I guess we have no
choice. Either we do everything that is possible,
and may seem to others as impossible, and
just give up. Or we do everything that is
really impossible and we remain alive. There’s
one more basic thing that I think that people
outside of Israel must realize, and if they
understand and accept that, maybe other things
will fall into place.
For instance, we’re
not the only people in the world who’ve
had difficulties with neighbors; that has
happened to many. We are the only country
in the world whose neighbors do not say, “We
are going to war because we want a certain
piece of land from Israel,” or waterways
or anything of that kind. We’re the
only people in the world where our neighbors
openly announce they just won’t have
us here. And they will not give up fighting
and they will not give up war as long as
we remain alive. Here.
So this is the crux of
the problem: it isn’t anything concrete
that they want from us. That’s why
it doesn’t make sense when people say, “Give
up this and give up the other place. Give
up the Golan Heights,” for instance.
What happened when we were not on the Golan
Heights? We were not on the Golan Heights
before ’67, and for 19 years, Syria
had guns up there and shot at our agricultural
settlements below. We were not on the Golan
Heights! So what, if we give up the Golan
Heights, they will stop shooting? We were
not in the Suez Canal when the war started.
It’s because Egypt
and Syria and the other Arab countries refuse
to acquiesce to our existence. Therefore
there can be no compromise. They say we must
be dead. And we say we want to be alive.
Between life and death, I don’t know
of a compromise. And that’s why we
have no choice.
- 60 Minutes Interview, September