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    Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today - and longed for them tomorrow.
    — Abba Eban
    Our intention to regard the closing of the Straits as a casus belli was communicated...to the foreign ministers of those states which had supported international navigation in the Straits in 1957 and thereafter. There can be no doubt that these warnings reached Cairo. One thing was now clear. If Nasser imposed a blockade, the explosion would ensue not from 'miscalculation', but from an open-eyed and conscious readiness for war.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: conscious  doubt  war 
     
    A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
    — Abba Eban
    Better to be disliked than pitied.
    — Abba Eban
    I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: peace  unconditional  war 
     
    Salvation, the prophets tell us, is preconditioned by repentance. The redeeming act of God waits upon man's initiative.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: god  salvation 
     
    A nation writes its history in the image of its ideal.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: write 
     
    Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: men  tragedy  government 
     
    One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: world 
     
    The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: society  living 
     
    Human beings act intelligently only after they have exhausted the alternatives
    — Abba Eban
    tags: human 
     
    His ignorance is encyclopedic.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: ignorance 
     
    Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: authentic 
     
    Playing the game I have learned the meaning of humility. It has given me an understanding of futility of the human effort.
    — Abba Eban
    Tragedy is the difference between what is and what could have been.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: tragedy 
     
    It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
    — Abba Eban
    You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way. You can't be detached and effective.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: achieve 
     
    A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: believe 
     
    Israel is not an aviary.
    — Abba Eban
    Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its 'right to exist.' Israel's right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel's legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement.... There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its 'right to exist' a favor, or a negotiable concession.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: young  right  service 
     
    Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
    — Abba Eban
    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.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: earth 
     
    History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: men 
     
    Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.
    — Abba Eban
    tags: people  believe 
     
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