Ze'ev Jabotinsky

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Ze'ev Jabotinsky

Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky (alternatively Zhabotinski) (Hebrew: זאב ז'בוטינסקי, Russian: Зеэв (Владимир Евгеньевич) Жаботинский; October 18, 1880 – August 4, 1940) was a Zionist leader, author, orator, soldier, and founder of the Jewish Legion in World War I.


  • Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. … We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. As one of the first conditions for equality we demand the right to have our own villains, exactly as other people have them. … We do not have to account to anybody, we are not to sit for anybody's examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them and will leave after them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change, nor do we want to.
    • Instead of Excessive Apology (1911).
  • We cannot give any compensation for Palestine, neither to the Palestinians nor to other Arabs. Therefore, a voluntary agreement is inconceivable. All colonization, even the most restricted, must continue in defiance of the will of the native population. Therefore, it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall which the local population can never break through. This is our Arab policy. To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy.
    • The Iron Wall (1923).
  • Eliminate the Diaspora, or the Diaspora will surely eliminate you.
    • Tisha B'av (1937).
  • The Jews might become the dynamite that will blow up the British Empire.
    • Palestine Bulletin, (1934-01-04) (Source).

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