Ehud Olmert quotes

  • The formula for the parameters of a unilateral solution are: To maximize the number of Jews; to minimize the number of Palestinians; not to withdraw to the 1967 border and not to divide Jerusalem.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Numbers #Borders #Jerusalem

  • In Israel we tend to be carried away by our emotions.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Israel #Emotion

  • 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?
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Thinking #Israel #Differences

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

    #Israel #Kind #Threat

  • Peace is important for Israel.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Israel #Important

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Israel #Iran #Weapons

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

    #America #Israel #Iran

  • I know I'm unpopular.
    -- Ehud Olmert

  • I sometimes feel tired. But there are so many reasons for being tired.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Tired #Sometimes #Reason

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

    #Thinking #Iran #Dangerous

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Believe #Opportunity #Missing

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Prime #Ministers #Ends

  • I'm not in power, but my ideas are in power. And my ideas will prevail.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Ideas

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

    #Iran #Democracy #Important

  • For thousands of years, we Jews have been nourished and sustained by a yearning for our historic land. I, like many others, was raised with a deep conviction that the day would never come when we would have to relinquish parts of the land of our forefathers. I believed and to this day still believe in our people's eternal and historic right to this entire land.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Believe #Years #Land

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Believe #Order #People

  • We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Tired #Fighting #Winning

  • Disengagement is a response to certain demographic realities, .. Within a few years, due to the higher Arab birth rate, Jews will become a minority in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. I don't want [Israel] to be South Africa because we don't believe in apartheid. We simply have to separate from the Palestinians so that we can control our own destinies.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Believe #Reality #Destiny

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Iran #Israel #President

  • The military operation in Lebanon was the most successful military operation in recent Israeli history. Many in Israel don't recognise that.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Military #Successful #Israel

  • 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?
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Country #Growing Up #Successful

  • Every prime minister... has the responsibility to provide security for his people.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Responsibility #People #Prime

  • A prime minister must not promise things that can't be fulfilled.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Promise #Prime #Ministers

  • A prime minister has to keep a certain balance when dealing with sensitive issues.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Issues #Balance #Sensitive

  • If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished,
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Struggle #Israel #Two

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

    #People #Leader #Political

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Division #Jerusalem #Terrible

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Country #Islamic #America

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Emotional #Differences #People

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Morning #Israel #People

  • I dont know that there is one serious American representative that will advise Israel to sit with a terrorist government and negotiate with them.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Government #Israel #Serious

  • I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Retirement #Thinking #Ramifications

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #War #Iraq #Impact

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Thinking #Israel #Violent

  • Israeli lives are worth more than Palestinian ones.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Israel #Palestinian #Israeli

  • We can never totally return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders, ... We simply cannot afford to make Israel 14.48 km (9 miles) wide again at its center. We can't allow the Palestinians to be a couple of [miles] from [Tel Aviv's] Ben-Gurion Airport in the age of shoulder-fire missiles with the capacity to shoot down jumbo jets. But that doesn't mean we must remain in every corner of the West Bank or in Gaza, where fewer than 10,000 Jews, living next to 1.3 million Palestinians, have been protected by twice as many soldiers.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Couple #Mean #Fire

  • There is no ceasefire. There will not be any ceasefire.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Israel #Ceasefire

  • I love my country more than anything else.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Country

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Cutting #Roles #World

  • When you fight for the impossible, sometimes you lose everything.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Fighting #Impossible #Sometimes

  • Look, miracles in the Middle East are a reality.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Reality #Miracle #Middle East

  • Iran is an anti-Semitic, terrorist government.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Government #Iran #Terrorist

  • My doctors say I am very healthy.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Doctors #Healthy

  • 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.
    -- Ehud Olmert

    #Dream #Desire #Missions

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