Quotes About "Palestine"

Remember: Israel is bad! Its existence keeps reminding Muslims what a bunch of losers they are.
"There will be no peace until they will love their children more than they hate us."

-Golda Meir-
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎

~Benjamin Netanyahu~
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.

~Yasser Arafat~
"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."

~ Yasser Arafat ~
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism".

~ Zahir Muhse'in ~

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hamas aggression forces Israel to strike

Yes, it was time for Israel to act against the continuous rocket and missile attacks against a half million Israeli citizens. The Israelis who live in the southern towns of Sderot, Netiviot, and now Ashkelon, never know when another Hamas missile or rocket will land.

Everyone everywhere should be supporting Israel against Hamas, Hezbollah and Hamas' supporter and ally, Iran, who keep promising "to wipe Israel off the map." Why shouldn't Israel respond after 10,000 rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel since the 2005 withdrawal? Israel must act to protect her citizens in the south. There are legitimate rights of self defense on this planet; when someone lobs rockets at you, you have the right to defend yourself. The U.S. would retaliate if Mexico or Canada shot rockets and missiles over our borders.

Israel has learned "shock and awe" from our U.S. armed forces, and just like the U.S., Israel is trying to pinpoint bombings, known as "strategic maneuvers," to minimize civilian casualties.

The fanatical Hamas, which tore up the six-month, Egypt-brokered peace understanding, needs to be cut off at the source. That's what Israel is trying to do — destroy the infrastructure of the military might of Hamas, not to harm innocent civilians. However, Hamas clearly targets innocent Israeli civilians to promote fear and provoke a response.

This past weekend's offensive was exactly what Hamas wanted. By deliberately refusing to honor and abide by the understanding negotiated by Egypt, they caused a conflict that Israel did not seek.

Hamas ignited a rocket barrage into Israel on Christmas Day, thoroughly terrifying many Christians on their way to Bethlehem. Israel only responded. The goal for Israel is a new security environment that will mean her citizens don't have to live in fear, nor suffer nightmares and trauma.

Israel's pinpointed strikes have been effective, yet Hamas remains strong and lethal. I don't believe that most people here understand why it is in the interests of the Palestinian people for Hamas to shoot rockets and missiles into Israel: the result is that Israel eventually has to retaliate. Even Arab leaders have pointed at Hamas as the instigator, who doesn't care about its own or Israel's civilian population.

There is propaganda interest to highlight civilian injuries in Gaza. Watch the news: people are encouraging reporters to photograph and videotape injured and dying people.

Can you see that happening here? Why, our medics and EMS would send TV news crews scurrying out of the way so that the injured could get immediate treatment. I don't believe every news report from Gaza because it is to the advantage of Hamas to create worldwide sympathy as the underdog.

In the West Bank, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is reported to have begged Hamas to continue honoring the peace understanding before it expired. Under his leadership, Palestinians' lives have improved. Unemployment is down, tourism to Bethlehem is up, the quality of life is better.

Abbas is bringing in law and order to Hebron, Tulkarm and Jenin; he is doing everything possible to bring about nation-building. Iran supports Hamas. Iran that shakes its fists at the Western world, burning our flag along with Israel's flag. "Hamas members are trained, guided and funded by Iran," said Sallai Meridor, Israel ambassador to the U.S., in a press conference I attended electronically.

"The long-range missiles are made in Iran."

Israel has peace with Egypt and with Jordan, but neither of those countries wants Palestinians to come into their country.

"There has to be a new security environment for the Israeli people living in the south. A new reality must be created that will eliminate the terror," Mark Regev, media advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said to me and other members of the press in a conference call from Jerusalem Monday.

Israel has long wanted negotiations and talks with her neighbors, but like the U.S., Great Britain, and the U.N., Israel will not negotiate with a terrorist organization, i.e. Hamas and Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, al Qaida, and the Taliban. Just think: al Qaida and the Taliban are supporting Hamas. Does that tell you something?

Yes, it was time — time for Israel to respond with force, and time for everyone in the Arab world to wake up and accept the State of Israel as a sovereign nation and then work toward a higher standard of living for their own citizens. It is time to end this war against Israel and the Jews. I don't expect them to become Zionists — that's for me. But they need to face facts and spend their oil money and strength on bettering the lives of the Palestinians, not killing Israelis.

Leah F. Chase is a freelance journalist living in Charleston. She recently returned from her fourth trip to Israel this year.

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More Quotes About "Palestine"

"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".

- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".

- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -

"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".

- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -

Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".

"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".

- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -

"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".

- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -

"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".

- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -

"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".

- Count Constantine Fran├žois Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -

"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".

- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -

"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".

- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -

"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".

- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -

"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".

- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -

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