generations. "
" If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I'd eventually join one of the terrorist organizations. "
" I fought against Palestinians. I saw them. "
" If you establish a right unity government, you create an effective platform to make... decisions because you have wider support of your own party. "
" I have acquired - some would say deservedly - quite a few rivals: former Israeli politicians, some of whom at their height were stars beloved by large parts of the public. But today, they aren't in politics, and when they sit alone in their room, they say to themselves that Barak is the one who showed them out the door. "
" I hope any government formed in Egypt will understand there is no choice but to maintain the framework of international agreements, which include the peace agreement with Israel. "
" I know Fiat plans to start manufacturing cars in Iran. This is wrong. "
" I know that I am absolutely reliable. Absolutely. "
" I'm in the government to make sure that if there's an opportunity to make peace, it won't be missed. "
" I'm not afraid of elections. I've won every election I've fought in. "
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