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Abba Eban


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Abba Eban (born Abba Solomon Meir; later adopted Aubrey Solomon Eban; 2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and politician.

In his career he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and President of... more »

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  • ''History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.''
    Abba Eban (b. 1915), Israeli politician. speech, Dec. 16, 1970, London.
  • ''Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.''
    Abba Eban (b. 1915), Israeli politician. Quoted in New Yorker (April 23, 1990).
  • ''It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.''
    Abba Eban (b. 1915), Israeli politician. Quoted in Observer (London, December 5, 1971).
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