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Abba Eban
Date of birth (1915-02-02)2 February 1915
Place of birth Cape Town, Union of South Africa
Year of aliyah 1940
Date of death 17 November 2002(2002-11-17) (aged 87)
Place of death Tel Aviv, Israel
Knessets 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Faction represented in Knesset
1959–1965 Mapai
1965–1968 Alignment
1968–1969 Labor Party
1969–1988 Alignment
Ministerial roles
1959–1960 Minister without Portfolio
1960–1963 Minister of Education & Culture
1963–1966 Deputy Prime Minister
1966–1974 Minister of Foreign Affairs

If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
Abba Eban
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
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The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
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A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
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I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
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You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
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It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
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His ignorance is encyclopedic.
Better to be disliked than pitied.
A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
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Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.
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One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.
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Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today – and longed for them tomorrow.
Abba Eban