Quotation from Moshe Sharett “And above all—let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries” — May 26 1955

Minister for Foreign Affairs 1948-1956, and Prime Minister 1954-1956, commenting on Moshe Dayan's words on the desire for a new war.

Author : Thematics :
" The conclusions from Dayan's words are clear: This state has no international worries, no economic problems. The question of peace is nonexistent. It must calculate its steps narrow-mindedly and live on its sword. It must see the sword as the main, if not the only instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Towards this end it may, no—it must— invent dangers and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation and revenge. . . And above all—let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space. . . . Ben Gurion himself said it would be worth while to pay an Arab a million pounds to start a war. "

Moshe Sharett, Diary , May 26 1955. Published in Livia Rokach Israel Sacred Terrorism , AAUG Press, 1980.

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