Golda Meir on Peace


“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)

“When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.” (Statement at a Press Conference in London, 1969)

“I am convinced that peace will come to Israel and its neighbors because the tens of millions of Arabs need peace just as much as we do. An Arab mother who loses a son in battle weeps as bitterly as any Israeli mother.”

“Of course, we all must realize that the path to peace may be a little bit difficult, but not as difficult as the path to war.” (Remarks made upon Anwar Sadat's first visit to Jerusalem, 1977)

“The only alternative to war is peace. The only road to peace is negotiation.” (Remarks made during peace negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, 1977)