In confrontation, the rioters should suffer casualties and scars, so that they know it would not end with detentions.
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Israeli policy in the wake of the Palestinian revolt that began in December of 1987, Israeli radio, October 8, 1988
They are like grasshoppers compared to us.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, addressing West Bank settlers on March 31, 1988
By the year 2000, we will look in the mirror and we will see South Africa.
Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri
In the tortured land called Palestine by the Arabs and Greater Israel by maximalist supporters of Jewish nationalism, the rituals of state and guerrilla violence embody both the greater terror of war and the specific deeds of vendetta. The structural and ideological ties between Israel and the West (more specifically the core states of Britain earlier in this century and now the United States) are complex. So too are the patterns of opposition that involve not only the Palestinians and the Arab world, but much of the Third World in general. It is tempting to reduce these complexities to terms that are not specific to history and globally founded relationships. It is appealing to cast issues in the language of anti-Semitism, culture-clash, religious intolerance, superpower rivalry, or a Semitic blood feud. It is seductive to speak in terms of moderates and extremists on both sides, and to identify personalities, parties, and factions who either advance