"On May 4, 1999, we will announce the independence of the Palestinian state, at which time the Palestinian Authority will forcefully open up our borders with Jordan and Egypt ... there will be violent confrontation and death, but this time on both sides … The Israelis [are] more numerous and better equipped... but the superiority of us Palestinians lies in the fact that we are willing to lay down our lives, whereas for them every death is a tragedy that society cannot bear."

-- PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Faisal Husseini (Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, Aug 27)

"We have no trust in him. Since we knew him he has been representing Israeli interests and trying to exert pressure on us."

-- Yasser Arafat, on US peace envoy Dennis Ross (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, London, Sept 10)

"Five years ago, Yitzhak Rabin brought peace to Israel."

-- Statement by organisers of a "Peace Now" rally in Tel Aviv (Sept 12), one day after the government issued a statement noting that terrorists had killed more people in Israel since the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords than in the 15 years before that.

"Jews will exist only under Palestinian rule."

-- Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (Ma'ariv, Sept 15)

"All Oslo's basic assumptions have failed to withstand the test of time: that European democracy would sweep across the Middle East; that Gaza would become the new Singapore; that Saddam Hussein was finished in 1991; that Arafat and the secular Arab states would join Israel in the fight against Iranian fundamentalism; that Arafat wanted to make peace and could deliver; that we would give them guns and territory and they would fight terror. The Middle East is only new in one sense: It is more dangerous than ever."

-- Uzi Landau, Likud Knesset member and outspoken opponent of the Oslo Accords (The Jerusalem Report, Sept 28)

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