Yitzhak Shamir, born Icchak Jaziernicki

Shamir, born Icchak Jaziernicki

Russian-born Israeli Politician, Two-term Prime Minister, Zionist, Commanded the Lehi, Member of Irgun, Served with the Mossad, Knesset Speaker, Commanded Lehi-Lohamey Herut Yisrael (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel)

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I would have carried out autonomy talks for ten years, and meanwhile we would have reached half a million people in Judea and Samaria.

We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us.

If history remembers me at all, in any way, I hope it will be as a man who loved the Land of Israel and watched over it in every way he could, all his life.

If Israel has strong leadership, it can be confident, willing, and committed to overcome any obstacle.

Israel will create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the west Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat

Israel's days without Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the Gaza Strip are gone and will not return. [on the first Infitada with the Palestinians]

Keep things as they are. With our long bitter experience we have to think twice before we do something. [on his second full term in office]

Neither Jewish ethics nor Jewish tradition can disqualify terrorism as a means of combat? First and foremost, terrorism is for us a part of the political battle being conducted under the present circumstances, and it has a great part to play? in our war against the occupier.

Netanyahu has played a game of Russian roulette. He thought that if only he supported the continuation of the process, he would be elected to the position of prime minister. He believed that if he wanted to become prime minister, he had to give in to U.S. pressure and to the demands of the public.

A man who goes forth to take the life of another whom he does not know must believe one thing only - that by his act he will change the course of history.

The best years of my life. [on his years in the Underground]

Anybody who wants to damage this fortress and other fortresses we are establishing will have his head smashed against the boulders and walls

The driving force for the Arabs is hatred of Israel. Hatred of the Jewish people.

Difficult to find a justification for his decision not to make 'any attempt to check whether there was anything in what he heard. You know in those times of the Lebanese war, every day something happened. And from the first glance of it, it seemed like just another detail of what was going on every day. But after 24 hours, it became very clear it was not a normal event. [on the September 16, 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps under the Israeli Army watch]

The dubious honor of being of the most oppressive, tyrannical regimes in the world. [on Syria]

Had I not acted as I did, it is doubtful that we would have been able to create an independent Jewish State of our own.

The immigration of the Jewish people to Israel from all over the world is our most important goal today. Annulment of direct election of the prime minister will bring an annulment of Netanyahu's election.

I am certain that the Arabs feel no loyalty to the Jews.

The Oslo accords were a great mistake because they resulted in a large loss of national land and territory. We could have recovered from this mistake if we had nullified the accords when the Likud returned to power.

I helped Netanyahu to advance politically because when I first met him, I trusted in his beliefs and I relied on his moral commitment.

The settlement of the Land of Israel is the essence of Zionism. Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism. It's that simple.

I like all those people, they're nice people. But this is not my style, not my language. This kind of meeting is the modern picture, but I don't belong to it.

Until you grasp the fundamental belief of some pro-Israel extremists that Palestinians are collectively sub-human, or cockroaches, as Yitzhak Shamir once called them, you never fully understand the mindset that is pushing Israel into an existential crisis.

I was willing to continue lengthy negotiations for as long as it may take, in order to reach a comprehensive agreement. The amount of time necessary for negotiation is unimportant; the appropriateness and accuracy of the resulting agreement is what counts. For example, the negotiations concerning the Panama Canal between Panama and the United States were carried on for a very long period with no harm done.

We must continue to demand guarantees for financing immigration and establishing settlements without retreating from our position.

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Russian-born Israeli Politician, Two-term Prime Minister, Zionist, Commanded the Lehi, Member of Irgun, Served with the Mossad, Knesset Speaker, Commanded Lehi-Lohamey Herut Yisrael (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel)