" Saddam will be back challenging the US and the UN. He may not even have the common courtesy to wait for a new President he can walk over."

A.M. Rosenthal, New York Times columnist (Nov 21, 1997)

"Experience shows that whenever there was a perception of American pressure on Israel, Arab attitudes in the peace process became more intransigent."

Israel's former ambassador to the US, Zalman Shoval (The Jerusalem Post, Dec 3)

"Our war with Israel and the Jews has not ended and will not end until the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire land of Palestine."

PA Legislative Council member Sa'adi Al-Karnaz (PA Television, Dec 2)

"A [Palestinian] state would give them a much greater capacity than they now have to facilitate terrorism against Israel, conduct anti-Israel diplomacy, assist or join enemy armed forces in the event of war, and destabilise local states (such as Jordan) that cooperate with Israel."

Douglas Feith, former US deputy assistant Secretary of Defence (Commentary, September 1997 edition)

"I am against toppling the government. I don't want to see the left return to power under any circumstances."

Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon, after press reports placed him in a Likud rebel faction (quoted by Uri Dan, Ma'ariv, Nov 20)

"Tourism brings harm, and not benefits, to Egypt. Tourism brings nothing but sex, drugs, alcohol and spies."

Mustafa Sayed, spokesmen for 65 Gama'a Islami militants on trial in Egypt for allegedly plotting assassinations of top officials. Sayed was commenting on the November massacre by Islamists of 60 tourists in Luxor (Al-Ahram Weekly, Dec 11-17)

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