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Arab/Muslim Rhetoric

Saudi Arabia

Abdallah Al-Yahya, Scholar:

"They [Jews] are like a cancer in the economy of countries: If they spread, along comes someone to eradicate them, but then they grow once again. They undergo various stages, but woe to the world and to the Jews themselves if they become strong."

-MEMRI, August 31, 2016

 

Arab League

Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General:

"Israel has not accepted the two-state solution. Until now there is not one official statement that Israel accepts the two-state solution and accepts to have a viable Palestinian state.... The Israelis do not want a Palestinian state"

"Yes, Hamas accepts the notion of two states.... So, if the Israelis are serious then all Palestinian factions will accept a two-state solution."

"Israel feels that they enjoy immunity against international law so why should they bother, why should they concede, why should they allow a Palestinian state to be created."

"The stability of the region, security of the region, the future of the region cannot cope with a situation just like this one... in regards to the negative Israeli policy."

 

Hamas

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Prime Minister:

"This intifada is not the result of despair. This intifada is a jihad, a holy war fought by the Palestinian people against the Zionist occupation. Only a holy war will drive the occupier out of Palestine."

Israel Hayom, January 21, 2016

"This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and suicide operations."

January 13, 2014

"We (Palestinians) will never overlook even one span of Palestine's soil because Palestine is an endowed land and no person, leader, organization or group is entitled to the right to ignore this land ... Israel has no future in the Palestinian lands and our motto is that we will never recognize the Zionist regime."

- Fars News Agency, October 27, 2012

"Thousands of fighters above ground and thousands of fighters underground have been preparing in silence for the campaign to liberate Palestine."

October 19, 2013

"Resistance and jihad is the only strategic option for the Islamic ummah ... As the representative of the Palestinian nation, we have (already) announced to the children of the Arab ummah, the Islamic ummah, and all free-thinkers in the world and (again) insist ... that we will never recognize the Zionist regime and announce that the Palestinian nation will continue their resistance until the holy Palestinian land is liberated ... the gun is our only response to [the] Zionist regime. In time we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy.”

- Tehran Times, February 11, 2012

"The armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel] from the blessed land of Palestine. The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine - all of Palestine, Allah willing. Allah Akbar and praise Allah ... Palestine - all of Palestine - is from the sea to the river. We won't relinquish one inch of the land of Palestine. The involvement of Hamas at any stage with the interim objective of liberation of [only] Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem, does not replace its strategic view concerning Palestine and the land of Palestine."

Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2011

"We repeat today that we are with the establishment of a Palestinian state on any liberated part of Palestinian land that is agreed upon by the Palestinian people, without recognizing Israel or conceding any inch of historical Palestine."

September 18, 2011

"Their [the 'Israeli entity's'] presence on our land is illegal and cannot be recognized...We move forward on what serves the interest of the Palestinian people, and the Israeli positions are of no interest to us."

YNet, April 29, 2011

"Palestine is from the sea to the river, from Rosh HaNikra to Rafah. The siege will not change our belief, wars don’t cause people give up resistance and resistance leaders. We will not recognize!  We will not recognize!  We will not recognize Israel!"

December 14, 2010

"This movement, with the help of the militant factions liberated the Gaza Strip, and we say, brothers and sisters, we will not be satisfied with Gaza ... Hamas looks toward the whole of Palestine, the liberation of the strip is just a step to liberating all of Palestine."

Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2009

“[Hamas will never recognize] the Zionist entity … [and] will remain steadfast, protecting the blood of the martyrs … the resistance will prevail until liberating the land, until liberating Jerusalem.”

International Middle East Media Center, August 14, 2009

"We call on all the factions to undertake efforts to contain the enemy and halt its aggression by planning martyrdom operations."

AFP, September 26. 2008

"Palestinians will fight Israel for generation upon generation until victory, and will yet get to dance at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem ... If Israel is not defeated in this generation, it will be in the next generation.”

Canadian Jewish News, August 17, 2007

"As far as we're concerned, the issue of recognition of Israel has been settled once and for all. It has been settled in our political literature, in our Islamic thought and in our Jihadist culture, on which we base our moves. Recognition of Israel is out of the question.”

Al Jazeera interview, April 2, 2007

"We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem.”

USA Today, December 6, 2006

"The decision [to include Rachel's Tomb and Cave of the Patriarchs in a 'Jewish Heritage Trail'] requires a real response in the West Bank and for the people to rise up in the face of the Israeli occupation and to break every shackle in confronting it. The project aims to erase our identity, alter our Islamic monuments and steal our history."

Khaled Meshal, Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau:

"We were and we still are in an open war with the criminal enemy (Israel).  The movement participates in politics and diplomacy and all types of work, but it insists on the choice of jihad and resistance.  [This choice] is Hamas’s greater and first strategy… This is Hamas. Hamas is not changing its skin.  We kill them and they kill us, [but] we will defeat them in the end."

Jerusalem Post, March 2017

"The Palestinian territories which have been looted by force can only be retaken by force and power ... Resistance will remain our strategy, and what unites us, Palestinians, is gun and popular resistance against the occupiers."

FARS News Agency, July 2012

When asked about the terror attack near Kiryat Arba on August 31, 2010 in which four Israelis were killed by Hamas gunmen, [Hamas leader] Mashaal said that Hamas will continue to "kill illegal settlers on our land." He stated that Israeli settlers were the source of the problem and he failed to understand why the international community gets upset when ‘we defend our people by confronting Israeli killings.

Jerusalem Post, September 2, 2010

In a Damascus speech, Meshal played down talk of a potential compromise and said that Arab states should renew their demands for the "liberation [of Palestinian land] from the sea to the river," standard phraseology for the elimination of Israel.

Washington Post, October 12, 2009

"Hamas envisions a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 border with Israel, with Jerusalem as the capital, all Jewish settlements dismantled and full sovereignty over land, air and water."

United Press International, May 9, 2009

"There is only one enemy in the region, and that is Israel."

New York Times, May 4, 2009

"We will never recognize Israel or cease to fight for our land. Our battle against Israel is one of resistance to occupation."

- Tehran Times, May 27, 2008

"This assembly holds special significance, since it takes place after Gaza was liberated against the will of the Zionist aggressors. Who knows when we will celebrate the liberation of Gaza, Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, and all the rest of Palestine. Hamas, together with the Palestinian people, will implement its policy using a new language, without feeling any urge to meet with the enemy or negotiate with it. Was Gaza liberated through negotiations?! Hamas will continue to wield its weapons and to [claim] its right to resist. Resistance will [continue to] be a strategic option until the last piece of Palestinian land is liberated, and until the last refugee returns."

“We ask all the people in surrounding Arab countries, the Muslim world and everyone who wants to support us to send weapons, money and men.”

Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas Co-Founder:

"Removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle because it appears in the Book of Allah."

Times of Israel, March 16, 2017

"Zionists, wait and see terror attacks, stabbing everywhere. Wait for suicide attacks on every bus, cafe and street. Wait for the rage and for revenge for Gaza, wait for the flames of the West Bank, inside you.... [we] can reach you above ground and below it. So start counting the number of coffins you'll need in these months."

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas official channel), July 9, 2014

"Palestine means Palestine in its entirety - from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River, from Ras Al-Naqura to Rafah. We cannot give up a single inch of it. Therefore, we will not recognize the Israeli enemy's [right] to a single inch ... Our hands are extended to Fatah to join the program of [armed] resistance and the liberation of Palestine."

Jerusalem Post, December 4, 2012

"The principles and strategies of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement are stable and irrevocable, and we will powerfully pursue the Palestinian cause."

FARS News Agency, March 2012

"Destroy the throne of Zion, the house of absolute evil ... Raise the banner of victory. Be like the fire of a volcano ... Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel! ... With blood and fire, resist until freedom. Defeat the soldiers of aggression, the enemies of humanity."

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas official channel), November 22, 2012

 

Hezbollah

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary General:

"There will be no place that is out of reach of the rockets of the resistance or the boots of the resistance fighters."
- Reuters, May 11, 2017

"That is why if Lebanon concludes a peace agreement with Israel and brings that accord to the Parliament our deputies will reject it; Hezbollah refuses any conciliation with Israel in principle."

"If they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."

"If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli."

"The Palestinian National Charter will live on as long as there is a knife in a Palestinian woman's hand with which she stabs an Israeli soldier or settler ... as long as there are suicide bombers in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv ... and as long as there is a child who throws a stone in the face of an Israeli soldier."

 

Iranian Government

Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Iranian Supreme Leader:

"There is no doubt that we will witness the demise of the Zionist entity [Israel]."
Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2017

"The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine.  The problem with ‘compromise’ is that it...  does not take into account the expansionist, oppressive and greedy characteristics of the Zionists"
- Times of Israel, February 21, 2017

"Contrary to their foolish aims, the Zionist regime and its supporters are very close to collapse and total extinction."
October 4, 2014

"Israel's annihilation is the only real cure...while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it."
July 24, 2014

"There is a Zionist enemy, but the Zionist regime is not that big ... at times the officials of the Zionist regime threaten us, they threaten to launch a military invasion, but I think that they themselves know - and if they don't know, they should know - that if they make the slightest mistake, then the Islamic establishment will raze Haifa and Tel Aviv to the ground."
March 21, 2013

"This bogus and fake Zionist outgrowth will disappear from the landscape of geography."
August 16, 2012

"The ultimate goal is to liberate all of Palestine from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea ... (our) missiles will carry out [Islamic] duties any time they feel a threat stemming from the enemy."
October 1, 2011

""Israel is a cancerous tumor. So what do you do with a cancerous tumor? What can be done to treat a tumor other than removing it?"
June 4, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President:

"The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to destroy it if it launches an attack adventure against Iran. The Zionists hope to attack Iran but they are afraid of the Iranian reaction and the consequences of such an attack. Our forces can deter any aggressor and make them pay."
Islamic Summit in Cairo, February 6, 2013

"[Israel] ridicules and violates all laws and humanitarian values... Following World War II they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish suffering... [The Jews] sent migrants from Europe, the US and other parts of the world in order to establish a totally racist government in occupied Palestine...So long as Zionist domination continues, many countries, governments and nations will never be able to enjoy freedom, independence and security."
Durban Review Conference, April 2009

"The real cure for the conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime."
August 3, 2006

"The Muslim world will not forget its historic right and will resist tyranny and occupation ... the Zionist regime is a wound that has set on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed."
ISNA News Agency, August 1, 2013

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iranian President:

"They established this cancerous tumor [Israel] in the strategic region of the Middle East, in order to control the most important place in the world, in history, civilization and even the current political balance of power ... Quds Day will continue to be held each year until the downfall of this trespassing regime."
August 31, 2010

"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would only produce damages in the Muslim world."
 Khabar TV, December 14, 2000

 

Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas, PA President:

"The 'Jewish state.' What is a 'Jewish state?' We call it, the 'State of Israel'. You can call yourselves whatever you want. But I will not accept it. And I say this on a live broadcast ... It's not my job to define it, to provide a definition for the state and what it contains. You can call yourselves the Zionist Republic, the Hebrew, the National, the Socialist [Republic] call it whatever you like. I don't care."
Palestinian TV, April 27, 2009

"Yasser Arafat cleaved to the permanent national rights that cannot be diminished ... We state today, we will not deviate one iota from the principles of Yasser Arafat and his objectives."
Speech Marking Death of Arafat, November 2006

Jibril Rajoub, PA Deputy Secretary-General:

"We understand that the Western Wall must be under Jewish sovereignty, but the Temple Mount is ours."
Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2017

"[Barcelona's football team] are coming to the occupied lands. All of Palestine - from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea - it's all occupied."
Al-Kass Sports Channel (Qatar), June 2, 2013

"Resistance to Israel remains on our agenda, I mean resistance in all of its forms. At this stage, we believe that popular resistance - with all that it entails - is effective and costly to the other side [Israel] ... If you ask me as a Palestinian, I say - our battle is with the Israeli occupation. Our main enemy, not as Palestinians but as Arabs and Muslims, is Israel and the Israeli occupation ... If [Arab] mobilization would begin for the liberation of Jerusalem; if money [spent] and swords drawn in the face of the Zionist enemy, that would be great ... Until now we don’t have nuclear weapons. Believe me, if we had nuclear weapons we would use them tomorrow morning."
Al Mayadeen (Lebanon), May 1, 2013

"After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated ... We are trying to preserve the concept of a two-state solution, and to make the Israelis understand there will be consequences for their actions."
- Maen Areikat, PLO Ambassador to the United States

"All these reports about [the Palestinian Authority] recognizing Israel are false. It's all media nonsense. We don't ask other factions to recognize Israel because we in Fatah have never recognized Israel ... [Fatah] will never relinquish the armed struggle no matter how long the occupation continues."
- Rafik Natsheh, Palestinian Authority Minister/Chairman Fatah Disciplinary Court

"We have the right to practice all forms of national struggle. We are in the phase of national liberation and we have the right to use all means in the fight to end the occupation until we establish the state."
- Azzam Al-Ahmad, Senior Fatah Leader

"Sons of Zion, this is an oath to the Lord of the Heavens:
Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts"
Facebook, "Fatah-The Main Page," July 7, 2014

"Let every hour of the settlers' presence on our land be a source of threat and terror for them. Let us deprive their lives of security, so that the Palestinian land becomes a minefield against the occupation."
Abu El-Einein, senior advisor to Mahmoud Abbas July 7, 2014

 

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Gaza

On Israel's Blockade

"Since one of the main purposes of imposing a naval blockade is to use coercion against a hostile entity or state that is a party to an armed conflict, the affected population genrally feel the effects of this pressure.... The issue is not that there is coercive actions which impacts the population collaterally, but rather what the impact is and what mitigating humanitarian measures are put in place... Thus, the fact that the fabric of economic life of the civilian population is adversely affected as a result of economic warfare does not, in itself, amount to collective punishment."
- "The Turkel Commission", The Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of May 31, 2010, Part One

"Legally, [Israel] is obliged only to prevent the civilian population from dying from starvation. In practice we have done much more than that... It is clear that the civilian population has suffered, but that does not mean the measure was illegal. We will not [target the areas where terrorists fire from], we will not do that. We will not harm the civilian population."
Major General Avichai Mandelbilt, Israeli Military Advocate-General

“If Hamas were in Canada, America would have a tougher blockade than Israel has. ”
- US Representative Barney Frank (D-MA-4)

"Our policy is simple. We say: any goods, any humanitarian aid to Gaza, can enter. What we want to prevent is their ability to bring in war materiel - missiles, rockets, the means for constructing casings for missiles and rockets."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“I understand the need for the Israelis to maintain this blockade. If the blockade were to be broken, it would be impossible to tell which vessels were carrying humanitarian supplies and which were carrying deadly rockets. The bottom line is that the attempt to prevent materials that could be used against Israel from reaching Hamas is of vital interest to Israel and to its national security, and I fully support it. We cannot allow the international reaction to this incident to legitimize Hamas, which would undermine our search for a lasting peace that would create security for Israel and a Palestinian state.”
- US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

"It is entirely appropriate for Israel to have a boycott."
- US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

"The marine blockade was imposed due to security needs and meets the requirements of international law... The policy towards the Gaza Strip complies with international and humanitarian law."
 - Main Findings, Turkel Commission Report on Gaza Flotilla

“Please be assured of my solidarity with you [the Palestinians] in the immense work of rebuilding which now lies ahead and my prayers that the embargo will soon be lifted.”
 - Pope Benedict XVI

“So how can there be talk of lifting the Gaza siege and relieving the distress of its people, while Hamas concentrates all its efforts on recruiting and providing for its thousands of fighters. It is clear that Hamas’ priority is to look after its militants, at the expense of Gaza’s people and their suffering!”
- Tariq Alhomayed, Asharq Al-Awsat

 

On Flotilla Incident (2010)

“This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies, it is about breaking Israel’s siege.”
    - Greta Berlin, Flotilla Spokesperson

"We are going to resist [the Israelis] and resistance will win."
- Bulent Yildrim, IHH Leader

"They [the Israelis] are going to have to forcefully stop us."
- Huwaida Arraf, Flotlla Organizer

"This incident was the result of an intentional provocation of forces which support Iran and its terrorist enclave, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip...This is a clear case of self-defense. Israel cannot allow the free flow of weapons, rockets and missiles to the terrorist base of Hamas in Gaza.... It's also a clear case of self-defense because as our soldiers were inspecting these ships, they were attacked - they were almost lynched. They were attacked with clubs, with knives, perhaps with live gunfire, and they had to defend themselves - they were going to be killed. Israel will not allow its soldiers to be lynched and neither would any other self-respecting country...It is our duty to defend the citizens of Israel, protect Israel’s cities and ensure the security of the State of Israel - and we will continue to do so."
 - Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

"It is important that we keep in mind that Israel has a right to ensure the security of its borders and protect its citizens from terror."
- US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

"I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and use the means necessary to ensure their nation’s security. The deliberate attempt to break the blockade around Gaza is a reminder that Israelis live with the daily threats of rockets and terror attacks."
- US Representative Patrick Tiberi (R-OH)

"Upon landing on the middle deck, I fractured my arm, and a mob of dozens of people attacked me and basically lynched me. (The assailants were) pulling off my helmet, strangling me, sticking fingers into my eyes to gouge them out of their sockets, pulling my limbs in every direction, striking me in an extremely harsh manner with clubs and metal rods, mostly on my head. I truly felt that I was about to die, way beyond what we define as life-threatening ... No regular citizen knows how to fight at night with a vest and gas mask for an extended period of time, to take a weapon, cock it, and fire without fear when engaging someone in a fight, unless he was properly trained ahead of time."
- IDF Commando "No. 1", Testimony to Turkel Committee

"I feel a number of people grabbing my hands and feet, lifting me up. In this second I realize that they intend to throw me over the side into the water. I resist, thrust wildly, struggle, but without success. It is important to state that also during this time I continue to receive very strong blows to the abdomen. I am fighting with all my strength until a certain stage when they manage to get me over the side of the boat. I am holding onto the side, with my hands, and hanging from the side. At this stage, the people from above me are hitting my hands and a second group of people is pulling me from below by grabbing my legs."
- IDF Commando "No. 3", Testimony to Turkel Committee

"Let it be emphasized that Gaza is open to the entry of all types of goods and products. Any organization wishing to transfer products to Gaza can do so through the existing border crossings. There is no need for any flotillas, which in fact comprise a provocation and have no connection to humanitarian aid."
- Main Message, Turkel Commission Report on Gaza Flotilla

 

On Operation "Cast Lead" (2008-2009)

“During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”
Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

“The [Goldstone] mandate was unbalanced, one-sided and unacceptable… The weight of the report is something like 85% oriented towards very specific and harsh condemnation and conclusions related to Israel and very lightly treats without great specificity Hamas’ terrorism and its own atrocities.”
- Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations

“They [Hamas terrorists] dropped their weapons and ordered me to get them out, to put them in the ambulance and take them away. I refused, because if the IDF sees me doing this I am finished, I cannot pick up any more wounded people. And then one of the fighters picked up a gun and held it to my head, to force me. I still refused, and then they allowed me to leave.”
- Mohammed Shriteh, Palestinian Red Crescent Society

“Inside Gaza, press controlled by Hamas is heavy-handed. There are few press freedoms inside Gaza and Hamas controls who reports from there and where they can go. While pictures of wounded children being brought to hospitals are clearly encouraged, we rarely see images of Hamas fighters or their rockets being fired into Israel."
Anderson Cooper, CNN Reporter

“Under international law, Israel is not required to allow Hamas to play Russian roulette with its children's lives.”
- Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University Professor of Law

“At this time we have to also recall the overwhelming responsibility of Hamas. I intentionally say this here - Hamas is a terrorist movement and it has to be denounced as such.”
- Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid

 

On Operation Summer Rain (2006)

“When Cpl. Gilad Shalit was abducted by the military wing of Mr. Haniyeh's Hamas movement last weekend, his administration faced a choice. It could behave like a civilized government — and work to free the hostage — or align itself with a terrorist operation. It chose the latter. Hamas government officials endorsed the militants' demand that Israel release Palestinian prisoners it has legally arrested in exchange for a soldier who was attacked while guarding Israeli territory. Hamas justified this position by citing the terrorist movement Hezbollah, which has extracted prisoners from Israel in exchange for hostages, as well as governments that exchange POWs in wartime. Fair enough. But if Hamas wants to be equated with Hezbollah or define itself as at war with Israel, then Israel has every right to try to destroy the Islamic movement's military capacity, to capture its leaders...and to topple its government. Isn't that what happens in war?”
- Editorial, Washington Post (July 1, 2006)

“Hamas faced its first concrete choice this week between its ambition to govern the West Bank and Gaza and its extremist commitment to terrorism -- and it chose to side with the suicide bombers. The sickening Passover attack at a Tel Aviv restaurant Monday, which killed nine Israelis and injured dozens, was carried out by Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed extremist group that refuses to observe the shaky cease-fire Hamas has followed for more than a year. Yet, though the attack violated its own policy and undermined its interests, several of Hamas's spokesmen quickly defended it. The result was to put the Palestinian government on record as an outlaw and to raise dangerously the chances of a major new outbreak of Middle East violence.”
- Editorial, Washington Post (April 19, 2006)

 

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Human Rights

In Israel

“Israel plans to invest significant amounts in infrastructure that will increase the accessibility of holy sites to all worshippers. By doing so it aims to honor and allow freedom of worship to all, irrespective of their faith, and protect the holy sites. There is no violation of Muslim or Christian religious rights in any holy place.”
- Shimon Peres, Israeli President

“I cannot argue with feelings. I can tell you that we want to work together with the Jewish majority for the betterment of all of Israel. Religiously, politically and socially, we want to remain part of the State of Israel.”
- Sheikh Hasham Abed Elrahman, Umm el-Fahm Mayor

 

In Palestinian Territories

“[Palestinian ambulance drivers] would coordinate with the Israelis before we pick up patients, because they have all our names, and our IDs, so they would not shoot at us.”
- Mohammed Shriteh, Palestinian Red Crescent Society

“I expect our Christian neighbors to understand the new Hamas rule means real changes. They must be ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza.”
- Sheik Abu Saqer, Jihadia Salafiya Leader

“Inside Gaza, press controlled by Hamas is heavy-handed. There are few press freedoms inside Gaza and Hamas controls who reports from there and where they can go. While pictures of wounded children being brought to hospitals are clearly encouraged, we rarely see images of Hamas fighters or their rockets being fired into Israel.”
- Anderson Cooper, CNN Reporter

“We were filming the beginning of the demonstration. Suddenly, a van pulled in hurriedly. Inside, there were Fatah militants. They gave their orders and even distributed Molotov cocktails. We were filming. But these images, you will never see. In a few seconds, all those youngsters surrounded us, threatened us, and then took us away to the police station. There, we identified ourselves but we were compelled to delete the controversial pictures. The Palestinian Police calmed the situation but censored our pictures. We now have the proof that those riots are no longer spontaneous. All the orders came from the Palestinian hierarchy.””
- Jean Pierre Martin, Belgian Television RTL-TV1 Reporter

“We fear the Palestinian Authority takes advantage of the focus of international media on the American riposte to restrain more and more the right to free information”
- Robert Menard, Reporters Without Frontiers

 

General

“The conflict we're trying to solve is between two peoples.... The basis for the creation of the State of Israel is that it was created for the Jewish people. [The Palestinian] state will be the answer to all Palestinians including the refugees. Putting an end to [right of return] claims means fulfilling [the] national right for all.”
 - Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister

“I would love to be involved in a useful conference that addressed continuing issues of racism and discrimination around the globe... [Durban II though] is hypocritical and counterproductive”
- Barack Obama, U.S. President

“I wish Israel did not need defensive weapons of mass destruction or the region’s most powerful defense forces. I wish the world had not driven the Jewish State into allocating its limited resources away from its universities and toward its military, but survival must come first, and Israel’s military strength is the key to its survival. Anyone who believes that survival can be assured by moral superiority alone must remember the Warsaw Ghetto and the Treblinka gas chambers.”
- Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University Professor of Law

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Iran

"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you on this threat posed by Iran."
- Donald Trump, U.S. President

"We were here long before the Ayatollahs took the Iranian people hostage, and we'll be here long after their regime is a footnote of history."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

"That [Iranian nuclear] program must be stopped. The danger or letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it."
- Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain

“The leaked [diplomatic cables] show that the entire world, not just Israel, is panicked over the Iranian nuclear program. Iran poses the greatest clear and present danger to the stability of the world, and the world has to act to remove this malignant tumor.”
- Steve Plocker, Yediot Ahronoth

“[Iran] is an octopus whose tentacles reach out insidiously to manipulate, foment, and undermine the best laid plan of regional moderates… Iran’s tentacles include its allies Qatar and Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian territories.”
- Jordanian Officials to US State Department, WikiLeaks

"You have a President of Iran that threatens to wipe a democracy, and one of America's strongest allies on the planet, wipe it from the planet. Now if that isn't a wake up call to the rest of the world, I dont know what is?"
- Shelley Berkley, US Representative (D-NV)

“We are absolutely clear that we are ready, and will push for, further sanctions against Iran....We will work through the United Nations to achieve this. We are prepared also to have tougher European sanctions. We want to make it clear that we do not support the nuclear ambitions of that country.”
Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister

“Iran is trying to acquire a nuclear bomb. I say to the French, it’s unacceptable.”
- Nicolas Sarkozy, French President

"[Ahmadinejad] is a racist and a Holocaust denier who doesn't conceal his intention to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“Whoever still needed indisputable proof that Iran continues to send weapons to terror organizations got it today in a clear and unequivocal manner. Iran sends these weapons to terror organizations in order to hit Israeli cities and kill civilians.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister on siezure of the Francop ship laden with rockets and ammunition

“But the true realism is that Iran is a menace — potentially a great one — and that its Revolutionary Guard is engaged in the dirty business of killing Americans and others. The fact that the Bush administration says so does not make it otherwise. The Senate's resolution [to label the al-Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization] was a necessary step toward tightening sanctions on Iran — a way to avoid war, not the overture to one.”
- Richard Cohen, Washington Post

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Israel

On Democracy

"In accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations, the State of Israel is a Jewish state. In accordance with the basic principles on which it was established, the State of Israel is a democracy. There is no contradiction between Israel's character as a Jewish state and its character as a democracy. The existence of a Jewish state does not contravene democratic values, nor does it in any way infringe on the principle of freedom or the principle of civic equality."
- "The Kinneret Agreement", The Committee for National Responsibility

"It is not wise or right to say that the [loyalty oath] proposal is fascist or anti-democratic. It is not.... A law may be an indication of an undesirable process, but the labels of 'antidemocratic' and 'fascist' are not helpful."
- Ruth Gavison, Hebrew University

"We expect anyone wishing to become an Israeli citizen to recognize Israel as the Jewish nation state and a democratic state... The State of Israel was not established as 'just another state'- it was founded as the sovereign state of the Jewish people in their historic homeland; and as a democratic nation, whose citizens, Jews and non-Jews, enjoy full civil equality."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“The Israeli regime is not Apartheid. It is a unique case of Democracy.”
- Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African Interior Minister

 

On Peace Initiatives

"I said that we are willing and we want to promote the peace process with the Palestinians. I have said that the first two components of this peace process are mutual recognition and security. If I may quote myself from upon this platform, I have said numerous times that we need real security arrangements. Not only because they sustain peace, but also because they ensure our security in the event that peace unravels"
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

"We left Lebanon, Hezbollah came in. We left Gaza... and Iran walked in. We need to have some safeguards that we do not repeat this a third time, becuase obviously the security of the nation is at stake, and the security of our people, the security of peace, is at stake.... The conclusion of a formal peace doesn't guarantee the continuation of that peace. But the security arrangements that are there they help buttress the peace and they also protect us in case peace unravels, in case Iran walks in or tries to walk in.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister (on keeping an Israeli presence in the West Bank's Jordan Valley)

"I remind you that the peace between Israel and Egypt has endured for over three decades and our goal is to ensure that these relations continue."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

"We need to understand that Israel's security is sometimes more important than political agreements. We must not fool ourselves, and better face reality as it is – not in a naïve manner."
- Yaakov Amidror, former director IDF Research & Assessment Division (in reference to Egypt's 2011 revolution)

"We are not trying to establish facts on the ground through settlements and we are willing to pay a heavy price in terms of territory for peace. We do not want to control the Palestinians or to dictate their lives. We do not want our children, as soldiers, to stand at checkpoints and screen civilians, and we do not want your children’s childhood pictures to be our children, as soldiers, putting their parents through a security check. We have no hidden agenda. Not so long ago, we decided on disengagement. We left Gaza, we dismantled settlements, we withdrew our army, we took risks with the understanding that Gaza will not be the last step. We want to take the next steps through agreement.It is clear to us that in order to carry out change, we will have to give up parts of Israel."
- Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister

“An armed organization [Hamas] doesn't become democratic once they participate in the election.”
- Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister

"Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its ‘right to exist.’ Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement....There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favor, or a negotiable concession.”
- Abba Eban, Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security

"If we lose a war, that's the end forever--and we disappear from the earth. If one fails to understand this, then one fails to understand obstinacy. We intend to remain alive. Our neighbors want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise."
Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister (New York Times, December 9, 1978)

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Jerusalem

"We understand that the Western Wall must be under Jewish sovereignty, but the Temple Mount is ours."
- Jibril Rajoub, PA Deputy Secretary-General, Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2017

"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 Foreign Affairs Spokesman

"No democratic government would impose a ban on Jews purchasing private property… Just as Arabs can buy property in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Jews can buy property in predominantly Arab neighborhoods."
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

"Israel plans to invest significant amounts in infrastructure that will increase the accessibility of holy sites to all worshippers. By doing so it aims to honor and allow freedom of worship to all, irrespective of their faith, and protect the holy sites. There is no violation of Muslim or Christian religious rights in any holy place."
- Shimon Peres, Israeli President

"At the Camp David summit, the Palestinian leadership rejected an Israeli proposal to share sovereignty [over Jerusalem]. We continue to reject this offer. We cannot compromise on Jerusalem."
- Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President

"[Israel is digging under the Temple Mount in order to] show a fabricated heritage that might help them to deceive foreign visitors into believing Jerusalem as a historical place of the Jews."
- Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, al-Aqsa Foundation Director

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Peace Process

“I expect the international community to sharply and unequivocally condemn this murder, the murder of children ... There is no justification and there can be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the murder of children ... This requires [more than] unequivocal condemnation. This requires a halt to the [Palestinian] incitement. I demand that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that is conducted on a daily basis in their schools, mosques and the media under their control. The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been and still remain the only way forward to resolve the longstanding conflict in our region. Therefore, the resolution before [the Security Council] should never have been submitted. Instead the international community and the Security Council should have called upon the Palestinian leadership - in a clear and resolute voice - to immediately return to the negotiating table without preconditions and to renew direct negotiations.”
- Meron Reuben, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

“Israelis and Palestinians have many differences between them. But there is only one way to resolve those differences - a negotiated settlement, not through unilateral steps.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“There is no substitute for face-to-face discussion and, ultimately, for an agreement that leads to a just and lasting peace That is the only path that will lead to the fulfillment of the Palestinian national aspirations and the necessary outcome of two states for two peoples.... Nor is it viable to build the institutions of a future state without the negotiations that will ultimately create it.”
- Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

“It's easy enough for global leaders to issue flowery appeals for action on the Middle East or to imply that progress would be possible if only the United States used its leverage with Israel. The stubborn reality is that there can be no movement toward peace until a Palestinian leadership appears that is ready to accept a two-state soluiton.”
- Editorial, Washington Post

“The economic track is not a substitute for political negotiations, it’s a complement to it...If we have a strong Israeli-Palestinian economic relationship, that’s a strong foundation for peace.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“I share with [President Obama] very much the desire to move the peace process forward. And I want to start peace negotiations with the Palestinians immediately.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“We are not trying to establish facts on the ground through settlements and we are willing to pay a heavy price in terms of territory for peace. We do not want to control the Palestinians or to dictate their lives. We do not want our children, as soldiers, to stand at checkpoints and screen civilians, and we do not want your children’s childhood pictures to be our children, as soldiers, putting their parents through a security check. We have no hidden agenda. Not so long ago, we decided on disengagement. We left Gaza, we dismantled settlements, we withdrew our army, we took risks with the understanding that Gaza will not be the last step. We want to take the next steps through agreement.It is clear to us that in order to carry out change, we will have to give up parts of Israel.”
Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister

“Please be assured of my solidarity with you [the Palestinians] in the immense work of rebuilding which now lies ahead and my prayers that the embargo will soon be lifted.”
- Pope Benedict XVI

“The 'Jewish state.' What is a 'Jewish state?' We call it, the 'State of Israel'. You can call yourselves whatever you want. But I will not accept it.”
- Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President

“I cannot argue with feelings. I can tell you that we want to work together with the Jewish majority for the betterment of all of Israel. Religiously, politically and socially, we want to remain part of the State of Israel.”
- Sheikh Hasham Abed Elrahman, Umm el-Fahm Mayor

“Today, the Palestinian people live in economic stagnation, made worse by official corruption. A Palestinian state will require a vibrant economy, where honest enterprise is encouraged by honest government....If Palestinians embrace democracy, confront corruption and firmly reject terror, they can count on American support for the creation of a provisional state of Palestine.”
- George W. Bush, U.S. President

“The conflict we're trying to solve is between two peoples.... The basis for the creation of the State of Israel is that it was created for the Jewish people. [The Palestinian] state will be the answer to all Palestinians including the refugees. Putting an end to [right of return] claims means fulfilling [the] national right for all.”
- Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister

“[The US and Israel] share the same goals and we face the same threats. The common goal is peace. Everybody in Israel, as in the United States, wants peace.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“I extend my hand in peace to Mahmoud Abbas, elected President of the Palestinian Authority. On behalf of the State of Israel, we are willing to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority.”
- Ehud Olmert, Israeli Prime Minister

“Palestine means Palestine in its entirety - from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River, from Ras Al-Naqura to Rafah. We cannot give up a single inch of it. Therefore, we will not recognize the Israeli enemy's [right] to a single inch.”
- Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas Co-Founder

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Lebanon

On Hezbollah

“Hezbollah are liars; they are despicable. They said they would never turn their arms on the Lebanese, but they have.”
- Nawal al-Meouchi, Lebanese Citizen

“Hizballah’s consistent pattern of intentionally placing its fighters and weapons among civilians shows that Hezbollah was well aware of the civilian casualties that would ensue [from this activity.]"
- Intelligence and Terrorism Center at the Israeli Center for Special Studies

“To the south, along the curve of the coast, Hezbollah is launching Katyushas, but I’m loath to say too much about them. The 'Party of God' has a copy of every journalist’s passport, and they’ve already hassled a number of us and threatened one.”
- Christopher Albritton, Time Magazine

 

On Second Lebanon War (2006)

“The criticism that Israeli attacks aimed at Hezbollah are disproportionate is lazy and facile in several ways, especially in implying a moral relativism between the two sides that does not exist. This is not the contest between misguided equals that many in the West seem to see. One is the region’s lone democracy, which for much of its existence has faced a very real existential threat and would like, if possible, to live in peace with its neighbours. The other is a terrorist organization, bent on preventing such a future.”
- Editorial, London Times

“Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime.”
- Kenneth Roth, 'Human Rights Watch' Director

“A careful look at aerial satellite photos of the areas targeted by Israel in Beirut shows that certain specific buildings housing Hezbollah command centers in the city’s southern suburbs have been singled out. Most of the rest of Beirut, apart from strategic sites such as airport runways used to ferry Hezbollah weapons in and out of Lebanon, has been left pretty much untouched.”
- Tom Gross, National Pos

“There is no doubt that the [Israeli] bombs there are hitting Hezbollah facilities.”
- Nic Robertson, CNN

"It’s strange how the focus in these missions is not to succeed, hit the target precisely, but rather – not to make any mistakes. The message is clear all the way from the Squadron commander to the last pilot. One mistake can jeopardize the whole war... Hitting the target is expected, no misses are acceptable."
- Israeli Air Force Pilot

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Media & Academic

“[Professors must] resist the allure of certitude, the temptation to use the podium as an ideological platform, to indoctrinate a captive audience, to play favorites with the like-minded, and silence the others.”
- Lee Bollinger, University of Columbia President

“Apartheid' is used in this case ['Israel Apartheid Week'] and elsewhere because it comes easily to hand: it is a lazy label for the complexities of the Middle East conflict. It is also used because, if it can be made to stick, then Israel can be made to appear to be as vile as was apartheid South Africa and seeking its destruction can be presented to the world as an equally moral cause.”
- Benjamin Pogrund, South African Apartheid Opponent

“We were filming the beginning of the demonstration. Suddenly, a van pulled in hurriedly. Inside, there were Fatah militants. They gave their orders and even distributed Molotov cocktails. We were filming. But these images, you will never see. In a few seconds, all those youngsters surrounded us, threatened us, and then took us away to the police station. There, we identified ourselves but we were compelled to delete the controversial pictures. The Palestinian Police calmed the situation but censored our pictures. We now have the proof that those riots are no longer spontaneous. All the orders came from the Palestinian hierarchy.”
- Jean Pierre Martin, Belgian Television RTL-TV1 Reporter

“No newspaper would write, ‘Militants struck the World Trade Center yesterday,’ or say, ‘They may think of themselves as freedom fighters, and who are we to judge, we’re news people.’”
- Clifford May, Middle East Information Network

“The calculated bombing of students in a university cafeteria, or of families gathered in an ice cream parlor, cries out to be called what it is….I wanted to avoid the political meaning that comes with ‘terrorism,’ but I couldn’t pretend that the word had no usage at all in plain English.”
- James Bennet, New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief

“By my own estimate, over 95 percent of the TV pictures going out on satellite every evening to the various foreign and Israeli channels are supplied by Palestinian film crews. The two principle agencies in the video news market, APTN and Reuters TV, run a whole network of Palestinian stringers, freelancers and fixers all over the territories to provide instant footage of the events. These crews obviously identify emotionally and politically with the intifada and, in the ‘best’ case, they simply don’t dare film anything that could embarrass the Palestinian Authority. So the cameras are angled to show a tainted view of the Israeli army’s actions, never focus on the Palestinian gunmen and diligently produce a very specific kind of close-up of the situation on the ground.”
- Ehud Ya'ari, Jerusalem Report

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Middle East Policy

Egypt

“The only people in Egypt who are committed to peace are the people in Mubarak’s inner circle, and if the next president is not one of them, we are going to be in trouble.”
- Eli Shaked, former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt

“I remind you that the peace between Israel and Egypt has endured for over three decades and our goal is to ensure that these relations continue.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“It is one of Egypt’s legitimate rights to place a barrier that prevents the harm from the tunnels under Rafah, which are used to smuggle drugs and other (contraband) that threaten Egypt’s stability. Those who oppose building this wall are violating the commands of Islamic Law.”
- Islamic Research Council, Al-Azhar University in Egypt

 

Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia is active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader... Saudi Arabis supports our enemies and attacks our allies.”
- Laurent Murawiec, RAND Corporation

“If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off the funding [to terrorists] from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia.”
- Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorist & Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury

“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
- US State Department Cable, WikiLeaks

 

United States

“Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who 'lost' Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.”
- Aluf Benn, Haaretz Chief Diplomatic Correspondant

“I think it's absolutely clear to say, number one, that its been American policy for many years that settlements were illegitimate and it is the continuing goal and highest priority of the Obama administration to keep working toward a two-state solution with both Israelis and Palestinians.”
 - Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State

“Today, the Palestinian people live in economic stagnation, made worse by official corruption. A Palestinian state will require a vibrant economy, where honest enterprise is encouraged by honest government....If Palestinians embrace democracy, confront corruption and firmly reject terror, they can count on American support for the creation of a provisional state of Palestine.”
- George W. Bush, US President

“The US will not have diplomatic relations [with Hamas]...We do not believe that a democratic state can be built when parties or candidates seek power not through the ballot box but through terrorist activity.”
- Frederick L. Jones II, US National Security Council Spokesperson

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On the Palestinian Authority

“The major difficulty is that the Palestinians don't accept Israel's right to exist.”
- Tony Blair, British Prime Minister

“The responsibility for this escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rests with the Palestinians who have yet again turned their backs on peace. Rather than take the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza as an opportunity to build a future for their children, they instead refused to relinquish their embrace of a culture of hate and death.”
- Editorial, Chicago Sun Times

“I expect the international community to sharply and unequivocally condemn this murder, the murder of children ... There is no justification and there can be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the murder of children ... This requires [more than] unequivocal condemnation. This requires a halt to the [Palestinian] incitement. I demand that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that is conducted on a daily basis in their schools, mosques and the media under their control. The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.”
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“Palestinians need to understand that the exercise of self-government carries consequences. For too long, the international community has failed to extract a price for the Palestinian recourse to terror. That failure has not brought peace, but far worse it has produced the "Palestine" we have now: destitute, savage against both Israelis and moderate Arabs, and, so far, incapable of managing its internal affairs peacefully and competently. By refusing to render Hamas respectable, the U.S. and Israel aren't punishing the Palestinians. They're educating them.”
Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“We fear the Palestinian Authority takes advantage of the focus of international media on the American riposte to restrain more and more the right to free information”
Robert Menard, Reporters Without Frontiers

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Settlements

“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 & Warren Rudman, US Senators/Leaders of Middle East Fact-Finding Mission (2000)

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Terrorism

“Allah says (in the Quran): 'And drive them out from wherever they have driven you out.' How do the linguists interpret the word 'from'? The Quran talks about driving you out 'from where they have driven you out.' From where did the Jews drives us out? From within the 1967 borders or the 1948 borders? From within the 1948 borders. So you should drive them out from within the 1948 borders, like they drove you out. Hence, removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle, because it appears in the Book of Allah.”
Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar

“The use of suicide bombing is entirely unacceptable. Nothing can justify this.”
Olara Otunnu, Under Secretary-General- UN Special Representative for the protection of children in armed conflict

“There are no words to adequately condemn the despicable attack in Tel Aviv. Not only because it is contrary to the interests of the Palestinian people...[but] because of the philosophy that is behind it....A racist philosophy that is based on the cruel principle of killing Jews because they are Jews.”
Nazir Majali, Haaretz

“The attacks against civilians by Palestinian armed groups are widespread, systematic and in pursuit of an explicit policy to attack civilians. They therefore constitute crimes against humanity under international law.”
"Without Distinction", Amnesty International

“We have the right to practice all forms of national struggle. We are in the phase of national liberation and we have the right to use all means in the fight to end the occupation until we establish the state.”
Azzam Al-Ahmad, Senior Fatah Leader

“There is no clear profile of someone who hates Israel and the Jewish people. They come in every shape and from every culture. Demonstrators, rioters and stone throwers do tend to be younger, unmarried males. But there’s a big difference between the young men who participate in those types of disturbances and terrorists.”
Aryeh Amit, former Jerusalem District Police Chief

“Economic conditions and education are largely unrelated to participation in, and support for, terrorism.”
National Bureau of Economic Research

“Not only was the intifada a failure, but we are a total failure. We achieved nothing in 50 years of struggle; we've achieved only our survival.”
  - Zakariya Zubeidi, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Leader

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United Nations

“It is deeply troubling that UNESCO allowed itself to be manipulated by ignoring Jewish and Islamic tradition and buying into the new Palestinian claim from 1996 that Rachel’s Tomb should be named for Muhammad’s slave, Bilal ibn Ribah, who was buried in Damascus..”
Dore Gold, Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN

“The attempt to separate the nation of Israel from its cultural heritage is absurd... If the places where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish nation- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Rachel- are buried some 4,000 years ago, are not part of the Jewish heritage, then what is? It is unfortunate that an organization that was established with the goal of promoting the cultural preservation of historical sites around the world, is attempting to uproot the connection between the nation of Israel and its cultural heritage..”
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

“Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been and still remain the only way forward to resolve the longstanding conflict in our region. Therefore, the resolution before [the Security Council] should never have been submitted. Instead the international community and the Security Council should have called upon the Palestinian leadership - in a clear and resolute voice - to immediately return to the negotiating table without preconditions and to renew direct negotiations..”
Meron Reuben, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

“I would love to be involved in a useful conference that addressed continuing issues of racism and discrimination around the globe... [Durban II though] is hypocritical and counterproductive.”
Barack Obama, U.S. President

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