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"Palestinians caged up like animals." - Chuck Hagel

"Palestinians have no wealth or power." - Noam Chomsky

"They used to say Palestinians fight like heroes, now they say heroes fight like Palestinians" - Norman Finkelstein

"Israelis must be encouraged to defeat the Palestinians." - Daniel Pipes

"Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." - Abba Eban

"Everything you do with Palestinians in Israel someone will criticize." - Eran Kolirin

"The Palestinians are beasts walking on two legs." - Menachem Begin

"It's for the Palestinians to decide who will lead them." - Ami Ayalon

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." - Golda Meir

"It's not good for Israel to govern millions of Palestinians." - Elliott Abrams

"What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of Europe." - Russell Means

"We need to deter the Palestinians in any way we can." - Samantha Power

"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." - Nelson Mandela

"The Palestinians cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves" - Joan Rivers

"Everybody is somebody's Jew. And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis." - Primo Levi

"The Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to be." - Daniel Pipes

"But all my people, the Palestinians and the Arabs, wish me long life and freedom." - Abu Abbas

"(The Palestinians) would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." - Yitzhak Shamir

"Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist," - Barack Obama

"The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more." - Ehud Barak

"The problem is the Palestinians don't recognize the legitimacy of Israel." - Ruth Wisse

"Palestinians were religious in many ways, but they did not subscribe to political Islam, historically." - Hanan Ashrawi

"The Israelis haven't done anything to the Palestinians. They treated them with flowers and roses." - Cenk Uygur

"The people of Israel will have to be convinced that the Palestinians are ready for peace." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"People of goodwill who support the Palestinians resent being falsely accused of being anti-Semites." - Brian Klug

"Gaza has 1.2 million Palestinians living in crowded places and the resistance will be strong." - Ahmed Yassin

"I know that many in Europe are unhappy with their governments' policies toward the Palestinians." - Ismail Haniyeh

"There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason." - Alice Walker

"Israelis would mostly breathe a sigh of relief if Palestinians were to disappear." - Noam Chomsky

"There's no preventative measure between the Palestinians, between those terrorists to the state of Israel." - Silvan Shalom

"The Palestinians will never, never implement their commitment to dismantle their infrastructure of terrorist organizations." - Silvan Shalom

"Even the pyramids might one day disappear, but not the Palestinians longing for their homeland." - Eduard Shevardnadze

"Yes, Israel's our ally. But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No, they are not." - Brent Scowcroft

"The way for the Palestinians to get a state is to go ahead and build it." - Elliott Abrams

"There cannot be peace in the Middle East without giving Palestinians their full rights." - Mohammed Morsi

"Egyptians are always and will always be supportive of their Palestinian brothers, all Palestinians." - Mohammed Morsi

"You're going to end up with a government in Egypt that is concerned about the precious Palestinians, the same way we ought to be concerned about both precious Palestinians and precious Jews." - Cornel West

"No matter how Palestinians resist, they are shot, beaten, arrested, tortured, bombed, segregated, and collectively punished. The problem isn't the mode of Palestinian resistance, it is the existence of Palestinians on their land that Israel takes issue with." - Remi Kanazi

"You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation - to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians." - Ariel Sharon

"We are quite convinced, and we say this to the Palestinians, that violence is not going to solve the problem of Israel and the Middle East. We say that to the Israelis. We say it to the Palestinians." - Thabo Mbeki

"It's possible a Palestinian state will be installed over the heads of the Palestinians. It could be part of an agreement between the Israeli government and moderate Arab states, but not one between Israel and the Palestinians." - Amos Oz

"I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement. With determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal." - Donald Trump

"You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation - to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians. -May 26, 2003 CNN" - Ariel Sharon

"It seems Palestinians can't win. The language of peace negotiations has always been predicated on a representation that Palestinians are violent and that is why Israel behaves as it does." - Randa Abdelfattah

"By focusing once and for all on helping the Palestinians build a free society, I have no doubt that an historic compromise between Israelis and Palestinians can be reached and that peace can prevail." - Natan Sharansky

"Desperate men do desperate things when you take hope away. And that's where the Palestinians are today." - Chuck Hagel

"The Arabs of the land of Israel [ Palestinians] have only one functionleft to them - to run away." - David Ben-Gurion

"Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish." - Mitt Romney

"If the Palestinians took up arms, went into Israel and killed all the Jews, it'd be alright" - Professor Griff

"I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel's accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields." - Jeremy Bowen

"Palestinians are not victims in need of aid, they are an occupied & oppressed people in need of freedom." - Remi Kanazi

"I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel's accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields." - Jeremy Bowen

"The people who live on the land - Israelis and Palestinians - have a right to live in security and peace." - Noam Chomsky

"Certainly, until there is justice for the Palestinians, there will never be any kind of stability in the Middle East." - John Pilger

"We are completely in bed with the Israelis to the detriment of the wellbeing of the Palestinians." - Jimmy Carter

"The project to settle Palestinians here will be never be approved during my tenure regardless of the price." - Emile Lahoud

"If you are asking for my point of view, I would say that the Palestinians should go back to Palestine." - Hassan Nasrallah

"The Palestinians are a despotic, undemocratic grouping which promotes a religious war against Israel, a democracy, through terror." - Melanie Phillips

"Other than the bombs they strap to their chests, Ive got no idea what makes the Palestinians tick." - Dennis Miller

"I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots." - Muammar Algaddafi

"The security and the future of Jordan is hand-in-hand with the future of the Palestinians and the Israelis." - Abdallah Ii Of Jordan

"The U.S. and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them, for years. Robbing them and slaughtering them." - Bobby Fischer

"There's no deep bench there, Mahmoud Abbas is, I think, the best leader of the Palestinians we could field." - Jane Harman

"The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate." - Noam Chomsky

"The security and the future of Jordan is hand-in-hand with the future of the Palestinians and the Israelis." - Abdallah II

"I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"If the Palestinians do their part, we shall do our part and we shall have an agreement." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"We believe that we should come to an agreement with the Palestinians. But we need two to tango." - Silvan Shalom

"Arab states continue to send the Palestinians gifts of extravagant rhetoric and countless Arab League resolutions - but not much cash." - Elliott Abrams

"The liberals in my neighbourhood wouldn't give away Brentwood to the Palestinians, but they want to give away Tel Aviv." - David Mamet

"The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people," - Moshe Ya'alon

"You need a visualization of the outside obstacle and what can be better than a wall. For the Palestinians it means a division from each other, because the wall didn't separate Palestinians from Israelis, it separated them from themselves. This is the reality, and the wall is a kind of jail to the Palestinians." - Hany Abu-Assad

"Palestinians have been banned since forever. And nobody - and it's an unhuman act, and it's a - for me, it's a crime issue. So, nobody has punished Israel ever since they were banning Palestinians. And so, Israel right now feels the power that they can just move on with it, and now they are trying to ban other people that are not Palestinians." - Tamer Nafar

"All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they're not Palestinians. There is no 'Palestinian.' This is Israeli land." - Rick Santorum

"Why should these Palestinians, who have lived in Jerusalem for hundreds of years, be evicted from their homes so that Jews from Brooklyn can live in them?" - Norman Finkelstein

"Most of the Palestinians don't understand what they're doing.Politically, people can say what they want. The problem is not political, but religious." - Shimon Peres

"I'm telling Palestinians, "Don't use violence." We're going to use the civilized means of international law to achieve our goals, our independence, our freedom." - Saeb Erekat

"The American obliviousness towards the suffering of Palestinians refugees plays a major part in radicalizing people. And we are fanning the flames of puritanism." - Khaled Abou El Fadl

"Martyrdom operations - suicide bombings - should be exported outside Palestine. I encourage Palestinians to take suicide bombings worldwide. Don't be shy about it." - Hassan Nasrallah

"Israel and the Palestinians must resolve their own differences. The United States can play an important role as facilitator and guarantor." - Alan Dershowitz

"We have no solution... You [Palestinians] shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever wishes may leave, and we will see where this process leads." - Moshe Dayan

"We must do everything to insure they [the Palestinians] never do return.... The old will die and the young will forget." - David Ben-Gurion

"I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me." - River Phoenix

"By merely foreswearing violence and taking advantage of their unique position contiguous with the world's most creative people, the Palestinians could be rich and happy." - George Gilder

"It's called peaceful coexistence, Santangelo. You should try it and if it works we may sell the idea to the Israelis and Palestinians" - Melina Marchetta

"I ca' on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me." - River Phoenix

"If I were president, I'd be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations. There's no downside to it." - Jimmy Carter

"By merely foreswearing violence and taking advantage of their unique position contiguous with the world's most creative people, the Palestinians could be rich and happy." - George Gilder

"It's utterly hypocritical for Israelis to wonder aloud why Palestinians don't pursue a non-violent strategy. One obvious reason is that, whenever they have, Israel brutally represses it." - Norman Finkelstein

"I think America has to do more than be a broker now. Because both the Palestinians are weak and Israel is very weak." - Brent Scowcroft

"Donald Trump has no sympathy with underdogs. They, including the Palestinians, are just "losers." So he will bring words and action together as Netanyahu wishes." - Lawrence Davidson

"Israel has obviously not liberated the Palestinians in Gaza or the West Bank. We have occupied them, but we have not liberated them." - Amos Oz

"Israel is the American watchdog in the Middle East, and that's why the Palestinians remain victims of one of the longest military occupations." - John Pilger

"If somebody here in America is against war crime and against stealing lands from Palestinians by Jews, he's already not allowed into Israel." - Udi Aloni

"Many of the Israelis begin to understand and discover the realities and the facts. They can't demolish five million Palestinians. They can't annihilate them." - Yasser Arafat

"I like Palestinians in the morning when they come and we talk but in the evening, who knows, maybe they don't know that I'm nice." - Michal Rovner

"The real reason we haven't had peace is because of a persistent refusal of the Palestinians to recognize a Jewish state in any border." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"I don't think there's going to be peace as long as Israel is occupying land that belongs to the Palestinians, to Lebanon and to Syria." - Jimmy Carter

"I don't think the Palestinians are in this position they're in, divided with Hamas and the P.A., unwilling to allow - or recognize Israel as a Jewish state." - David Brooks

"Donald Trump agreed with Hillary Clinton supporting John Kerry. He agreed with Hillary Clinton on being - quote - "neutral" between Israel and the Palestinians." - Ted Cruz

"Everyone fights with their abilities - the Israelis have helicopters and rockets and the Palestinians have nothing but themselves and some very primitive home-made explosives." - Lea Tsemel

"Another Palestinian Mass Murder Attack... An attempted kidnapping and mass murder attack by Palestinian terrorists - killing civilians in cold blood... Two Israeli civilians and seven Palestinians were killed..." - Charles Foster Johnson

"In the long term, Israel's security rests on only one pillar: the Palestinians' acceptance of the country. It isn't the atom bomb that makes Israel secure." - Daniel Barenboim

"Israel's strategy cannot be to constantly confront the Palestinians with the history of the Holocaust, but instead to show them that Israel is a reality." - Daniel Barenboim

"Iran stands behind a substantial number of terrorist actions against us, together with Hizballah and the Islamic Jihad. It pretends to care for the Palestinians." - Moshe Katsav

"For a good chunk of Israelis, it doesn't matter who is in power when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians. Their focus was more on economic issues." - Jonathan Katz

"What Kuwait did to the Palestinian people is worse than what has been done by Israel to Palestinians in the occupied territories." - Yasser Arafat

"Every time an Arab leader truly wanted peace, they got it. If the Palestinians truly want peace, we will make peace." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"I believe that in the long run, separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." - Yitzhak Rabin

"The Israelis have suffered a great deal, we must condemn suicide bombers, and we must never say that the plight of the Palestinians justifies this terrible thing." - George Carey

"And the Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and to cover-up the crimes of Israel." - David Duke

"There is nothing that I'd love to do more than negotiate with Palestinians. This is my desire. This is my dream. This is my mission." - Ehud Olmert

"Palestinians have had to live for a long time with the fact that Israelis had power over them in their everyday lives." - Barton Gellman

"The burden of proof is now on the Palestinians... They must fight terrorism and dismantle its infrastructures in order to make possible progress on the roadmap." - Kjell Magne Bondevik

"As long as the Palestinians send terrorists onto school buses and to nightclubs to blow up people, Israel has no choice but to build the fence." - Charles Schumer

"It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palestinians, to strengthen our ties with the nation of Israel." - Rick Perry

"I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me." - River Phoenix

"The United States is for a two-state solution. The United States wants to see the Israelis and Palestinians come together." - Bill Richardson

"I hope that France - and all of Europe - we would take an initiative for the year 2012 to be the year of peace between Israel and the Palestinians." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"As long as the Palestinians send terrorists onto school buses and to nightclubs to blow up people, Israel has no choice but to build the fence." - Chuck Schumer

"First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict." - Brent Scowcroft

"We would like to ease the life of the Palestinians. I prepared a new plan that we call a positive agenda." - Silvan Shalom

"The Palestinians are not willing to do anything, they're not willing to make the strategic decision to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorist organizations." - Silvan Shalom

"Arafat rejected the deal because, as a dictator who had directed all his energies toward strengthening the Palestinians hatred toward Israel, Arafat could not afford to make peace." - Natan Sharansky

"Terrorism exploded after the Camp David talks broke down in 2000 because the Palestinians' leader at the time, Yasser Arafat, supported it." - Elliott Abrams

"The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy." - Elliott Abrams

"It's necessary for Israelis and Palestinians to make the compromises that are required to get the direct talks back on track." - William Hague

"Arab youth are taught to wonder, 'Since the Holocaust was a European affair, why are the Palestinians being forced to pay for the creation of Israel?'" - Edgar Bronfman Sr

"Much of what has gone wrong in the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace is due to a lack of strong leadership, primarily among the Palestinians." - Edgar Bronfman Sr

"Maintaining control indefinitely over millions of Palestinians will inevitably lead to a demographic nightmare and cannot be sustained if Israel is to remain true to its founding principles." - Edgar Bronfman Sr

"A solution of two national states - a Jewish state, Israel; an Arab state, Palestine. The Palestinians are our closest neighbors. I believe they may become our closest friends." - Shimon Peres

"Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children." - Nelson Mandela

"Hey, here's a way to stop suicide bombings give the Palestinians a bunch of missile-firing Apache helicopters and let them and the Israelis go at each other head to head. Four billion dollars a year to Israel four billion dollars a year to the Palestinians they can just blow each other up and leave the rest of us the hell alone." - Michael Moore

"Palestinians need to stop the incitement. They need to stop that kind of activity. But at the same time, there is a need to see the broader conflict here and understand that there has to be some kind of ultimately negotiated political track that's going to resolve the difference between Palestinians and Israelis." - John F Kerry

"Five million Palestinians have not had a home for 60 years. It is amazing really: You have been paying reparations for the Holocaust for 60 years and will have to keep paying up for another 100 years. Why then is the fate of the Palestinians no issue here?" - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. . . Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist." - Barack Obama

"It is our responsibility as the stronger party [Israel], as the occupying power, to convince the Palestinians that they can achieve their basic national aims, their just national aspirations, without violence. Unfortunately, the behavior of the Sharon administration, and before this of the Barak administration, has shown the Palestinians the opposite: namely, that they will achieve nothing without violence." - Uri Avnery

"You must get Israelis to understand the feelings and the hopes and the traumas of the Palestinians. You have to get the Palestinians to understand why Israel is behaving the way it does: What is the legacy of the Holocaust, what are the fears of average Jewish people?" - Uri Avnery

"The international community...cannot simply call on Palestinians to abandon violence in the face of Israeli occupation and remain silent when the nonviolent activists are politically repressed. This only reinforces the idea that the use of force reigns supreme and that Palestinians have no choice but to accept hardships at the hands of their Israeli lords." - Yousef Munayyer

"I'm sure that there are many Israelis who dream of waking up one day to find the Palestinians gone. And there are many Palestinians who dream of going to bed at night and waking up the next morning to find the Israelis gone." - Daniel Barenboim

"The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that's all they have. The Israelis they've got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism." - Ted Turner

"Tens of thousands have been killed or wounded by the Israeli army since 1967. During 2006, the number of Palestinians killed reached 650. Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel - about 40% of the male population." - Ismail Haniyeh

"Palestinians don't really believe in a state of Israel. They, unlike a majority of Israelis, who have come to the conclusion that they can live with a two-state solution to be determined by the parties, the majority of Palestinians are still very reluctant, and they need to be pushed to get there." - Charles Schumer

"The right course is for the Palestinians and the Israelis to sit down at the table together. The Palestinians need to recognize that the course to the two-state solution is not through the United Nations or through the United States or through anyone else, but through a face to face series of negotiations with the Israelis." - Mitt Romney

"Palestinians don't really believe in a state of Israel. They, unlike a majority of Israelis, who have come to the conclusion that they can live with a two-state solution to be determined by the parties, the majority of Palestinians are still very reluctant, and they need to be pushed to get there." - Chuck Schumer

"I believe that peace with the Palestinians is most urgent - urgent than ever before. It is necessary. It is crucial. It is possible. A delay may worsen its chances. Israel and the Palestinians are, in my judgment, ripe today to restart the peace process." - Shimon Peres

"The Palestinians fight for their rights and their land using stones and catapults but the Israelis retaliate with disproportional and overwhelming power by using bullets and bombs thus killing so many innocent civilians" - Bernard Membe

"The instability in the region is not a result of Israel and the Palestinians. That was never the cause of this instability. Instead, the disfunctionality of many of these societies that have failed to modernize." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"Palestinian militancy has accomplished nothing but increasing the misery of the Palestinian people. If Palestinians instead turned more to huge Gandhi-style nonviolence resistance campaigns, the resulting videos would reverberate around the world and Palestine would achieve statehood and freedom." - Nicholas D Kristof

"...Jews must learn to say without excuse, without equivocation: despite our history and our powerlessness in the past, despite allthe injustices that we have endured-today, now, the Palestinians are the victims of oppression, and their oppressors are the Israelis." - Irena Klepfisz



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