David Ben-Gurion

Ben Gurion wrote in the N.Y. Times 4/22/63: “Jews are in truth a separate element in the midst of the peoples among whom they live – an element that cannot be completely absorbed by any nation – and for this reason no nation can calmly tolerate it in its midst.”

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Ben-Gurion said in 1938: "If I knew it was possible to save all the children in Germany by taking them to England, and only half of the children by taking them to Eretz Israel, I would choose the second solution. For we must take into account not only the lives of these children but also the history of the people of Israel." (Biography of Ben-Gurion by Shabtai Teveth, pp. 855-56)

With regard to permits of some 2,900 immigrants who already received certificates but it was still necessary to meet with Malcolm McDonald, Secretary of the British Colonial Office and author of the 1939 White Paper. Ben-Gurion determined that he was a dangerous enemy and ordered to stop meetings with him. Sharett tried to convince him that Jews must be saved. He answered: “Our future is more important than the rescue of 2,900 Jews.” (Diary of Moshe Sharett, Nov. 18, ’39)