QUOTES TO NOTE:

"In the year of 1999, the establishment of the Palestinian State on Palestinian lands will be declared... we shall declare it upon the Palestinian lands, whether someone likes it or not..."

PLO Chief Yasser Arafat on February 12, 1998, at the opening ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the 1948 "Catastrophe" - Israel's rebirth.

"This meeting today demonstrates that we are one people, from the Galilee, the Triangle District [within Israel] and the Negev up to the Gaza strip... and the rest of the West Bank's districts... up to the core of our homeland and our people - Holy Jerusalem."

PA minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, speaking on the same occasion.

"Every day that the PLO demands more and more concessions from us and does not get a firm and clear negative response is a further desecration of the Name of the Living G-d of Israel. So too is every day that we fail to undo the tragic errors of giving anything to the PLO. Not only has peace not resulted from our cowardice, but we have enabled our enemies to inflict far greater pain upon us than they would ever have been able to do otherwise."

Gary Cooperberg, Dean of the Nir Yeshiva in Kiryat Arba, in an op-ed written February 10.

"Seven years ago, during the Gulf War, US President George Bush described Saddam as 'worse than Hitler'. Of course he exaggerated, but Saddam is certainly a 'little Hitler,' and should one day be tried as a war criminal. It is enough to examine his past deeds: Violating an agreement he himself signed, Saddam attacked Iran, beginning an eight-year war, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people; just like Hitler, he annexed a neighboring state and, like Hitler, he has used gas against civilians. How, then, can an agreement he signed be trusted?"

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens, writing in Yediot Ahronot on February 26
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