Alleged Sharon Quote

Did Ariel Sharon really say the following?

“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”

  • Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001.

I’ve seen that many a times on other message boards, and I’m towards the boiling point. When asking for cites, I often get “Do a web search for the quote, you’ll get lots of cites.” Ugh. Naturally, this is quite a loaded quote. So what’s the Straight Dope?

I did a search on google for the exact phrase"Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel" and came up with 460 instances of this quote. However, they all seem to be on either other forums (now this one too I guess :wink: ) or from Pro-Palestinian or otherwise anti-semitic sights. One was called “”, if that tell you anything. If this statement was verified I would think it would be carried by the major media outlets around the world.

The quote is all over the web, but mostly on white supremacist and similar sites. I did a Lexis search, and the only mention I found in any publication were a series of letters to the editor in the Omaha World-Herald in early November.

I hope this helps.

Israel has a very critical press, and I can tell you that having lived in Israel during October 2001, and not having heard that quote printed in every paper, I think it is unlikely that it happened.