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Born: 1945-09-30
Profession: Politician
Nation: Israeli
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The military operation in Lebanon was the most successful military operation in recent Israeli history. Many in Israel don't recognise that.

Tags: History, Military, Successful

There is nothing that I'd love to do more than negotiate with Palestinians. This is my desire. This is my dream. This is my mission.

Tags: Desire, Dream, Love

When you fight for the impossible, sometimes you lose everything.

Tags: Fight, Impossible, Sometimes

Growing up in Israel, how can I not be an optimist? When you remember what Israel was 50 years ago and you see Israel now, one of the most successful countries in the world, stable, democratic, with an enormously stable economy despite everything that has happened in the global economy in the last few years, how can I not be an optimist?

Tags: Last, Remember, Successful

I am focused on what needs to be done for the people of Israel. Period. I do not pity myself and I do not pat myself on the shoulder. I get up in the morning full of energy to fulfill my mission.

Tags: Done, Energy, Morning

I never thought that Syria and Israel should engage in a violent confrontation because I don't think that there is any particular interest for any of us to do it.

Tags: Interest, Israel, Thought

Israel will not tolerate a situation in which Iran has effective control of non-conventional weapons that can be used directly against the state of Israel.

Tags: Against, Control, Used

The Palestinians are facing a historic junction at which they will have to decide whether they want to remain stuck in a corner of extreme fundamentalism, which will cut them off from the entire world, or whether they are ready to take the necessary steps. My role is to assist in building this process.

Tags: Off, Process, Whether

There were certain people who were out to get me. I know who those people were. They exist, believe me. They know that I know. They spent millions of dollars in order to try to get rid of me. I'm happy they lost most of their money.

Tags: Happy, Lost, Money

When the President of Iran talks about removing Israel from the face of the Earth and is building nuclear bombs with a range of 3000km, you have to be worried.

Tags: Earth, Face, President

Who thinks seriously that if we sit on another hilltop, on another hundred meters, that this is what will make the difference for the state of Israel's basic security?

Tags: Another, Security, State

I'm not in power, but my ideas are in power. And my ideas will prevail.

Tags: Ideas, Power, Prevail

I sometimes feel tired. But there are so many reasons for being tired.

Tags: Reasons, Sometimes, Tired

How are fears born? They are born because of differences in tradition and history; they are born because of differences in emotional, political and national circumstances. Because of such differences, people fear they cannot live together.

Tags: Emotional, Fear, History

There is a Western world. There is America. There is Great Britain and Germany and France and Russia and China and other nations. I doubt that there is one country amongst those I mentioned which has a desire to see Iran, with its fundamentalist, Islamic, extremist government, possessing nuclear weapons.

Tags: Doubt, Government, Great

A prime minister has to keep a certain balance when dealing with sensitive issues.

Tags: Balance, Keep, Sensitive

A prime minister must not promise things that can't be fulfilled.

Tags: Fulfilled, Prime, Promise

Every prime minister ... has the responsibility to provide security for his people.

Tags: Prime, Provide, Security

For me to propose a division of Jerusalem was really terrible. I did it because I reached a conclusion that without which there will not be peace.

Tags: Conclusion, Peace, Terrible

I don't know that there is one serious American representative that will advise Israel to sit with a terrorist government and negotiate with them.

Tags: American, Government, Serious

I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.

Tags: Early, Possible, Retirement

I know I'm unpopular.

Tags: Unpopular

I know the war in Iraq is controversial in the States, but for us in the Middle East it has made a great and significant impact.

Tags: Great, Iraq, War
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I love my country more than anything else.

Tags: Country, Else, Love

I think the attempt to draw a comparison between Iran and Syria is false, misleading and dangerous.

Tags: Between, Dangerous, False

I want to arrive at the possibility of peace with the Syrians, and when I believe that the conditions are right, I will not miss the opportunity.

Tags: Conditions, Miss, Peace

I was not born to be prime minister, and I'm not going to stay here until the end of my life. I'm too young for that.

Tags: End, Life, Young

In Israel we tend to be carried away by our emotions.

Tags: Away, Emotions, Israel

Iran is a major threat to the well-being of Europe and America just as much as it is for the state of Israel.

Tags: America, Europe, State

Iran is an anti-Semitic, terrorist government.

Tags: Government, Iran, Terrorist

Israel always has to be in a position to defend itself against any adversary and against any threat of any kind.

Tags: Against, Israel, Position

It is important that democracy in Lebanon is protected and that Hezbollah will not be supported by outside forces like Syria and Iran.

Tags: Democracy, Forces, Outside

Look, miracles in the Middle East are a reality.

Tags: Middle, Miracles, Reality

My doctors say I am very healthy.

Tags: Doctors, Healthy

Peace is important for Israel.

Tags: Israel, Peace

Political leaders can help change the psychological climate which affects the quality of relationships among people.

Tags: Change, Help, Political
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