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.

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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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