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"We are in a pointless discussion about the marginal issue of building in the settlements.... To reach peace, we need to discuss the issues that are really hindering peace, the question of recognition, security, refugess and of course many other issues."
—Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
"Calling Jerusalem a settlement is a misinterpretation, an insult to the city. It is incomprehensible that they are mixing questions of private rights, international law and politics. [The hotel was built] on private land, the development of which has nothing to do with diplomacy."
—Yigal Palmor, Israel Ministry of Foregin Affairs Spokesman
“The Jewish right of settlement in the [West Bank and Gaza] is equivalent in every way to the right of the local population to live there.”
— Eugene Rostow, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
“If settlement-building is now concentrated in areas that the Palestinians themselves acknowledge will remain part of Israel in any future peace agreement, why the obsessive focus on settlements as an ‘obstacle to peace?’”
— Yossi Klein HaLevi, Los Angeles Times
“We do not in any way equate Palestinian terrorism with Israeli settlement activity”
— George Mitchell and Warren Rudman, US Senators/Leaders of Middle East Fact-Finding Mission (2000)