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Myths & Facts Quotes: Arab Rhetoric

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Arab League

"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"

— Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General

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

— Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General

"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."

— Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General

"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."

— Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General




Ismail Haniyeh (Hamas Prime Minister):

"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

"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.”

- 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."

Al-Aqsa TV, December 14, 2011

"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

"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

"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 Political Bureau):

"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 (Co-Founder):

"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

“The confrontation with the [Israeli] occupation will continue despite the talk about a tahdiyah [calm]...As far as Hamas is concerned, all options remain open.”

-- Osama Hamdan, Hamas Representative in Lebanon

“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

“The Hamas covenant itself is a standing incitement to genocide”

-- Honorable Irwin Cotler, Canadian Member of Parliament

"When enemies (the Jews) usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”

-- Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas




"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."

-- Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary General

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

-- Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary General

"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."

-- Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary Genera

"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."

-- Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary General



Iranian Government

Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Supreme Leader):

"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 (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

Hassan Rouhani (President-Elect):

"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 (Former 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

Gholam Ali Haddad Adel (2013 Presidential Candidate):

"We do not recognize the existence of the Zionist regime and, as Muslims, we cannot accept this injustice, which goes against all international law."

May 16, 2013





Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas (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 (Deputy Secretary General, Fatah Central Committee):

"[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