Ehud Barak

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… leadership is not a one man show. Leaders & Leadership
A nation cannot choose its neighbors. States. Nations & Nationhood
Gazans are normal people like me and you. Unfortunately, they are under the control of Hamas. Human Nature
I say what I mean and do what I say. Leaders & Leadership
I was not afraid to make war. I am not afraid to make peace. War & Peace
If one single chemical warhead falls on Israel, we’ll hit Iraq with everything we have got. . . . look at your watch and forty minutes later an Iraqi city will be reduced to ashes. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
If you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk, War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I'm not a prophet. I'm the leader of Israel. Miscellaneous
Israel has not always been wise enough to invest equally in all its people. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Israel is not a nation of 300 million (like the U. S.). The whole elite is probably just several thousand people, and they all know each other. So Israeli politics is familial. States. Nations & Nationhood
Nations have the tendency to be born in blood. States. Nations & Nationhood
No one will have mercy on those who cannot defend themselves in the Middle East. Miscellaneous
Once something is agreed upon, it should be followed. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Peace has its price, but it is much less expensive than war. War & Peace
Peace is security. War & Peace
People do change. Human Nature
The real threat to Zionism is the dilution of quality, Jews know that they can land on their feet in any country of the world. The real test for us is to make Israel such an attractive place—such a cutting-edge place in human society, education, culture, science, quality of life that even Americans Jewish young people will want to come here. Immigration & Emigration
The State of Israel does not have the time for you to learn. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We are living in a very tough neighborhood where there is no mercy for the weak. Defense & National Security
We are responsible for the history of the future. History
When we in Israel talk about a surgical military operation, we think of a scalpel. You Americans think of a chisel and a 10 pound hammer. Military & Veterans
You cannot just dictate at negotiations. You must also listen. Negotiating & Negotiations
I delivered lectures, and I was also a consultant for international companies in finance, both private equity and big venture capital funds. Business, Commerce & Finance
I don't do anything to impress anyone, quite successfully I can tell you.
I don't feel opportunistic ever, in anything.
If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I'd eventually join one of the terrorist organizations.
I'm no wealthier than Bibi Netanyahu or Arik Sharon. I don't feel that I'm more hedonistic than Ehud Olmert, or Yitzhak Rabin or Shimon Peres.
I'm such a failed politician that all of my rivals have disappeared, on both sides.
In Israel, generally speaking, politics is much more familiar than any other place. We all know each other. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Iran poses the most serious long-term threat to regional stability.
Since the Six-Day War, the whole world, which is the real arena of battle between us and the Palestinians, believes that Israel is right in regard to procedure, namely problems and disputes should be solved around the negotiating table. War & Peace
There is a thin line between peace of the brave and peace of the hostage... between compromise - even calculated risk - and irresponsibility and capitulation. War & Peace
We want peace, but not at any price. War & Peace