Golda Meir’s Speech
Statements released by S. Kuldeep Singh to the press in 2008
On January 21, 1948 Golda Meir addressed the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, a non-Zionist organization. She said:
“The Jewish community in Palestine is going to fight to the very end. If we have arms to fight with, we will fight with them. If not, we will fight with stones in our hands.
I want you to believe me when I say that I came on this special mission to the United States today not to save seven hundred thousand Jews. During the last few years the Jewish people lost six million Jews, and it would be audacity on our part to worry Jews throughout the world because a few hundred thousand more Jews are in danger.
That is not the issue. The issue is that if these seven hundred thousand in Palestine can remain alive, then the Jewish people as such are alive and Jewish independence assured. If these seven hundred thousand people are killed off, then for centuries we are through with the dream of a Jewish people and a Jewish homeland.
………….I have come here to impress Jews in the United States with the fact that within a very short period, a couple of weeks we must have in cash between 25 and 30 million dollars.
……….You can not decide whether we should fight or not. We will. The Jewish community in Palestine will raise no white flag for the mufti. That decision is taken. Nobody can change it. You can only decide one thing: whether we shall be victorious in this fight or whether the mufti will be victorious. That decision American Jews can make. It has to be made quickly, within hours, within days.
And I beg you—-don’t be too late. Don’t be bitterly sorry three months from now for what you failed to do today. The time is now.”
In the words of Mrs. Golda Meir: “They listened, and they wept, and they pledged money in amounts that no community had ever given before.” She came back in March raising 50 million dollars, On May 14, 1948 Jewish State – Israel came into being.
Golda Meir Prime Minister of Israel from March 7, 1969 till 1974