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Quotes on Judaism & Israel: Nelson Mandela

(October 19, 1999)

On Israel’s Borders

During his visit to Israel in 1999, Mandela said, “My view is that talk of peace remains hollow if Israel continues to occupy Arab lands,” but added, “I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel within secure borders.” AP, (October 19, 1999)

In his memoir, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela wrote that “ … in my experience, I have found Jews to be more broadminded than most whites on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice.” The book is also filled with fond memories of Jewish people and positive comments about Israel.