"The murder of a chosen leader is not just a tragedy. It is a major cataclysm. It produces a primal, wrenching response, an earthquake of the soul. Every one of us was betrayed when [Yitzhak Rabin] was shot."

PM Binyamin Netanyahu, in a statement released on the second anniversary of Rabin's assassination, Nov 4, 1997.

"If Israel wants a cease-fire, it must withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza, remove the settlements and stop the attacks on our people and property A cease-fire does not mean a permanent peace."

--Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Oct 12)

"We insist that our nation remains united against all American and Israeli plots that attempt to create divisions among us and to cause us to fight one another ...We will not direct our animosity toward the Palestinian Authority. Our animosity is [directed at] one enemy, who occupied and stole our land and homeland and killed our children, women and elderly. The Palestinians are weak today, but they will be strong in the future. The Hamas will continue to fight against Israel until the end of the occupation of the Gaza strip, the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and all the lands where the Palestinians wish to build their state."

--Yassin (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Oct 20)

"I tell Jaffa, Haifa, Safed and Tel-Aviv today to prepare for an encounter with the holy warriors of jihad."

--Hamas official in Gaza, Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi (Israel Channel One news, Oct 23)

"The Qur'an repeatedly warns against the traps and plots of the 'people of the book' [Jews and Christians]. They relentlessly scheme [at] all times and places and this is what they do today and tomorrow against the Muslim camp"

Muslim imam Ismail Al-Nawadha, addressing Friday prayers at Al Aqsa mosque (PA radio, Oct 24).

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