Top Quotes by Israeli Politician Natan Sharansky

Collection of famous quotes by Israeli activist Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons. He served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency from June 2009 to August 2018.

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Can someone within that society walk into the town square and say what they want without fear of being punished for his or her views? If so then that society is a free society. If not it is a fear society.

— Natan Sharansky

When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between free societies and fear societies when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because peace cannot be disconnected from freedom.

— Natan Sharansky

My optimism is not based primarily on the successful march of democracy in recent times but rather is based on the experience of having lived in a fear society and studied the mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society.

— Natan Sharansky

In contrast fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.

— Natan Sharansky

People may believe that there can be a society where dissent is not permitted but which is nonetheless not a fear society because everyone agrees with one another and therefore no one wants to dissent.

— Natan Sharansky

Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.

— Natan Sharansky

I have no doubt that given a real choice the vast majority of Muslims and Arabs like everyone else will choose a free society over a fear society.

— Natan Sharansky

Only weeks after Oslo began when nearly all the world and most of Israel was drunk with the idea of peace I argued that a Palestinian society not constrained by democratic norms would be a fear society that would pose a grave threat to Israel.

— Natan Sharansky

When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between free societies and fear societies when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because peace cannot be disconnected from freedom.

— Natan Sharansky

I was inspired to write this book by those who are sceptical of the power of freedom to change the world.

— Natan Sharansky

The three main sources of scepticism are first that not every people desires freedom second that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous and third that there is little the world’s democracies can do to advance freedom outside their countries.

— Natan Sharansky

By helping readers understand these mechanics I hope they will appreciate why freedom is for everyone why it is essential for our security and why the free world plays a critically important role in advancing democracy around the globe.

— Natan Sharansky

Believe me the drug of freedom is universally potent.

— Natan Sharansky

I am optimistic that peace can be achieved in the region because I believe that every society on earth can be free and that if freedom comes to the Middle East there can be peace.

— Natan Sharansky

The message of the free world to any potential Palestinian leadership should be a simple one: Embrace democratic reform and we will embrace you.

— Natan Sharansky

The only peace that can be made with a dictator is once that must be based on deterrence. For today the dictator may be your friend but tomorrow he will need you as an enemy.

— Natan Sharansky

When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between free societies and fear societies when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because peace cannot be disconnected from freedom.

— Natan Sharansky

The central premise behind Oslo was that if Arafat were given enough legitimacy territory weapons and money he would use his power to fight terror and make peace with Israel.

— Natan Sharansky

Unfortunately little attention was paid to how Arafat ruled. In fact some saw the harsh and repressive nature of Arafat’s regime as actually bolstering the prospects for peace.

— Natan Sharansky

Only weeks after Oslo began when nearly all the world and most of Israel was drunk with the idea of peace I argued that a Palestinian society not constrained by democratic norms would be a fear society that would pose a grave threat to Israel.

— Natan Sharansky

On the other hand if the free world is concerned with how a new Palestinian leader governs then the peace process will have a real chance to succeed.

— Natan Sharansky

By focusing once and for all on helping the Palestinians build a free society I have no doubt that an historic compromise between Israelis and Palestinians can be reached and that peace can prevail.

— Natan Sharansky

Arafat rejected the deal because as a dictator who had directed all his energies toward strengthening the Palestinians hatred toward Israel Arafat could not afford to make peace.

— Natan Sharansky

To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace – or at least a genuine peace – the link between the nature of a regime and its external behavior must be understood.

— Natan Sharansky

I am optimistic that peace can be achieved in the region because I believe that every society on earth can be free and that if freedom comes to the Middle East there can be peace.

— Natan Sharansky

Can someone within that society walk into the town square and say what they want without fear of being punished for his or her views? If so then that society is a free society. If not it is a fear society.

— Natan Sharansky

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