Top 35 Eli Yishai Quotes

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“We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too. There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

― Eli Yishai

“Israelis are displaying buds of xenophobia.”

― Eli Yishai

“I don’t want, under any circumstances, to see in ‘Haaretz’ a picture of a woman with a baby in her arms crying while policemen deport her.”

― Eli Yishai

“Gays and lesbians are sick people. It’s definitely a disease. They haven’t invented a cure for it yet, but I hope they will.”

― Eli Yishai

“The Land of Israel needs to build and be built, period.”

― Eli Yishai

“Admitting hundreds of thousands of infiltrators is an existential threat to the State of Israel.”

― Eli Yishai

“Let’s set things straight… there are 300 million people living in countries within the Nile basin in horrific economic and security conditions. The $500 that they earn in Israel every month is an annual salary in their countries of origin.”

― Eli Yishai

“I’m not the Eritrean welfare minister and not the Sudanese labor minister.”

― Eli Yishai

“Democracies take time.”

― Eli Yishai

“This stereotype that haredim don’t serve in the army and contribute is false and always was.”

― Eli Yishai

“The true and correct solution to eradicating discrimination is by establishing religious Sepharadi educational institutions. This is one of the reasons Shas was founded.”

― Eli Yishai

“A convert, if he converts through the Orthodox, he has the Jewish gene. If he doesn’t convert through the Orthodox, he doesn’t have the Jewish gene. As simple as that.”

― Eli Yishai

“We are losing the Jewish people in the Diaspora.”

― Eli Yishai

“If you want to be Jewish, welcome, but convert via the Halacha.”

― Eli Yishai

“Empires came and went while we, the Jewish people, persecuted relentlessly, facing expulsions and pogroms and the Holocaust, survived. We survived thanks to the Torah and faith in the Lord.”

― Eli Yishai

“One cannot forsake the security of Israelis.”

― Eli Yishai

“A law is a law, and it has to be respected.”

― Eli Yishai

“Construction in Jerusalem cannot be halted.”

― Eli Yishai

“Syria is still the foundation of the axis of evil, and I’m not sure it’s appropriate to transfer Israel’s northern front to the axis of evil.”

― Eli Yishai

“We have to protect and do our utmost to fortify the walls of Judaism in the land of Israel through legislation that will guard the unique Jewish character of the state of Israel.”

― Eli Yishai

“If it was up to me, I would send the gay community, who insisted on celebrating in Jerusalem, to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

― Eli Yishai

“Destroy and damage infrastructure, public buildings and government buildings. Do not leave them any place from which they can operate to damage Israel. We must be sure that Hamas will be spending many years in rebuilding Gaza and not in attacking Israel.”

― Eli Yishai

“I support peace.”

― Eli Yishai

“Put an end to talk on dividing Jerusalem. There can be no negotiations about Jerusalem.”

― Eli Yishai

“It is inconceivable that ministers of the Israeli government choose a car whose features are unnecessary luxuries in addition to being produced in Germany.”

― Eli Yishai

“Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East.”

― Eli Yishai

“Ahmed Tibi does not recognize the existence of the state of Israel, and letting him into the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is a serious danger to its security.”

― Eli Yishai

“The state of Israel will stand as one entity against any attempt to boycott its products.”

― Eli Yishai

“There is not another country that is as sensitive as Israel is to the rights of foreigners.”

― Eli Yishai

“South Tel Aviv has turned into the garbage can of the country.”

― Eli Yishai

“I sound like a racist, a benighted man or a xenophobe, but I’m motivated by love for my country and the knowledge that I don’t have another country.”

― Eli Yishai

“There has always been this feeling among the religious public of, ‘Why can’t we all unite?’ Shas, UTJ, Jewish Home… But, of course, the differences between the political parties in practice are too big to bridge.”

― Eli Yishai

“I walk around haredi neighborhoods freely, and I actually receive a lot of positive responses from people.”

― Eli Yishai

“One must know to lose honorably.”

― Eli Yishai

“I am not the type of politician who will tell you I am going to act for my own benefit. The answer is no, I will continue to serve the public.”

― Eli Yishai
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