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Ariel Sharon quotes and sayings on Israel, Palestine, peace, war, terrorism, Jews, lessons, sense, willingness, suffering, Arab, effort, independent, nation, etc.

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Prime Minister of Israel

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26 February 1928 AD

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11 January 2014 AD

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British Mandate of Palestine

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85

Ariel Sharon was an Israeli general and politician. He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel from March 2001 until April 2006. Sharon's public life was marked by remarkable yet controversial military achievements. He was also known for his radical political policies. He was a commander in the Israeli Army right from its creation in 1949, and considered the greatest commander in Israel's military history. He was also considered as Israel’s greatest military strategists and tacticians. During his eventful and controversial public life, Sharon shared his views and spoke about several subjects. We have curated some of his most celebrated quotes and sayings from his speeches, interviews, articles, and general observations.

I like animals.

- Ariel Sharon

You don't have to be a scared person. I've had so many tragedies. I've managed to withstand things that you may think you cannot tolerate. But I have the strength.

- Ariel Sharon

I established the Likud to serve a national idea and provide hope to the people of Israel, but it unfortunately can no longer do that.

- Ariel Sharon

I believe orders should be obeyed, but sometimes you have to think about the orders you get.

- Ariel Sharon

I have always maintained that the only group I belong to consists of my family, my wife Lily, my mother, my sons Omri and Gilad.

- Ariel Sharon

Every Jew has the right to ascend onto the Temple Mount.

- Ariel Sharon

No one wants to be beaten, even myself.

- Ariel Sharon

I prefer to stay with Likud. I think I have to be in the party I managed to build.

- Ariel Sharon

The fight against terrorism is an international struggle of the free world against the forces of darkness.

- Ariel Sharon

You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation - to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.

- Ariel Sharon

Every leaving of a Jewish community is a most difficult thing.

- Ariel Sharon

It was a grave mistake to dismantle the Jewish communities in Sinai.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel is an independent country with a large army, and it has the ability to do what it thinks is right.

- Ariel Sharon

Syria is hosting the most dangerous terrorist organizations.

- Ariel Sharon

As one who has been in hard situations, I believe that I know how to deal with complicated and hard situations.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel is the only country in the world that is ready to make compromises - even though it did not lose any wars.

- Ariel Sharon

Abu Mazen is not a member of the Zionist movement. He is a Palestinian.

- Ariel Sharon

I believe Prime Minister Blair is a friend, and a friend of Israel.

- Ariel Sharon

One generation after another is drifting away from anything Jewish.

- Ariel Sharon

If there is something that I respect about the Arabs, it's the fact that they never change their position.

- Ariel Sharon

I never had a political power base.

- Ariel Sharon

Staying in Likud means wasting time in political squabbles rather than acting on behalf of the good of the country.

- Ariel Sharon

Jordan is Palestine. The capital of Palestine is Amman. If Palestinian Arabs want to find their political expression, they will have to do it in Amman.

- Ariel Sharon

There is a feeling among the Arabs - encouraging terrorist activity is part of the broad new Arab strategy - that sooner or later, Israel will be forced to withdraw from Samaria, Judea and Gaza.

- Ariel Sharon

What would happen in the U.S. to terrorists who are not citizens? In less than 24 hours, they would be rounded up, taken to the airport and expelled.

- Ariel Sharon

I've been under security protection since 1978.

- Ariel Sharon

It's very, very clear that you cannot move to the next phase unless the former one has been fully accomplished.

- Ariel Sharon

I believe that the Jewish state will exist forever.

- Ariel Sharon

I wouldn't go so far to say that destiny preserves me. I managed to survive and to succeed.

- Ariel Sharon

I don't hate anyone.

- Ariel Sharon

I don't see any situation where Israel will not be sitting on the Golan Heights.

- Ariel Sharon

Hamas is a terror organization with a covenant that speaks about the elimination of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. They are not partners for negotiations.

- Ariel Sharon

The United States cannot live with terror.

- Ariel Sharon

Arafat is hosting, training, supporting, sponsoring terrorist organizations.

- Ariel Sharon

My grandfather was facing this terror, my parents, myself.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel is the only democracy in this part of the world.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel doesn't have to hide anything.

- Ariel Sharon

I think that Hezbollah, no doubt that they work together with the Syrians.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel's security policy is determined by our needs. I strongly reject all the unfounded publicity suggesting that Israel is prevented from taking action because of international pressure.

- Ariel Sharon

The State of Israel is not collapsing and will not collapse.

- Ariel Sharon

When it comes to matters of war and peace, we must not act rashly.

- Ariel Sharon

The Jewish people remember the dramatic vote in the U.N. Assembly on November 29, 1947, when representatives of the nations recognized our right to national revival in our historic homeland.

- Ariel Sharon

The right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel does not mean disregarding the rights of others in the land.

- Ariel Sharon

My first love was, and remains, manual labor; sowing and harvesting, the pastures, the flock, and the cattle.

- Ariel Sharon

I was born in the Land of Israel, the son of pioneers - people who tilled the land and sought no fights - who did not come to Israel to dispossess its residents.

- Ariel Sharon

If there is ever to be an end to the conflict, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish people's right to a homeland and the existence of an independent Jewish state in the homeland of the Jewish people.

- Ariel Sharon

One has to view things realistically.

- Ariel Sharon

Abu Mazen understands that it is impossible to vanquish Israel by means of terrorism.

- Ariel Sharon

The government, under my leadership, will act to implement the rule of law and to maintain the independence of the judicial system, which is one of the pillars of maintaining a democratic system.

- Ariel Sharon

There is a deep-felt desire among the people to stand firmly together in dealing with the challenges of the future.

- Ariel Sharon

In all of my possessions, in all moments, whether hard or happy, I was accompanied by my dear wife, Lilly, who supported me wholeheartedly.

- Ariel Sharon

Arafat is the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel does not start wars.

- Ariel Sharon

We have built cities, developed industry and cultivated agriculture - we have transformed the State of Israel into an example and symbol for many other countries in the world.

- Ariel Sharon

In times of peace, just as today in our fight against terror, the United States and Israel stand together.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel, an embattled democracy, has been fighting terrorism for over 100 years.

- Ariel Sharon

Arabs have the right to visit everywhere in the Land of Israel, and Jews have the right to visit every place in the Land of Israel.

- Ariel Sharon

The Palestinians should have understood by now that what they haven't gotten today they won't be given tomorrow.

- Ariel Sharon

It is in Israel's interest not to govern the Palestinians but for the Palestinians to govern themselves in their own state.

- Ariel Sharon

The Palestinians have arrived at the conclusion that nothing can be achieved using terror.

- Ariel Sharon

There is a famous saying: 'It's hard to be a Jew.' It's also hard to be a Palestinian. I know that.

- Ariel Sharon

Arafat conducts terror; his strategy is the strategy of terror.

- Ariel Sharon

We have learned a long time ago that one cannot compromise with terrorists.

- Ariel Sharon

I believe that Israel is much stronger than many of its leaders.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel is a society governed by the rule of law.

- Ariel Sharon

My strength never came from political echelons, it came from the family. And from the fields and the lands and the flowers and everything I see there. My strength came from there.

- Ariel Sharon

As one who participated in all the wars of the state of Israel, I saw the horror of wars. I saw the fear of wars. I saw my best friends being killed in battles. I was seriously injured twice.

- Ariel Sharon

I don't think I have accomplished what I still have to accomplish. There is one thing that I would like to do, and that's to bring security and peace to the Jewish people.

- Ariel Sharon

Myself, first of all, I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel is a wonderful country. It's a beautiful country. It is ours. But it is a country with 10,000 problems that we have to solve and deal.

- Ariel Sharon

And Israel, being a tiny, small country, of course has interest to strengthen - we have interest to strengthen our relations with other countries, mostly countries that were hostile for many, many years.

- Ariel Sharon

I cannot say that the attitude of the United Nations always is for the Israeli attitude. Israel, I think, has been under severe attacks by members of the United Nations many times.

- Ariel Sharon

There is no good terror and bad terror. Terror is terror. There's not terror that you can accept and terror that you cannot accept. Terror is terror. Murder is murder.

- Ariel Sharon

That is all that we want, what people want, what people want in New York, in Washington, in Pittsburgh, in any other place in the United States or in Europe. People want to live peacefully. That's what we want.

- Ariel Sharon

When I was born here on one of the farms in Israel, my childhood, I never thought for one day that we will not be living together with Arabs.

- Ariel Sharon

All together, we know for many years that terror is the most dangerous thing for local, regional and international stability.

- Ariel Sharon

If I have to advise our brothers in France, I'll tell them one thing - move to Israel, as early as possible. I say that to Jews all around the world, but there I think it's a must and they have to move immediately.

- Ariel Sharon

Both during the elections and as Prime Minister, I have repeatedly and publicly said that I support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel.

- Ariel Sharon

I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this many times. I don't plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem.

- Ariel Sharon

I am 73 years old. I've seen everything. I've met the kings, the queens, the presidents, I've been around the world. I have one thing that I would like to do: to try to reach peace.

- Ariel Sharon

We are together with the British and Americans because one should fight terror. But we are not going to pay the price for it by endangering Israel and its citizens.

- Ariel Sharon

I was born on a farm. My strength has nothing to do with political apparatus. I get my strength from nature, from flowers.

- Ariel Sharon

We have evidence that Iran makes a reactor to possess nuclear weapons.

- Ariel Sharon

As long as I'm needed. I'll be ready to serve. I look forward with optimism. We need the Jews here. Move to Israel! Move to Israel!

- Ariel Sharon

But there's one thing we are not going to compromise at all: when it comes to security of Israeli citizens and the State of Israel, there are not going to be any compromises - not now and not in the future.

- Ariel Sharon

Netanyahu is pressured easily, gets into a panic, and loses his senses... to run a country like Israel a leader needs to have reason and judgment and nerves of steel, two traits he does not have.

- Ariel Sharon

Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.

- Ariel Sharon

There is no bullet-proof vest in my size.

- Ariel Sharon

A lie should be tried in a place where it will attract the attention of the world.

- Ariel Sharon

Even the sheep are afraid of me.

- Ariel Sharon

I am working on the assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza.

- Ariel Sharon

I have worries, but in difficult times, that is when I am quiet.

- Ariel Sharon

The problem is that Abu Mazen signed an agreement with the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

- Ariel Sharon

The great question of our day is whether we, the Jewish people of Israel, can find within us the will to survive as a nation.

- Ariel Sharon

We have to remember that Arafat was the one that started with hijacking airplanes already in 1968.

- Ariel Sharon

Jerusalem is the holiest place for the Jewish people.

- Ariel Sharon

I have absolute faith in the correctness of my course.

- Ariel Sharon

I'm a friend of Colin Powell. We talk quite often.

- Ariel Sharon

Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians.

- Ariel Sharon

We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides.

- Ariel Sharon