Abdul Rahman Arif
President and Prime Minister of Iraq (1916-2007)
- The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. 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.
- As quoted in anon (August 25, 2007), Abdel-Rahman Aref, 91, Former Iraqi President, Is Dead, The New York Times.