Myths & Facts Quotes:

Peace Process

By Mitchell G. Bard

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"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, US 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 Netanyahi, 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, US 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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