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"There's no difference between one's killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It's exactly the same thing, or even worse."

"To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man."
Equality

"As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing."

"Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom."

"Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse."

"Women's liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one is likely to do anything about that."

"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."

"We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative."

"It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore."

"The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - no ideals."

"Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided-not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing."

"Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!"

"To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be."

"I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there's a good English phrase for it-cold war."

"What do you gain, Soviet Union, from this miserable policy? Where is your decency? Would it be a disgrace for you to give up this battle?"

"Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here."

"We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel."

"My delegation cannot refrain from speaking on this question-we who have such an intimate knowledge of boxcars and of deportations to unknown destinations that we cannot be silent."

"We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient."

"The man of the Cross, who heads the church whose symbol is the Cross, under which Jews were killed for generations. I could not escape the feeling. It stuck with me. And he felt it-that a Jewess was sitting opposite him."

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