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95 Israeli Ethnic Cleansing Quotes

  1. Occupation, settlement, and encouragement of emigration. Only in this way can we solve the problem of Gaza. To occupy all the land. To settle in all the land. And of course, to encourage the voluntary emigration of as many [Palestinian] people as possible to other countries.

  2. I don't understand why the Gazans are not sent to camps in the Negev. How come this never came up as a solution?

  3. First we must return to Gaza now! We are coming home! To the holy land! And second, we must encourage emigration. Encourage the voluntary emigration of the residents of Gaza.

  4. By the end of the war, all of Northern Gaza should be inhabited by Jews, this is the price for October 7th.

  5. As far as the State of Israel is concerned, there is no obstacle for the Gazans to leave, maybe even the port they are building could be used for this, but there are no countries in the world that are ready to receive them.

  6. No Arab, I am talking about over 2 million Arabs, they will not stay there [in Gaza].

  7. Why do you think it is immoral to take land from someone who wants to kill me? Why is it immoral to take my land, which my ancestors lived there, which I've even given up, to someone who slaughters, rapes, and murders me? What is more immoral than that?

  8. You will die, your children will die, your grandchildren will die - there won't be a Palestinian state, there won't be.

  9. I see victory. I see all their infrastructure being annihilated. I see that they don't have one house [not destroyed]. See hundreds of thousands fleeing like Nakba, walking towards exile! I see it with my own eyes.

  10. Israeli soldiers waging war in Gaza will remain as settlers and rebuild settlements, we have come back to inherit the land.

  11. [The] only humane solution for Gaza is the mass deportation of its inhabitants.

  12. They will move. The Arabs will move … We don't give them food, we don't give the Arabs anything. They will have to leave.

  13. 'Voluntary' is at times a state you impose until they give their consent.

  14. We don't leave the city centers in Gaza, that is the first thing ... The second thing, I suggest, and I say this in the most explicit way ... occupy Gaza and stay there ... what can and should be done is voluntary migration plan. A plan of encouragement, that will allow them to leave ... If we decide to [to expel Palestinians from Gaza], we can do it.

  15. We'd like to see, and we've talked about this in government meetings, by the way. There aren't any countries that want to take them [Gazans], even if we pay a lot of money. We should encourage voluntary migration, and we should compel them until they say they want it. The war does that.

  16. The price they must pay for what they've done to us should not be limited to merely punishing, the killing of insurgents. We are not talking about a conflict imposed on us, that's illogical. We refer to them as 'spaces,' while they call them 'land,' from which the word 'human' is derived. In the Middle East, it means that a human without land is worth nothing and has no right to exist. Therefore, the price they must pay for it to impact future generations is that we must take their land. First, we must take the land, after we have taken their land, we'll think about what we'll do next. The second thing we need to push for, despite all voices and opinions, is new migration and helping them find a new life. Gaza is certainly now destroyed and not suitable for human habitation. And I expect the Western world, as they did by welcoming a million Syrian refugees, to open their doors and welcome the people of Gaza.

  17. At least the northern Strip we must first of all conquer, annex, raze all the buildings and build neighborhoods.

  18. At the end of the war Hamas rule will collapse, there are no municipal authorities, the civilian population will be entirely dependent on humanitarian aid. There will be no work, and 60% of Gaza’s agricultural land will become security buffer zones.

  19. The Gaza problem is not just our problem. The world should support humanitarian emigration, because that’s the only solution I know.

  20. We will do what is good for the State of Israel: the migration of hundreds of thousands from Gaza will allow the residents of the Gaza Envelope to return home and live in security and protect the IDF soldiers.

  21. We must promote the solution to encourage the migration of Gaza residents. This is a correct, just, moral and humane solution. We have partners around the world that we can help. Encouraging the migration of the residents of Gaza will allow us to bring home the residents of the Outaf and the residents of Gush Katif.

  22. Our problem is [finding] countries that are willing to absorb Gazans, and we are working on it.

  23. If there are 100,000 or 200,000 Arabs in Gaza and not two million, the whole discourse about the day after will be different

  24. The entire Gaza Strip should be emptied and leveled flat, just like in Auschwitz. Let it become a museum, showcasing the capabilities of the State of Israel and dissuading anyone from living in the Gaza Strip. This is what must be done to give them a visual representation.

  25. We must destroy Hamas, occupy the entire strip and return it [to Israel].

  26. After we turn Khan Younis into a soccer field […] we need to take advantage of the destruction to tell the countries that each of them should take a quota, it can be 20K or 50K. We need all 2 million to leave. That's the solution for Gaza.

  27. There is no other way than to control the whole of Gaza, Full control that will include full flourishing settlement in all of the strip. Not like the Gush Katif settlements that focused on small areas - but settlements in all of the strip - width and length.

  28. 1. Annexing Area C is necessary, because if not, everything that happened to us in the Gaza envelope will happen to us in Kfar Saba, Herzliya, Ra'anana, and more. It's just a matter of time. 2. Annexing the northern Strip of Gaza is necessary, because if not, the residents of the Gaza envelope are again in existential danger. 3. We lost our reading of the security map since we called settlement 'settlement', since we called the pioneers 'hilltop youth'. It's important to note that the value of land is not only biblical but also grants us geopolitical depth and a grip on the territory which allows us to ensure our right to exist. We must return to the roots; the Maccabees, of blessed memory.

  29. We are now rolling out the Gaza Nakba ... There is no way to wage a war – as the IDF seeks to do in Gaza – with masses between the tanks and the soldiers ... Gaza Nakba 2023. That’s how it’ll end.

  30. Instead of funneling money to rebuild Gaza or to the failed UNRWA, the international community can assist in the costs of resettlement, helping the people of Gaza build new lives in their new host countries. Gaza has long been thought of as a problem without an answer.

  31. Let us distribute Gazans all over the world, there are 2.5 million people. Each country takes 25,000. That's human and needs to be done.

  32. Vengeance is a great value. There is vengeance over what they did to us ... This place will be a fallow land. They will not be able to live here”

  33. The war will never end if we don't expel them all.

  34. Erase Gaza from the face of the earth. Let the Gazan monsters rush to the southern border and flee into Egypt, or die. And let them die badly. Gaza should be wiped off the map.

  35. The north of the Gaza Strip, more beautiful than ever. Everything is blown up and flattened, simply a pleasure for the eyes ... We must talk about the day after. In my mind, we will hand over lots to all those who fought for Gaza over the years and to those evicted from Gush Katif” [a former Israeli settlement].

  36. This testimony, which joins a multitude of shocking testimonies and demonstrations of joy by children, youth, adults, and elders - women as well as men, has led me to the understanding that every inhabitant of the Strip who does not fight against ISIS Gaza, is a son of death. I am convinced that it will be possible to evacuate those few sane individuals from the territory of the Strip. Dear citizens of Israel, achieving world support for the elimination of Hamas is not considered an achievement and there is no logic in creating an equation that differentiates between uniformed individuals and the rest of the inhabitants there, except as mentioned for the exemption of those who go against that oppressive regime! Therefore, I am full of hope and anticipation that the decision-makers will clarify to the world about updating the war targets. The destruction of Gaza and all its inhabitants. They set the norms for both us and them, and we will act not to disappoint them and will operate, God willing, with strength, determination, and cool-headedness until a clear victory. I will pursue my enemies and overtake them, and I will not return until they are consumed. Together we will win!

  37. Returning to the Gush Katif / Playing beach volleyball / Establishing Nova Beach on the Gaza coast / The nation of Israel lives!

  38. Every building that falls in Gaza is a building from which Hamas executes their terrorist activities.

  39. Nakba?! expel them all. If the Egyptians care so much for them - they are welcome to have them wrapped in cellophane tied with a green ribbon. Salamat [Goodbye in Arabic]!

  40. If the goal of this operation is not destruction, occupation, deportation and settlement, we have done nothing.

  41. If the Prime Minister Netanyahu and his ministers cared about the State of Israel, there would already be 150,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, and not even a single building would be standing in the Strip.

  42. Gaza needs to be smaller at the end of the war.

  43. There should be 2 goals for this victory: 1. There is no more Muslim land in the Land of Israel ... After we make it the land of Israel, Gaza should be left as a monument, like Sodom.

  44. We need to exact a territorial price from [Hamas], including returning Jewish settlements at least to the north of Gaza Strip.

  45. All the civilian population in gaza is ordered to leave immediately. We will win. They will not receive a drop of water or a single battery until they leave the world.

  46. It is not Hamas that should be eliminated. Gaza should be razed and Israel’s rule should be restored to the place. This is our country.

  47. Five days have passed since Muslims carried out the largest massacre in history of Jews, on the land of Israel, since the establishment of the State of Israel. And still [N]etanyahu refuses to give the moral order to crush and erase the cities of terror from which the murderers of our brothers emerged. Shame!

  48. Creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieve the goal. Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.

  49. This [attack] is not enough, there should be more, there should be no limits to the response, I said it a million times, until we see hundreds of thousands fleeing Gaza, we, the IDF has not achieved its mission, this is a phase that should happen, I am saying this cause these are instructions that were said to the IDF [...] I also do not want [the IDF] to get inside [Gaza] before crushing everything, I’d rather the falling of fifty buildings than one more casualty to our forces.

  50. Erase Gaza. Nothing else will satisfy us. It is not acceptable that we have a terrorist authority next to Israel. Do not leave a child there to expel all the remaining ones at the end, so that they will not have a resurrection.

  51. The goal has been defined - there will be no operational capability left against the State of Israel. In order to achieve the goal, at the tactical level, it cannot happen without the population fleeing.

  52. Nakba to the enemy now! This day is our Pearl Harbor. We will still learn the lessons. Right now, one goal: Nakba! A Nakba that will overshadow the Nakba of 48. A Nakba in Gaza and a Nakba for anyone who dares to join!

  53. Gaza is the city of evil [...] We will turn all the places where Hamas is organized and hiding into cities of ruins. I say to the residents of Gaza - get out of there now. We will act everywhere and with all our strength.

  54. [W]e cut the supply of energy, water and diesel to the Strip ... But it’s not enough. In order to make the siege effective, we have to prevent others from giving assistance to Gaza ... The people should be told that they have two choices: to stay and to starve, or to leave. If Egypt and other countries prefer that these people will perish in Gaza, this is their choice.

  55. The Palestinian village of Huwwara should be wiped out. The state needs to do it and not private citizens.

  56. There will never be a Palestinian state here. We will never allow another state to be established between the Jordan River and the sea. We will never go back to Oslo.

  57. We will give [the Palestinians] a carrot in the form of a state, and if they don’t want it, we will tear them apart. I have said many times in the past that next time we have a war, they will no longer remain here, we will kick them out to the other side of the Jordan River. That’s how we need to fight. We were too nice in ’67.

  58. If the War of Independence had ended with an absolute separation of populations – the Palestinian Arabs on the east side of the Jordan River and the Jews on the west side – the Middle East would be less volatile and both peoples would have suffered less over the past 70 years. They would have been satisfied with a state of their own, not exactly what they wanted, and we would have received the whole Land of Israel.

  59. This is how a ‘nakba’ begins. Just like this. Remember ’48. Remember ’67 ... You’ve been warned!

  60. The IDF shall designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunnelling... In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.

  61. There are no two states, and there are no two peoples. There is only one state for one people.

  62. I don’t know why it’s so hard for us to define reality with the simple words that language puts at our disposal. Why do we have to make up a new name for the war every other week, just to avoid calling it by its name. What’s so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy? Every war is between two peoples, and in every war the people who started the war, that whole people, is the enemy. A declaration of war is not a war crime. Responding with war certainly is not. Nor is the use of the word 'war', nor a clear definition who the enemy is. Au contraire: the morality of war (yes, there is such a thing) is founded on the assumption that there are wars in this world, and that war is not the normal state of things, and that in wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.

  63. [In] certain conditions, expulsion is not a war crime. I don't think that the expulsions of 1948 were war crimes. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands.

  64. I want them all to go, even if they go to the moon.

  65. We must do everything to insure they never do return.

  66. We must expel Arabs and take their places...and, if we have to use force-not to dispossess the Arabs of the Negev and Transjordan, but to guarantee our own right to settle in those places-then we have force at our disposal.

  67. The compulsory transfer of the [Palestinian] Arabs from the valleys of the proposed Jewish state could give us something which we never had, even when we stood on our own during the days of the first and second Temples. We are given an opportunity which we never dared to dream of in our wildest imaginings. This is more than a state, government and sovereignty, this is national consolidation in a free homeland.

  68. In many parts of the country new settlement will not be possible without transferring the [Palestinian] Arab fellahin. it is important that this plan comes from the [British Peel] Commission and not from us. Jewish power, which grows steadily, will also increase our possibilities to carry out the transfer on a large scale.

  69. With compulsory transfer we [would] have a vast area [for settlement]. I support compulsory transfer. I don't see anything immoral in it.

  70. After the formation of a large army in the wake of the establishment of the [Jewish] state, we shall abolish partition and expand to the whole of the Palestine

  71. [the indigenous population was akin to] the rocks of Judea, as obstacles that had to be cleared on a difficult path.

  72. We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it

  73. The [Palestinian] Arab reaction would be negative because they would lose everything and gain almost nothing ...They would lose the richest part of Palestine; they would lose major Arab assets, the orange plantations, the commercial and industrial centers and the most important sources of revenue for their government which would become impoverished; they would lose most of the coastal area, which would also be a loss to the hinterland Arab states...It would mean that they would be driven back to the desert.

  74. With regard to the refugees, we are determined to be adamant while the war lasts. Once the return tide starts, it will be impossible to stem it, and it will prove our undoing. As for the future, we are equally determined to explore all possibilities of getting rid, once and for all, of the huge [Palestinian] Arab minority [referring to the Palestinian Israeli citizens of Israel] which originally threatened us. What can be achieved in this period of storm and stress [referring to the 1948 war] will be quite unattainable once conditions get stabilized.

  75. ...the transfer of [Palestinian] Arab population from the area of the Jewish state does not serve only one aim--to diminish the Arab population. It also serves a second, no less important, aim which is to advocate land presently held and cultivated by the [Palestinian] Arabs and thus to release it for Jewish inhabitants.

  76. It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both peoples...If the Arabs leave it, the country will become wide and spacious for us...The only solution is a Land of Israel...without Arabs...There is no way but to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighboring countries, to transfer all of them, save perhaps for [the Palestinian Arabs of] Bethlehem, Nazareth, and the old Jerusalem. Not one village must be left, not one tribe.

  77. Once again I come face to face with the land settlement difficulties that emanate from the existence of two people in close proximity...only population transfer and evacuating this country so it would become exclusively for us is the solution.

  78. Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either...There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab Population.

  79. Let us not today fling accusation at the murderers. What cause have we to complain about their fierce hatred to us. For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers have lived...We should demand his blood not from the Arabs of Gaza but from ourselves...Let us make our reckoning today. We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house.

  80. The confidence of thousands of Arabs of the Hula [Valley] was shaken...We had only five days left...until 15 May [1948]. We regarded it as imperative to cleanse the interior of the Galilee and create Jewish territorial continuity in the whole of the Upper Galilee...I gathered the Jewish mukhtars [Kibbutz chiefs], who had ties with the different Arab villages, and I asked them to whisper in the ears of several Arabs that a giant Jewish reinforcement had reached the Galilee and were about to clean out the villages of Hula, [and] to advise them as friends, to flee while they could. And rumour spread throughout Hula that the time had come to flee. The flight encompassed tens of thousands. The stratagem fully achieved its objective.

  81. We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population. ' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!

  82. There is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.

  83. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country ... expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.

  84. We must expel the Arabs and take their place.

  85. The only solution is a Land of Israel devoid of Arabs. There is no room here for compromise. They must all be moved. Not one village, not one tribe can remain. Only through this transfer of the Arabs living in the Land of Israel will redemption come.

  86. If we make sure that they will have many dead and that 400k refugees flee through the Rafah crossing, there will be no fear of mass slaughter among our soldiers [...] the IDF is acting now, which pushes the residents [...] into the cities. The immigration gates to Egypt and the sea should be opened. Allow people to go out and make it clear: whoever chooses to go out, has gone out.

  87. We'll Deprive Gaza of Water, and the Arabs Will Leave.

  88. The Land of Israel will be built solely by the hands of an industrious people, rich in material and spirit, who will come to it from outside as a result of a vital historical need to create a homeland for themselves, equipped with modern scientific and technical instruments and ready at any cost to turn the desert and wasteland into a flourishing oasis, fruitful, culturally rich and populated, like what the English immigrants did in North America and the Dutch immigrants in South Africa - and like what the Jews began to do in the Land of Israel itself.

  89. [Gaza already is] a huge concentration camp.

  90. I want to move on to one point, speaking of Gaza, speaking of Lebanon, and other places we'll occupy in the future. Since we want to maintain equilibrium as a developed country, punishment as a strategy should be the main element. In punishment you have room to maneuver, you decide whether you slap them once or twice, in front or from behind, whether to strike property or leaders, but the main objective of units in the field is to kill the enemy. Before he makes contact, while he makes contact, and then when he retreats. That's the most important thing. Quantity is more important than quality. One mistake the [Israeli] Army makes is judging each case individually, whether the person deserves to die or not. Most of these people [Gazans, Palestinians, Lebanese, Arabs] were born to die, we just have to help them.

  91. Zionism was built based on population exchange e.g. the mass Aliyah of Jews from Arab countries and Europe to the Land of Israel, willingly or not, and the exit of masses of Arabs who lived here, willingly or not, to the surrounding Arab areas. This historic pattern seems to require culmination, ensuring a future of peace above all else.

  92. In the next war, if we do it right, we’ll have a chance to get all the Arabs out ... We can clear the West Bank, sort out Jerusalem.

  93. If [David Ben-Gurion] was already engaged in expulsion, maybe he should have done a complete job. I know that this stuns the Arabs and the liberals and the politically correct types. But my feeling is that this place would be quieter and know less suffering if the matter had been resolved once and for all. If Ben-Gurion had carried out a large expulsion and cleansed the whole country – the whole Land of Israel, as far as the Jordan River. It may yet turn out that this was his fatal mistake. If he had carried out a full expulsion – rather than a partial one – he would have stabilized the State of Israel for generations.

  94. My soul yearns for the dowry, and to let someone else take the bride.

    Former Israeli prime minister
    • Year of quote: 1967
    • Language: English
    • Source: Quoted by Nathan Thrall, Casualties of War, NY Times, 2020, p.167.
    • Hat tip: Pal Cit
    • Link to this quote: Permalink
    • Context: In a dialogue with Levy Eshkol a year and a half before she succeeded him as Prime Minister, exposes the problem of coming to seize the Palestinian territories, but without Palestinians.
    • Ethnic Cleansing Two State Solution
  95. We have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?

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