Top 77 Jerusalem Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Jerusalem Quotes from famous people such as Yitzhak Navon, Mark Kozelek, Noam Chomsky, Bille August, Elaine Pagels, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Once, there was a time in Jerusalem of brotherhood and

Once, there was a time in Jerusalem of brotherhood and peace: cultures and languages lived side by side and not one at the expense of the other.
Yitzhak Navon
When you have to pass through a couple of kids with Uzis on your way out of Jerusalem, you don’t forget those images. Getting out of your comfort zone is healthy. It’s one thing to hear about how things work in other countries, but it’s another thing to be there.
Mark Kozelek
When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land.
Noam Chomsky
I wanted to make Jerusalem as feature film. But we couldn’t finance it only through theatrical release, we couldn’t get all the money we needed. We had to get some money from television. So we said, ok, let’s do it both ways. So we did it in four parts.
Bille August
The Romans weren’t trying to kill all the Jews, but they did destroy Jewish resistance to Roman rule. Jerusalem was turned into a Roman army camp, and it was a total devastation.
Elaine Pagels
God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is not against building walls!
Robert Jeffress
We are pushing towards the dream of having our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. If there is a real project that aims to resolve the Palestinian cause on establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, under full Palestinian sovereignty, we will support it.
Ismail Haniyeh
Going to Jerusalem was an amazing experience… I spent most of my time in Tel Aviv. Gorgeous.
Sue Bird
My family has been rooted and intertwined with Jerusalem for generations, and I am among those who say every day, ‘May You return to Your city, Jerusalem, with compassion.’
Isaac Herzog
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.
Yasser Arafat
Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem are interlaced one with the other.
Reuven Rivlin
I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
When I was living in Jerusalem, I used to write in a coffee shop called Tmol Shilshom. I’d sit at the same table every day and work. And right next to my seat was a weathered wingback chair by a window.
Nathan Englander
Jerusalem doesn’t belong only to Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims and Jews, but to the world.
A. B. Yehoshua
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
Thomas Paine
When Ignatius understood that God did not wish him to remain at Jerusalem, he began to consider what he should do. The plan he approved and adopted was to enter upon a course of study in order to be better fitted to save souls.
Saint Ignatius
It was a major dream come true at last. In many respects, Jerusalem is a very modern and important story about people in a period of transition, with all the unrest that permeates society on the eve of a new century. The big life issues are at stake.
Bille August
Israel’s days without Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip are gone and will not return.
Yitzhak Shamir
Before I became prime minister, as mayor of Jerusalem, I became world-renowned because of my fight for the unity of Jerusalem.
Ehud Olmert
I love the heat and the excitement of Israel, and I will always love Jerusalem.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands.
Moshe Dayan
Israel of the coastal plain, where eight out of ten Israeli Jews live far removed from the occupied territories, from the fiery Jerusalem, from the religious and nationalistic conflicts, is unknown to the outside world, almost unknown to itself.
Amos Oz
One of the things you learn in government is there’s a long tail to American decision-making when it comes to foreign policy. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem, pulling out of the Iran deal, pulling out of Paris, not speaking up for democratic values – the world doesn’t end the next day.
Ben Rhodes
This was not a decision made with the Israelis. This was a decision by the president for the American people. And so, it was a decision that we all said Jerusalem should be the capital and the embassy should be there. This decision should not weigh in on the peace process.
Nikki Haley
Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures.
David K. Shipler
I want to live in a country that is not just a place but also an idea, and Jerusalem is the heart of the idea. There may be practical considerations, but a country cannot exist without an ethos, and Jerusalem is an ethos.
Yair Lapid
Wow, bad news. Mr. Obama now hates Israel because the Israelis want to build 1,600 apartments in their own capital city, Jerusalem. Russia hates Israel, too. So do the Europeans. So does Ban Ki-moon, a Korean who is secretary-general of the UN.
Ben Stein
The truth is that ‘The Jerusalem Post’ is the most credible newspaper in Israel.
Moshe Kahlon
For one moment, after I left Jerusalem with my family for life in Illinois, I thought that maybe there’s still a chance: maybe there are still enough people in Israel who refuse to rule and oppress another nation.
Sayed Kashua
Arik is suffused with a mystical belief about Jerusalem.
Reuven Rivlin
If they had connived a scheme, and Christ had not been raised from the dead, where would have been the hardest place on the face of the earth to convince anyone? In Jerusalem.
Josh McDowell
First of all, Arafat is wrong. Jerusalem is Israel's ca

First of all, Arafat is wrong. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, will never be divided, and will remain the capital of the State of Israel, the capital of the Jewish people, for ever and ever.
Benjamin Netanyahu
Right after the Six Day War, Arafat launched a series of guerrilla operations from East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Acting on a tip, Israeli soldiers stormed the house where he was based, minutes too late. They found his food still warm on the table.
Ronen Bergman
Jerusalem is not just a beautiful city: the challenge is to show that Jerusalem can be shared in peace and respect.
Federica Mogherini
Mark Rylance is one of my heroes. I saw ‘Jerusalem’ four or five times, twice in New York, twice in London.
Charlie Cox
My favorite meal would be a big piece of steak with salad and then Brussels sprouts and Jerusalem artichokes.
Joanna Coles
I’ve been mayor of the city of Jerusalem, which is perhaps, in some ways, more complex and more difficult than a ministerial position.
Ehud Olmert
I feel most strongly about Jerusalem, because architects ultimately have to address that city.
Ben Nicholson
After all, I think Jerusalem is part of the, of the world’s heritage.
Hussein of Jordan
The Obama administration has been unable to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel because the Palestinians want to claim it as their capital in a future state.
Richard Grenell
Instead of personal security, citizens are afraid to walk down the street in Jerusalem.
Yair Lapid
The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.
Benjamin Disraeli
My grandmother on my father’s side, a nightclub singer, was a Jewish refugee from Prussia who ended up in Jerusalem, where she met my grandfather – a British army officer. I remember as a child having bowls of chicken soup made by her. There were lots of interesting components, like feet and necks.
Jamie Cullum
Perhaps areas of Israel where current large Palestinian populations and demographic realities exist could be exchanged for Israeli expansion into the West Bank to include most of East Jerusalem.
Geraldo Rivera
I like Tel Aviv; I live in Tel Aviv, but our right of return is Jerusalem. We did not return after 2,000 years for Tel Aviv but for Jerusalem.
Yair Lapid
When I visited Jerusalem and the West Bank back in 2008, I was shocked by how individual Palestinians and whole Palestinian communities were treated by the Israeli government. From the illegal settlements to daily humiliations at checkpoints, the evidence of gross injustice and the human suffering it brings is indisputable.
Ed Davey
I grew up in Jerusalem and went to school here. I studied at the Hebrew University – mostly Islam and Arabic: Arab literature, Arab poetry and culture, because I felt like we are living in this region, in the Middle East, and we are not alone: There are nations here whose culture is Arab.
Yitzhak Navon
I never thought I’d live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem.
Mike Pence
Denying that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel does nothing to promote peace – instead, it disrespects a longtime, helpful and humane ally in the Middle East.
Katie Pavlich
We promise you that we will not cede a single part of Palestine, we will not cede Jerusalem, we will continue to fight and we will not lay down our arms.
Ismail Haniyeh
If the U.S. decides Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that does not mean that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Because the whole world is saying Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.
Saad Hariri
I always envied them, the owners of the cars with the white plates who can be seen around Jerusalem. I always wanted to be one of them. We call them U.N., even though U.N. are generally foreign correspondents with leased cars and yellow plates.
Sayed Kashua
Olmert made a proposal on the governing of Jerusalem that I do not believe his cabinet or the Knesset would have accepted.
Elliott Abrams
I found Jerusalem to be a tourist trap. I hope that I don’t offend anyone by saying that.
Mark Kozelek
Jews have been living in Jerusalem way before British people were living in London.
Naftali Bennett
Jerusalem is the holiest place for the Jewish people.
Ariel Sharon
When I’m in Jerusalem, I stay at the American Colony Hotel, neutral territory: the secret peace talks of 1992/3 started there.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
The grandeur of Jerusalem is also… its problem.
Umberto Eco
But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Around A.D. 930, the sages in Tiberias assembled all 24 holy books and completed the writing of the codex, the first definitive Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. From Tiberias, the codex was taken to Jerusalem.
Ronen Bergman
Put an end to talk on dividing Jerusalem. There can be no negotiations about Jerusalem.
Eli Yishai
As mayor of Jerusalem, I wanted the government to invest the necessary funds in order to unite the city in an effective manner with full rights for the Palestinians living in Jerusalem, so the world would say, ‘Okay, it can work.’
Ehud Olmert
I love the Middle East. My earliest childhood memories

I love the Middle East. My earliest childhood memories are of Jerusalem. I love the colors and smells and cadence of Arabic spoken in the streets of Cairo or Beirut. I also love the modernity and verve of Tel Aviv.
Kai Bird
I once wrote that the first week in Jerusalem was the hardest week of my life. I was different, other; my clothes were different, as was my language. All of the classes were in Hebrew – science, bible, literature. I sat there not understanding one word. When I tried to speak, everyone would laugh at me.
Sayed Kashua
Putin could no more survive returning Crimea to Ukraine than Bibi Netanyahu could survive giving East Jerusalem back to Jordan.
Pat Buchanan
I don’t believe that in the name of the holiness of the city you have to put barbed wires, machine gun nests, mine pins and everything of that, in the name of the holiness of Jerusalem.
Yitzhak Rabin
Gemmell’s name guarantees a satisfying story and a thumping good read. I recommend all his heroic creations – ‘Druss the axeman,’ ‘the Jerusalem man,’ among others – but my favourite has to be ‘Waylander’: Clint Eastwood with a crossbow and the same ‘Make my day, punk’ attitude.
Neal Asher
As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the Exile.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
We differ on several issues. And this may include settlement, the release of prisoners, the wall closing institutions in Jerusalem.
Mahmoud Abbas
Writing about Jerusalem was very stressful; every word counts.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Jewish calendar, which is lunar, is a calendar of witness. The Sanhedrin, Jewry’s Congress, met in Jerusalem toward the end of every month to wait for the new moon.
Joshua Cohen
I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states.
Federica Mogherini
I don’t think Jerusalem should be controlled 100% by religious people of any denomination, sect, or religion – even my own.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of the theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions – even parading without a permit!
David Kirk
The cost of living is not solved in Congress and Munich – the cost of living is solved here: in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Haifa.
Moshe Kahlon
Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off.
Abdullah II of Jordan
When my mom grew up, her father was in the military so she grew up all over the world. She lived in Germany, Jerusalem, Switzerland, all over.
Paul Wall