"There will be no uprooting of the Jewish community in Hebron - not now, not tomorrow, and not ever, in any shape or form."
PM Binyamin Netanyahu (The Jerusalem Post, Nov 1)
"I don't believe that the people agree to what they [the government] are doing to this country, this nation and to itself ... I don't know what forces will act to stop this breakdown but I know that forces will rise, and in the not too distant future."
MK Shimon Peres (Ha'aretz, Oct 14)
"In the area known as the cradle of mankind, denying history can be as delusory as claiming victory whilc playing chess against oneself ... Since the days of King David, who used Hebron as a stepping-stone to conquering Jerusalem and taking over the kingdom, Hebron has been the gate to Jerusalem, the road to Jerusalem, the precedent for Jerusalem ... Anyone who expects that Yasser Arafat will settle for less in Jerusalem than he is already receiving in Hebron is being naive."
Israeli historian Mor Altshuler (The Jerusalem Post, November 11)
"At one time Israel was seen as dividing the Arabs. Now it is our turn to create divisions among the Israelis."
Unnamed senior Egyptian official (BBC, Oct 26).
"The attacks of the settlers expose the true faces of these scum who are inside Hebron ... there is no place for mutual existence of peace with the settlers, especially with those in Hebron, and anyone saying otherwise is lying."
Israeli Arab advisor to Arafat, Ahmed Tibi (Ha'aretz, Nov 5)
"While peace remains Syria's choice, this does not mean that Damascus totally rejects other possibilities."
Syrian government newspaper Al Ba'ath (Ha'aretz, Nov 1)
"If they destroy a [single] village no settlement will survive. There will be destruction and massacre, and great disaster will befall us and them...neither their tanks, nor their planes, nor their nuclear bombs nor their missiles will help them...they will not find time to laud their novice of a premier...or his charlatan ministers ..."
PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept 30 (Israeli & Global News)
"When we stopped the intifada we did not stop the jihad to establish Palestine with Jerusalem as our capital.... We know only one word: jihad, jihad, jihad ... We are in a conflict with the Zionist movement, the Balfour Declaration, and all imperialist activity."
Yasser Arafat, Daheisha refugee camp. (Yediot Ahronot, Oct 23)
"Are there no stones left in Hebron? Where are the stones and where are the mobs? Prepare yourselves for a struggle if the Israelis do not retreat from Hebron."
Arafat, in Hebron (Yediot Ahronot, Oct 23)

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