„The minute we leave south Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hezbollah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the State of Israel versus Hezbollah was sheer folly from the outset. It most certainly no longer will be relevant when Israel returns to her internationally recognized northern border.“

—  Amos Oz

"Try a Little Tenderness" (interview) in Ha'aretz, March 17, 2000.

Adopted from Wikiquote. Last update June 3, 2021. History
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Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual 1939 - 2018

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—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

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