Abdul Rahman Arif

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Our goal is clear- to wipe Israel off the map.

Haji Abdul Rahman Arif (Arabic عبد الرحمن عارف; Abd al-Raḥmān `Ārif; 1916 – August 24, 2007) was President of Iraq from April 16, 1966 to July 16, 1968.

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  • The existance of Israel is an error which we must put right. This is our opportunity to wipe out the disgrace which is Israel which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear- to wipe Israel off the map.
    • Radio broadcast, 1 June 1967, as quoted in Michael Scott-Bauman (1998) Conflict in the Middle East: Israel and the Arabs.
  • I hope there will be stability and security in all parts of Iraq and neighboring Arab countries. I hope there will be national unity in Iraq by forgetting the past and looking for the future.

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