Quotation from Golda Meir “As a Socialist, I do not believe in God” — Jul. 24 1963

Golda Meir, then Foreign Minister of the "Jewish State", confided to Hannah Arendt that she was an atheist. A.H. points out that this quote is not verbatim.

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You will understand that, as a Socialist, I do not believe in God; I believe in the Jewish people.

Often given (always without source) as « I believe in the Jewish people, and the jews believe in god » or as « I don’t believe in God, I believe in the jewish people ».


Hannah Arendt, The Jew as Pariah: Jewish Identity and Politics in the Modern Age, ed. Ron H. Feldman (New York: Grove Press, 1978), p. 247.

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