A Timely Quote

John de Groot supplies a quote regarding the conflict between Jews and Arabs and challenges Pulp readers to guess who uttered the words.


The Jews and the Arabs have been doing violence to each other for most of my life.

Just as generations of the world's anguished by-standers have continued to call for peace in the Middle East. 

Not that it matters that much to the dead.

Irony is, it's been nearly a half century of violence and bloodshed since one leader gave context to the endless horror:

"Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader, I would never make peace with Israel . We have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We (the Jews)  come from Israel , it's true, but two thousand years ago and what is that to them  (the Arabs)? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz , but that was not their (the Arabs) fault. They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?"

The name of the man who said it comes after the jump.  


-- David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, as quoted in "The Jewish Paradox" by Nahum Goldmann, former president of the World Jewish Congress, in 1956.

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