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Abba Eban

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

Abba Eban (February 2, 1915November 16, 2002), born Aubrey Solomon Eban, was an Israeli diplomat, politician and author. He was born in South Africa but was educated in England.

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  • History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
    • Speech in London (16 December 1970); as quoted in The Times [London] (17 December 1970) and in Great Jewish Quotations (1996) by Alfred J. Kolatch, p. 115.
  • 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.
    • Abba Eban wrote "Israel's Dilemmas: An Opportunity Squandered" in Stephen J. Roth, ed. "The Impact of the Six-Day War: A Twenty-Year Assessment"
  • The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
  • 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.

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