Quotation from David Ben Gurion “For me, Zionist considerations take precedence over Jewish sentiments” — Sep. 11 1939
Speaking before the executive committee of Histadrut against the recruitment of Jews into the allied troops.
- Ben Gurion, David (1886-1973) ( 88 quotations )
For me, Zionist considerations take precedence over Jewish sentiments, and I only heed Zionist considerations in this matter — that is, what is required for Eretz Israel. And even if my Jewish feelings urge me to go to France, I shall not do so, and I think we should act according to Zionist considerations and not merely Jewish considerations, for a Jew is not automatically a Zionist."
Labor Movement Archives, section 4, folder 29. Quoted by Zeev Sternhell, The Founding Myths of Israel, Princeton Univ. Press, 1998, p.31.
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