quote by David Ben-Gurion

Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.

— David Ben-Gurion

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There is no such thing as a Palestinian people.

.. It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist.

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We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us.

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