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Peace—More Questions than Answers

April 2, 2013
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“…Jews do not constitute a single nation with an identity of its own…” (Article 20)

  –Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Charter

“…complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.” (Article 12)

“Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.” (Article 17)
“The struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished, and Palestine is completely liberated.” (Article 19)

–Fatah Charter

From Their Leaders:

“There is no two-state solution … You know I’m reaching the conclusion that the Jews are the children of God, the only children of God and the Promised Land is being paid by God! I have started to believe this because nobody is stopping Israel building its messianic dream of Eretz Israel to the point I believe that maybe God is on their side. Maybe God is partial on this issue.”

–Manuel Hassassian , Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, speaking in Parliament

Speaking on the possible election of Netanyahu in Israel’s recent elections, “Abbas told them [his aides] frankly there are Palestinians who are now calling for the one-state solution, because they no longer see the two-state solution viable.”

–Mohammed Ishtayeh, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

“There is no place for you Jews among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed for annihilation.”

– Mahmoud Zahar, co-founder of Hamas, addressing Palestinian gathering

“…and we will never agree to giving the Zionist state one inch of the land of Palestine.”

–Yehya Musa, a senior Hamas official

From Their Textbooks:

“… the Nakba [catastrophe] that took place in 1948, when the Jews occupied Palestine and established their state on its land, and banished the Palestinian nation into exile and to neighboring states, after they tortured it, massacred, and stole its land, its homes and its holy sites.”

  –Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, Grade 12  

“Palestine's war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, destroyed more than 500 villages and cities, and established the so-called the State of Israel.”

  –Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, Grade 12

 

Peace in an Irrational Neighborhood?

Bombed out buildings in Azaz, during the Syrian civil war. “A short distance from here a terrible tragedy is unfolding. In Syria, the president is shooting his own people, the children of his country. On our border, in Lebanon, Nasrallah, wrapped in a cloak of religiosity, is pushing Lebanon into a bloody war. It is time to call Hezbollah what it really is—a murderous terror organization.

“The United States of America and other countries have already included Hezbollah in its list of terrorist organizations. Now, after it has been proved that Hezbollah was behind the terror attack in Bulgaria, on European soil, and murdered innocent civilians, and as reports increase of its involvement, along with Iran, in attacks in Cyprus and Nigeria, the time has come for every country in the world, and especially the European Union, to add Hezbollah to its list of terror organizations.”

–President Shimon Peres, speaking to the European Union

“This is the greatest mistake of history—to assume that people will behave rationally when they're fundamentally irrational when you give them the power of mass death. Iran is seeking the power of mass death, and it's enough to see what they're doing now to realize what they'll do then.”

–Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors

“…Hezbollah remains conspicuously absent from the European Union's list of recognized terrorist organizations. In fact, many states—including some in this hall—continue to classify Hezbollah as a charity. Not since Napoleon invaded Russia has the European continent seen such an astonishing lack of foresight…Make no mistake: Hezbollah's sole purpose—its raison d'etre—is to commit terrorist acts both inside and outside the Middle East. Calling Hezbollah a charity is like calling al Qaida an urban-planning organization because of its desire to level tall buildings.”

–Israeli Ambassador Prosor speaking at the UN Security Council

“There is talk that I should step down or announce I will not run for reelection. I won't do that and will reserve my right to push my candidacy. If I decide not to, I will nevertheless stay in Damascus. I have family, friends and country. I will serve my country and continue to work at my clinic even if I am not president.

The Syrian president discussed “the plot against Syria” claiming that the campaign is “not against the Salafi or the Islamists, it's against the Zionists and the United States.”
 

–Syrian President Assad meeting with Jordanian officials 

 

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Israel’s Hand Extended 

“I believe that a framework to peace (with the Palestinians) is what I outlined in my speech in Bar-Ilan University—two states for two peoples: a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.”

–Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking to presidents of major American Jewish organizations

“There is no other solution if we want peace but to enable the Palestinians to have a demilitarized state of their own.”

–President Shimon Peres, speaking with a delegation of US senators and congressmen

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