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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
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.
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.
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.
The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Salvation, the prophets tell us, is preconditioned by repentance. The redeeming act of God waits upon man's initiative.
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
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I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals.
February 2, 1915
November 17, 2002
Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages.
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