Quotation from David Ben Gurion “If we know the family, strike mercilessly, women and children included” — Jan. 1 1948

Exposing its doctrine of reprisals.

Author : Thematics :
" There is no question as to whether a reaction is necessary or not. The question is only time and place. Blowing up a house is not enough. What is necessary is cruel and strong reactions. We need precision in time, place and casualties. If we know the family -[we must] strike mercilessly, women and children included. Otherwise the reaction is inefficient. At the place of action there is no need to distinguish between guilty and innocent. Where there was no attack — we should not strike. "

Ben Gurion’s diary, Jan. 1St 1948, quoted by N. Chomsky, The fateful triangle , Pluto Press, 1983, p.182.

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