Memorable Quotes on the Holy Land
“Abr(a)ham was a Hebrew, from whom all Arabs descend”
King David, 1000BC:
"If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget how to play the harp."
Martin Luther, 1538, 'Against the Sabbatarians: Letter to a good friend’
"Let them go to that country and to Jerusalem, build their temple, the priesthood, and submit to the law, and raise Moses with his law so they will be Jews again and possess the land. If that would happen, they would quickly find us behind them to become Jews ourselves”.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616):
"I'll make a voyage to the Holy Land"
"To wash this blood off from my guilty hand."
Bishop Thomas Newton 1754:
"They are dispersed among all nations, yet not confounded with any… After wars massacres and persecutions, they are still subsist, they are quite numerous. What supernatural power could have preserved the Jews in such a manner as no other nation on earth has been preserved? "
US President John Adams, 1797-1801 to Jefferson:
"I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation."
US President John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829:
"I believe in the rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.."
Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, on return of the Jews to their ancient homeland:
"a noble dream and one shared by many Americans"
Mary Lincoln-Todd, in 1865, on Lincoln's death:
"He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. And with the words half spoken on his tongue, the bullet of the assassin entered the brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by the angels to the New Jerusalem above."
Mark Twain, in 1867, Innocents Abroad p. 361-362:
"..... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."
“A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is.”
Teddy Roosevelt, ardent Zionist, in 1918, on return of the Jews to their ancient homeland:
"It seems to me that it is entirely proper to start a Zionist state around Jerusalem,’ for peace would only happen if Jews were given Palestine.”
President Woodrow Wilson, in 1918, on return of the Jews to their ancient homeland:
"The allied nations with the fullest concurrence of our government and people are agreed that in Palestine shall be laid the foundations of a Jewish Commonwealth.”
President Truman on May 14, 1948, the first to recognize Israel's independance after the UN vote:
"The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel."
"I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization."
Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, 1950s:
"If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert."
"We can defeat the Arabs a hundred times, and still have the same problem. They only need to defeat us once, and we are done for."
Pres candidate John F Kennedy, 1959:
"“Let us make it clear that we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom.”
President Dwight Eisenhower, 1957 on return of the Jews to their ancient homeland:
""Our forces saved the remnant of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well."
"The health of our society depends upon a deep and abiding respect for the basic commandments of the God of Israel."
Mosje Dayan, in 'Story of my life' on land purchases in the 1930s:
"we purchased the land from Arabs - often at very inflated prices - and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages"
"After a cabinet decision, the Israeli government announced that all refugees who went to Jordan, Lebanon, and Kuwait, and who wished to return would be allowed to do so up to August 10, 1067. But very few did. They had to go through the Jordanian government, who held them up and placed obstacles in their way"
"Masada shall not fall again" (Mosje Dayan instituted this swearing in ceremony for the Armoured Corps soldiers atop Mt Massada
Author Hans Habe, 'In King David's Footsteps', 1970s:
"Why don't the Arabs want our hospitals and street lights? Because it means we are here to stay."
Golda Meir, 'My Life', 1970s:
"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate ours."
Abba Eban, 16 Dec 1970s:
"If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions."
"Israel is a country surrounded on all side by enemies, but the people's headaches are caused by the neighbors upstairs"
President Ronald Reagan, 1987:
"For the people of Israel and America are historic partners in the global quest for human dignity and freedom. We will always remain at each other's side."
"Persecution is the prime differentiator in numbers between two 5000year old cultures of the Chinese and the Jews"
President Donald Trump, 2017:
"Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
the Apostle Paul, in Romans 11:26-27:
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins”