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Last quote about Gaza strip

Mahmoud Abbas
This day is special because the Palestinian people are uniting behind the prisoners in their battle, their uprise against injustice. Today proves that, since 10 years, Gaza and the West Bank have united in one activity, today this has been achieved, which proves that the Palestinian people are united by struggle and resistance and are divided by politics.feedback
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NEW Apr 27 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Gaza strip. 229 people are quoted and you can read 377 citations of them about Gaza strip. Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Had been better informed.”.
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All quotes about Gaza strip

Ghassan Khatib

Hamas says it does not collect enough from the electricity bills because people in Gaza are poor. They believe the Palestinian Authority should pay part or most of the cost. The PA says that does not make sense, that Hamas is governing Gaza while the PA is paying for Gaza.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

I am following with great concern the tense situation in Gaza, where a new energy crisis is now unfolding. The authorities in Gaza must ensure that collection rates are improved and that revenue collected in Gaza is returned to the legitimate Palestinian authorities in order to keep fuel and electricity supply flowing.feedback

Ashraf al-Qidra

Should we have the proper medications and equipment, our doctors would be capable of handling the treatment of many patients. The ban not only worsens health conditions of those patients but some had actually died waiting.feedback

Jamila Alewa

The major difficulties are known, as they are mainly financial problems because of the siege. The poor financial conditions of families (means they) cannot take responsibility for their children who suffer from cerebral palsy or provide them with medical care such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy.feedback

Abdul-Latif Qanou

This is an unjust and non-national decision that aims at creating crises and tightening the grip on our people in the Gaza Strip.feedback

Yousif al-Mahmoud

Without this step, the government cannot pay the salaries of its employees.feedback

Rizq al-Haddad

This cut has worsened our situation. I don't know how I will get by until the end of the month. Shall I beg?feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obama should work on a cease-fire in Chicago as well as Gaza.feedback

Alon Eviatar

For five days have Hamas have been searching and they have not found any answers. But they cannot leave this issue without taking any action.feedback

Amos Yadlin

Hamas could decide that Fuqaha was assassinated by Israel and retaliate, and then we will retaliate to the retaliation and we could very quickly in another clash very quickly.feedback

Ibrahim Ad-Madhoun - Hamas

He was listed by the Israeli security bodies and his name was mentioned many times before but what is surprising is the way the assassination was conducted. It is the first time that Israel has operated in such way in the Gaza Strip.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

We have received no financial support from anyone. I buy the balls and I make the bats.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

They know the rules now and they need to practise the game more and more. They are now good at throwing the ball and at catching it.feedback

Iman Mughaier

All of us share the same goal. To participate and represent the name of Palestine outside and show that there are sports for the girls in Gaza.feedback

Arie Arnon - Aix Group

He wants a backdoor solution. The problem in Gaza is political, not technical.feedback

Fadel Abu Heen

They think tramadol will change the reality and will make them feel at peace. They want to lose awareness and any feeling of reality.feedback

Ahmed Al-Qidra

It is a problem but not a phenomenon. We suffer from it just as most countries all over the world. I urge young people ... to give up bad friends, otherwise they will be destroyed like me. I was a respected man who knew a loser friend and I became a loser myself.feedback

Taleb Al Qadi

We work in a way that goes with our reality and nature. All Palestinians are used to living according to reality.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

If we compare it with a year ago, the situation or the relationship is better but it is not yet what is needed. The needs of our people are great, their need to travel, pursue education or treatment, attend to their businesses and families abroad, and also the need for open trade with Egypt. Egyptian intelligence is restoring its relationship with Hamas in accordance with certain guidelines, chief amongst them being that Hamas does not become a major gateway for threats from Gaza targeting Egypt's national security.feedback

Tareq Fahmy

We've gotten to a point now with Hamas where we're working on a framework on which to build for the coming period, and this will be contingent upon controlling the borders and the crossing will be open routinely. We're thinking of direct trade and all this is pivotal for our brothers in Hamas and the Gaza Strip, but ... trust-building processes don't take place overnight.feedback

Mazen Abu Reyala

We live like rats. Should I wait until we get burned? Or should I wait to return home and see that my children burned themselves because they lit candles.feedback

Tareq Lubbad

If no substantial solutions are found the crisis will escalate and hours without power will increase.feedback

Adel al-Mashwakhi

There is no work, no crossings, no food, no water to drink and also there is no electricity. Enough Hamas. Enough, enough, enough. We want electricity, we want electricity, we want electricity.feedback

Andres Thomsen

To do that you need to have targeted investments in young people, in women who will enter the labour market.feedback

Andres Thomsen

It will be very hard to imagine that you can create the right conditions for (economic) growth that can accommodate this dramatic population increase.feedback

Naser Jeldha

We have applied for permits and if we get them I intend to travel with my family.feedback

Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

If we will leave them as they are, people from Daesh can recruit them easily. They can start operations from there easily. It (Gaza) can transform also as a launching pad for extremism and for terrorism ... That's why we need to put an end to this.feedback

Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

We believe this will be a step for having some relief for the people of Gaza. Forgetting Palestine – postponing it until later – will be much riskier.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas rejects the court's decision that divides the Palestinian people and will consult with other factions on how to confront it.feedback

Shimon Peres

Obviously we weren't interested in any wars. We don't consider the people of Gaza as our enemies. I know, I saw also the pictures which are coming from Gaza. They are terrible. But one that can stop them are the people themselves, are the people of Gaza, are the terrorists.feedback

Hisham Baker

Many fishermen have quit. And we are afraid many others may follow.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

Israel "will not relent until the U.N. and other aid organizations begin to track and follow every dollar that enters the Gaza Strip.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

We hold (Israel) responsible for the escalation in the Gaza Strip and we stress that its aggression will not succeed in breaking the will of our people and dictate terms to the resistance.feedback

Salah Al-Bardaweek - Hamas

The Palestinian people and the resistance can overcome all the obstacles made by the occupation.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

This is an important and hopeful signal for the stability of the region. The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts. It is a collective punishment for which there must accountability.feedback

Binali Yildirim

With this deal, our relations with Israel will be normalised. After the Mavi Marmara incident, the embargo which is currently in force in Gaza will be lifted on large scale. This has been achieved through Turkish leadership. The most important thing is Israel has apologised to us about the incident in 2010.feedback

Adham Abu Silmeyyeh

It's a pure act of piracy the Israeli navy has carried out against a ship sailing under a Netherlands flag, on a humanitarian mission in international waters. What happened is an act of terror and piracy against all rules of international law. It amounts to a war crime perpetrated by Israel against 13 international activists. We do not know anything about them so far because contact has been cut off since then.feedback

Peter Lerner

We suspect that the ... mortars that were fired at the soldiers at several locations (were) perhaps a result of Hamas identifying that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is closing in on its assets.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

We do not seek conflict, but if Hamas tries to provoke the State of Israel and disrupt the lives of residents of the Gaza periphery communities, it will be dealt a very strong blow.feedback

David Grossman

For example, you will find among the Hamas, people who say that they are for a 'houdnah.' A houdnah is an Arabic term for a long ceasefire that by the way they can break when it suits them. But I look for the far distance and I say OK, maybe if we have a houdnah with the Palestinians in Gaza, with the Hamas, for 10, 20, 25 years, maybe things will change also there.feedback

Eric Van Hove

This Caterpillar engine has interested me for a while now because it's a civilian engine, made for construction, but it's been used in warfare, in war zones since the Vietnam war. In Iraq and all the wars until now it's been used. And the piece in the Biennale, more specifically the D9T, which is one type of Caterpillar engine that is used in the West Bank and in Gaza.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The resistance factions are in a state of ongoing preparation underground, above ground, on land and sea. East of Gaza City, heroes are digging through rock and building tunnels, and to the west they are experimenting with rockets every day. The resistance continues on its path of liberation of the land.feedback

Isaac Herzog

What are the prime minister and defense minister waiting for? For terrorists to surface with guns drawn?feedback

Shai Cohen

We have something like eight or nine hundred trucks coming into Gaza on a daily basis and this number can be extended if needed and we are more than willing to enable Turkey to play that role. So the sea blockade is actually a non issue in our eyes, in our view. And I believe that we already are beyond this point of disagreement with the Turkish authorities.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's absolute commitment is to fight this evil, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. We have to calm spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism.feedback

Eyal Weizman

We are like architectural detectives. What we do is that we go into war zones, into situations where human rights were violated or war crimes were alleged to have taken place and we look at the traces that that violence leaves on buildings.feedback

Khader Adnan

And today they have made a mistake freeing me unusually early in the day, thinking that this would stifle Palestinian joy. It is a cowardly act by the occupier who is afraid of the joy and love that Palestinians have for their prisoners.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The real result a year after the war in Gaza is that it is hard to defeat Gaza, or defeat Hamas. This makes all the interested international parties maintain the truce. This makes us feel the spectre of war is far away from Gaza.feedback

Martin Lejeune

The real failure would be never to try and break and blockade on Gaza. The attempt to break the blockade is in itself a success.feedback

Aissa Boukanoun

The freedom Flotilla 3,did not succeed in breaking the blockade on Gaza. Participants on this boat said that they were not informed that they were only expected to escort Marianne. They feel deceived, because they left Marianne alone in its attempt to break the siege. Organisers say they are preparing for a Flotilla 4, in the autumn.feedback

Martin Lejeune

I was told that I am a journalist that is going to take part in a mission that is going to break the siege of Gaza. But (in) at the end we were just an escort boat and we even failed to escort Marianne because we did not reach Marianne before it was captured.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

They chose to come and protest in the State of Israel, the only real democratic state in the Middle East which is fighting against terrorists who deliberately fire at Israeli citizens and deliberately hide behind Palestinian civilians. Therefore, this flotilla is a demonstration of hypocrisy.feedback

Luis Carballo

The journey taken by the new flotilla has been similar to previous stops here in the Israeli port of Ashdod. Except this time, it occurred without violence. But the criticism is always the same: why does Israel insist on maintaining a blockade that harms the people of Gaza and not Hamas?feedback

Charlie Andreasson

It is very important to use non violence resistance to give them no excuse to use violence against us. If they are going to use violence towards us or against us to stop us on international waters THEY are breaking the law not us.feedback

Mary McGowan Davis

The attacks on homes and families, which led to a large number of family members dying together, when their homes were struck in the middle of the night, or as they were gathering for the Iftar meal – these attacks had particular consequences for children: around 550 children died last summer in Gaza, during the fighting.feedback

Ihab Bseiso

The Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah has been calling for a reshuffle of the government for the last few months, particularly after the war in Gaza, which really needed a reshuffle to expand the government to meet all the needs for the people, particularly our people in Gaza Strip after the Israeli war.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

This document is the Israeli occupation's attempt to exonerate itself from its crimes in Gaza, It's an Israeli attempt to control the international narrative in anticipation of the report that the (UN) Human Rights Council is issuing.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

If someone wants to know the truth he should read our report . Whoever wants a baseless, automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.feedback

Nabil Shurafa

Gaza was like a duty-free zone, with Egyptians coming to buy goods brought by merchants from Lebanon.feedback

Tal Schneider

We felt and we experienced a rise in the price of housing and goods in the last five, six years and that is all people talk about… Obviously we are eight months after a devastating war (in Gaza) so they do talk about security issues, but they hardly talk about the Iranian issue. That was a thing put on the agenda by the prime minister.feedback

Christopher Gunness

At 2.30 yesterday armed men forced their way into our warehouse, one of our warehouses in Gaza, and they took 25 plus blankets and over 400 food parcels. I condemn this in the strongest terms and demand that this be returned.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

It's no secret that the US declares Hamas a terrorist organisation, and that we have been troubled by the fact that Hamas did what they did in Gaza against legitimate Palestinian institutions, against the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian Authority. (But) We will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

The activists of the Mavi Marmara are determined to continue to put pressure. It seems that the Istanbul courthouse will be the scene of more Mavi Marmara demonstrations.feedback

Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu

This case is symbolic. It will show that despite the present structure of the United Nations and the international system, even Israelis who see themselves as above the law, cannot act arbitrarily and will be tried.feedback

Yigal Palmor

How can this be a trial if the so-called accused have not even been notified or informed that they are going to be accused or that there are going to be charges pressed against them, or what nature of the charges even is. One thing is certain, this is a trial taken right out of a Kafka novel.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

There was non-stop noise in front of the justice building during the hearing. Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against Israel, calling for justice.feedback

Abdullah Gul

Wait a minute. I must explain this important question. When Hamas carries out a terrorist attack, we condemn it. But don't forget what Israel has done in Gaza. They killed between 1,300 and 1,800 people ..this is something we can never accept. So if you are comparing Hamas and the PKK you are making a big mistake.feedback

Jimmy Carter

Last night I called about a checkpoint near Ramallah where people were being held up and it was immediately opened. I have Sharon's private number and during the day if anything arises I can call him.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

It is unacceptable for citizens on both sides to permanently live in fear of the next aerial attack.feedback

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

I'm deeply distressed that many Muslims have seen the drawings in the Danish newspaper as a defamation of the Prophet Mohammed. I know that this was not the intention of the newspaper, the newspaper has apologised for that and I do hope that we can find a solution.feedback

Mark Regev

Israel has accepted the extension of the ceasefire. All along we have been ready for an unconditional extension of the ceasefire. But the problem has been Hamas. They are the wild card. They have violated or rejected ten specific ceasefires and we saw that again last night.feedback

Azzam Ahmed

In the closing moments it was agreed to extend the ceasefire for for five more days. It will begin at midnight [local time] tonight and will end on Monday. Instead of 72 hours, it is 120 hours.feedback

Yasar Kutlay

According to Israel, during the Gaza flotilla episode, in one way or another, our organisation was said to use dirty tricks, dirty relationships.feedback

Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbours within internationally recognised borders.feedback

George W. Bush

At the same time, Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. This means that Israel must remove unauthorised posts and stop settlement expansion.feedback

Robert Serry

Much of Gaza's infrastructure has now been destroyed. The death and injury toll in Gaza continues to mount. Hamas rockets are now reaching 40 kilometres into Israel. Protection of civilians, the fabric of Gaza, the future of the peace process and regional stability are all trapped between the irresponsibility of Hamas rocket attacks and the excessiveness of Israel's response.feedback

Claudio Mairovich

In terms of security, nothing has changed. Our experience tells us that this ceasefire is like trying to start an engine that has been stopped for a long time. It takes some time. Ceasefires are generally broken, then a couple of hours or days pass… We're realistic about security and wait to see how the truce develops.feedback

Claudio Mairovich

These shelters were built some time ago. They are close to the bus stop where the children leave for school every morning. We've added more and more of these shelters. We need enough to protect 40 to 50 kids. Being this close to Gaza we just have seven seconds between hearing the alarm and a rocket landing in the kibbutz.feedback

Luis Carballo

Since 1949, this kibbutz just two kilometres from Gaza has seen a lot of wars – followed by ceasefires that are broken. It's almost always the same story. Experience reminds the kibbutz members that agreements on paper don't always match reality. This kibbutz, like all of them in this area, is staying on maximum alert.feedback

Ephraim Eitam

Maybe technically tomorrow there will be a majority and of course it's a very sad and dangerous day for the state of Israel but I'm sure that this government will not last long.feedback

Mark Regev

We don't want to see more rockets, we don't want to see any more terror tunnels. So we have to make sure that Hamas cannot rebuild its very formidable terrorist military machine. In the longer term of course we have to talk about demilitarising the Gaza Strip.feedback

Bassam al-Salhi

We are comfortable with the mediation of our Egyptian brothers and hope that this Egyptian position will lead to an Arab and international agreement, which in turn leads to actual international pressure on Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

That's right. It was the al Aqsa hospital, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. It's important because it serves at least five refugee camps, which is to say tens of thousands of people. Part of it was damaged, notably the operating room. I've been told that the survivors were gathered in the hall. Furthermore, it seems that mortar fire today has been falling around the hospital area again.feedback

Didier Burnod

The offensive has lasted for two weeks. Yesterday we talked about the great difficulties in Gaza's hospitals. Since one was hit by a bomb that's got worse.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Some people were trying to seek refuge in this building, after fleeing from areas considered to be more dangerous. But the line between risky zones and safe zones no longer makes sense for the inhabitants, who don't know anymore where to go to avoid death.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas, the Islamic resistance, welcomes the decision by the Turkish government to expel the Israeli ambassador, and considers this a natural reply to the attack against the volunteers on the flotilla, who were protesting against the blockade of Gaza.feedback

Jaffa Gate

The reticence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a massive attack against Hamas in Gaza is seen as a sign of weakness by parts of Israeli society. They say being cautious won't stop the missiles and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are going to celebrate the revolution that started to bring about the victory. This final victory will certainly come, and, God willing, we'll meet very soon in Gaza, glorious Gaza.feedback

Luis Carballo

Ariel Sharon's order to expel Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005 left an indelible scar here. Eight and a half years after these people were thrown out of their homes, they still remain in limbo.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

There is no doubt that what is happening in Gaza is a coup, an uprising against the law. We are well aware of the seriousness of the situation between Fatah and Hamas.feedback

Ahmad Matar

Our message to the world is that in spite of the destruction and the occupation in Gaza, we play over the ruins because people like to watch us play.feedback

Gordon Brown

We recognise that this ceasefire must mean that actions are taken against arms smuggling and arms trafficking. And we have written to you, Mr. Prime-Minister (Olmert) to say that we will do everything to help stop the supply of arms by land and by sea.feedback

Abu Ahmed

We in the military wing of Islamic Jihad will take action after this violation. We will take revenge in a way that the enemy will understand. We are not speaking about a ceasefire, we're speaking about defence. Our act will be as strong as the crime that took place today.feedback

John Bolton

The draft resolution before the Council was unbalanced. It placed demands on one side in the Middle East conflict but not the other. This draft resolution would have exacerbated tensions in the region and would have undermined our vision of two democratic states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.feedback

Ayman Daragmeh - Hamas

The current situation in Gaza requires an Arab and Palestinian stand. Statements condemning Hamas and holding it responsible don't help the Palestinian people and are inappropriate given the number of casualties.feedback

Shimon Peres

Let the Gazians decide their own destiny, their own situation. Any attempt by Israel to intervene there will put Israel in an impossible situation.feedback

Saeb Erekat

It's very alarming and very dangerous what's taking place in Gaza, these clashes and these fights… more than 22 dead. Gaza is gone down the drain and chaos and lawlessness and those who rule by the sword will know that the sword will always be the communication language.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

All the people here are in shock. But all tell us that a new ceasefire would solve nothing as they say the blockade that suffocates Gaza still wont be lifted.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

The rockets bound for Israel barely affect the hustle and bustle of this busy Gaza market. But people tell us that everyday life has been severely disrupted for a long time. Many believe that only weapons can change their fate, something international diplomacy has so far failed to do.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

At the same time that it is talking to world powers, at the same time that Iran is smiling and saying all kinds of honeyed words, that same Iran is sending lethal weaponry to terrorist organisations and it is doing so in a complex web of covert, worldwide operations.feedback

Peter Lemer

The M302 is its most advanced model can strike over 100 miles and, if they would have reached Gaza, ultimately that would have meant millions of Israelis under threat.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

It appears once again that Iran continues to be the biggest exporter of terrorism in the world.feedback

Danny Ayalon

Israel does not need any admonition from the international community. We keep our high standards on morality, and the fact that we took disciplinary action against very high and senior officers is just the proof.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Today we've sent a clear message to Hamas and to other terrorist organisations and if there is a need, the Israeli Defence Forces are prepared to widen the operation. We will continue to do everything to defend our citizens.feedback

Avital Leibovich

All the options are on the table, including the possibility of a ground operation, we have alerted some of our reserve units and we are considering our next steps currently. We are striking various targets from the air, targets of either caches of rockets, storage's of rockets, underground tunnels used to store rockets and other targets.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Israeli attacks are aimed at breaking Palestinian resistance and the will of the Palestinian people. They will not succeed. Resistance is capable of protecting the Palestinian people and of teaching the enemy a lesson so they will no longer commit this type of crime again.feedback

Robert Turner

For building material to be available we have to have the Palestinian Authority's national consensus government on the ground. We need to have them controlling the crossings, controlling the men in streets, that needs to happen before there will be any building material. Hopefully, in the Conference in Cairo, the donors will be generous on that, but I think there is a real concern that in the absence of any political solution, why rebuild?feedback

Alon Liel

I think Turkey and Israel can fight not because of Gaza or Lebanon, but over Cyprus. Arguments over the rights of gas and oil reserves, its shipping, demarcation of territorial waters may cause conflict. Both navies know each other, this may help to overcome crisis but it is possible for the two countries to enter into an armed conflict.feedback

George W. Bush

We talked about the Middle East and we are concerned about the violence we see in Gaza. We strongly urge the parties to work towards a two-state solution- we're looking forward to continuing to work on this issue.feedback

Saeb Erekat

I can't go deeply into the details of negotiations, but what must be constructed under the legitimacy of international law is clear and specific. A Palestinian state has no meaning without announcing East Jerusalem as its capital, and there is no Palestine without the Gaza strip as a part of it. Gaza means the Mediterranean and total incorporation. We are the same people. We cannot end this struggle without finding a solution for the refugee issue, referring to UN resolution 194.feedback

Ahmed Qureia

No doubt it's a very dangerous act that targets one of the Palestinian security leaders who has a history in this field. It's a real violation against the security of Palestinians. This morning we called all the security leaders that are in regular meetings, President Abbas, myself in the very early morning, together with the security leaders.feedback

Alan Johnston

The last 16 weeks of course are just the very worst you can imagine of my life. It was like being buried alive, really, removed from the world, and occasionally terrifying.feedback

Alan Johnston

We were in the hands of people who were dangerous and unpredictable, and always frightening because you didn't know when it might end.feedback

Paul Hirschson

I think that we should look forward and see how we can do two things. On the one hand how we can demilitarize de Gaza strip, and on the other hand how we can rebuild and bring a better life to the people of Gaza and the relationship between ourselves and them.feedback

Ehud Olmert

As a result of an incident which has not yet been thoroughly checked, seven family members were killed. We express our deep regret for this.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

The bombing is dictating how Ramadan will be marked this year in Gaza. Despite speculation, few doubt their prayers will be enough to silence the shelling for good. Whatever happens, the festival of Eid will be one of bitterness.feedback

Alex Guttman

A ceasefire this time, the second time or the third time, maybe, is like giving another bullet to someone that tried to kill you on the first time and missed.feedback

John Kerry

We still have terminology in the context of the framework to work through, but we are confident that we have a fundamental framework can, and will, ultimately work.feedback

Laurent Fabius

All of us want to achieve, as quickly as possible, a lasting negotiated ceasefire, which meets Israel's security needs and the needs of the Palestinians, in terms of economic and social development, and access to the Gaza territory.feedback

Zeinab al-Ghoneimi

It's a continuation of the culture of separation, under the guise of a ban on mixing. And according to the minister of education and those who brought in this rule it's beneficial for society.feedback

Waleed Mezher

We have had many discussions with teachers and education experts, and they all recommended this system which separates boys and girls from the age of nine in school.feedback

Karen Tzafati

We knew this was going to happen. We told the world, we told everybody, nobody wanted to listen, so it's not a surprise to us.feedback

Saeb Erekat

The focal point now should be the total cessation of Israeli hostilities and attacks against Gaza. Gaza is the most densely populated area on earth, 1.5 million people facing a dire human catastrophe. No running water, no electricity, no medical supplies and I believe the international community should do the decent thing and should shoulder the responsibility by stopping the Israeli attacks.feedback

Bernard Kouchner

We are really very anxious about the situation, about the people in Gaza. And we were in agreement, together with Madam Secretary of State to make [sic] pressure on both sides to open the crossing. The Gaza people, they need so called humanitarian assistance.feedback

Christopher Gunness

These are people who have taken shelter in a UN designated area. The warring parties, particularly the Israelis, were given the precise GPS coordinates. They knew exactly what was going on there, and in spite of that, this has happened.feedback

Yigal Palmor

Why is this fighting going on and why do we see the pictures that we see? I think there is a simple explanation that was provided by the EU foreign ministers in their statement a couple of days ago. Hamas is using its own civilians, Palestinian civilians as human shields.feedback

Moussa Abu Marzouk

We announce a ceasefire of our factions in the Gaza Strip and we stress that our demand is the withdrawal of the enemy forces from the Gaza Strip within a week, along with the opening of all the crossings for the entry of humanitarian aid, food and other essentials for the people of the Gaza Strip.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

President Abbas has exercised his lawful authority as president of the Palestinian Authority and as leader of the Palestinian people. I'd remind everyone, he was elected in 2005 by a large margin and we fully support him.feedback

Salam Az-Zaghal

He felt injustice and the hard reality in which we live, the lack of employment opportunities frustrates him, oppression compels a person to commit anything, and as you see we live in very difficult economic circumstances.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Israeli settlers have expressed anger in many areas of the West Bank. This is accompanied by the heavy tightening of security at the barriers and checkpoints which separate Palestinian cities and Israeli settlements to prevent any possible friction between the two sides.feedback

Miguel Angel Moratinos

The intention is to have a group of three Israeli personations, I think it's a good step because that gives it a sense of credibility and I think it's a good step.feedback

Beatrice Megevand Roggo - International Committee of the Red Cross

The worst impact of the closure is that the economy of Gaza has been completely destroyed. Actually Gaza does not have an economy any longer. People are surviving thanks to the external assistance that comes in.feedback

Richard Falk

The overall ratio of deaths: 1,434 on the Palestianan side, 13 on the Israeli side, is suggestive of the one sidedness of the military encounter and provides a basis for challenging the legality of initiating a military assault with modern weaponry against an essentially defenceless society.feedback

Amr Moussa - Arab League

This blockade which we are all here to confront must be lifted and must be broken and the Arab League's decision is very clear in this regard.feedback

Yossi Melman

If even friendly governments (to Israel) no longer defend Israel vis-à-vis its policy, or lack of policy, regarding the peace talks, the Palestinians, the peace talks with Syria, the siege of Gaza, the blockade of Gaza, then even Mossad is affected and cannot get away with what it has got away with in the past.feedback

Ismail Haniyah

We are also not against the return of Europeans to the Rafah crossing but we reject any Israeli presence there.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

There is no moral symmetry, there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the terrorist organisations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime: they fire at Israeli civilians and they hide behind Palestinian civilians – and by contrast Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The one-sided announcement by the Israeli occupation to end the fighting means nothing for us in Hamas. We are not asking for an end to the fighting but to the injustices inflicted on the Palestinians in Gaza.feedback

Egidia Beretta

Vittorio would always use the slogan 'Let's remain human.' He would say it even in the most difficult situations. When I used to ask him: 'How can you and how can we remain human?' he would reply 'Because in spite of everything, humanity must always be inside us and we have to bring it to others.feedback

Giorgio Marchi

I'm even more sorry because he was a volunteer who was certainly not there to fight wars but trying to find a new solution there. Unfortunately I think he was not the first and he will not be the last to meet this fate.feedback

Ihab Hussein

The Palestinian government condemns this ugly crime which does not reflect our morals and traditions. We will continue to pursue all members of this group, arrest them and implement the law against them.feedback

Christian Tomuschat

The fact-finding mission rejected the Israeli viewpoint that the entire governmental infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including the legislative council building, was a legitimate target.feedback

Aharon Leshno Yaar

Today we had another manifestation of how Israel cannot get a fair hearing in this Human Rights Council. There is no respect of human rights in our neighbourhood, in the Arab countries, but this is the Human Rights Council and I don't have any expectations from this council unfortunately.feedback

Reuven Rivlin

I am not so sure. We have learnt, and the experience of Israel shows, that after letting the Hamas people become a political movement, they gained the majority, and are ruling the streets of Gaza. People are saying that in the next election they will rule the places of Judea and Samaria, which means the West Bank.feedback

Mark Regev

From now on, all items, all goods can enter in the Gaza strip, except those, weapons and other military items, duel use items, that can be used by the Hamas military machine.feedback

Jamal Khoudari - Hamas

They will not make any change in the land without opening all the existing points between Gaza and Israel. Israel wants to send a message only to the world. Israel wants to talk only without doing anything on the land.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I emphasise the importance for the Israeli government to create a politically conducive atmosphere.feedback

Hamid Karzai

Today we, the Muslim world, especially the people of Afghanistan, remember the people of Palestine, in Gaza, who are suffering such brutality. They are being killed night and day.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The resistance has the right to defend itself. I think Israel is the only loser in all these criminal actions, because there are no reasons to carry out an attack against any Palestinian leader in Gaza while people are celebrating the release of prisoners.feedback

Ehud Olmert

I'm sure that you, just like me, are sending warm regards from here to the residents of Southern Israel, who will live with God's help and with the help of the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli security forces, and that rest will finally arrive.feedback

Christopher Gunness

It is virtually impossible to run or to do large scale planning for such a humanitarian operation. We feed more than 750,000 people in Gaza. The World Food Programme feeds over 200,000 people in Gaza. We do cash distributions to 94,000 people. To conduct an aid operation of this scale, given the drip drip drip, on and off policy of supplies into Gaza, it's become virtually impossible.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

I call on all the Palestinian factions and their military wings to remain on high alert, to take on the responsibility of defending the Palestinian people, and to target the Zionists deeply with fierce and severe attacks.feedback

Robert Turner

What happened today was completely unacceptable: the situation could very easily have resulted in serious injuries to UNRWA staff and to the demonstrators. This escalation, apparently pre-planned, was unwarranted and unprecedented.feedback

Ariel Sharon

I have no regrets. Even if I had known ahead of time the extent of the resistance, I would have done it anyway.feedback

Ranaan Gissin

I would say there is really overwhelming evidence to point out that this was not an Israeli shell that hit them but rather I would say explosives that were placed there or planted there by the Palestinians for other purposes. Again, (this is) the cynical use of the death of innocent civilians caused by the action taken by (the) Hamas government.feedback

Ahmad Habash

You know, when we talk about a love story and we are talking about a real person, we reach this sensitive issue. It's not maybe sensitive for any other culture but you know in Palestinian culture, in Gaza, in a refugee camp, it's not something forbidden or doesn't happen. It happens every day, but when you expose a real character, and you make an unreal love story to it this is going to be be a little bit sensitive.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

The ceasefire will end tomorrow, on the 19th, and there is no way back. The one who asked for a truce did not respect it. The Zionists destroyed it.feedback

Zeev Rotstein

We are not prophets. So we cannot see the future, but according to his situation and looking at the trend of deterioration, it doesn't give us good signs for the future.feedback

Isamel Saleh

They're closed and even though the salaries have arrived, they're refusing to give them to us. We ask them 'Why?! We want salaries just like you do.' They say, The agreement only happened yesterday. You will be paid next month.feedback

Avital Leibovitz

The decision was based on evidence that the soldier who is serving as a designated marksman deliberately targeted an individual walking with a group of people waving a white flag without being authorised or ordered to do so.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

My policy and instructions are clear: we will strike anybody that plans to strike us, tries to strike us or actually does hit us. The Israeli Army is dealing these terror organisations very heavy blows.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

Hamas has not taken any decision to escalate. It is trying to reach a truce, conditioned on the Israeli enemy halting aggression.feedback

Javier Solana

I think that everybody in Israel and Palestine will have to be aware of the difficulties of the moment. To maintain the calm will be the most beneficial for everybody.feedback

Salah Al-Bardawil - Hamas

Despite a difference in points of view and a difference in translating events, it should never lead to any form of violence, verbal or actual violence. So we regret these events and we hope they never get repeated.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

It is genocide committed by the Zionist regime. It is a catastrophe of history. Those who support the people responsible for these crimes must be condemned. The whole world, above all the Islamic world, must arm the Palestinians.feedback

Nidal Aljerbi

There were at least seven children playing. They were hit and died on the spot. Another three men were sat over there, they were also hit. The children were playing and were happy, enjoying festival of Eid, and they got hit.feedback

Mohammed Saad

If there is no power, there is no treatment. I will become breathless and unable to move. If the electricity goes down, what can we do. We belong to God and to him we shall return.feedback

Abu el Rish

Power is expected to go out completely, because what we have will only last a few days. That threatens a number of hospital departments, especially intensive care, dialysis, pediatrics and surgery all these are threatened with collapse.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Don't listen to the voices of the extremists that want a continuation of the occupation. You are looking for stability for your sons and grandsons. I hope [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon understands that it's not only Gaza – the West Bank is also still occupied.feedback

Ismail Haniyah

Don't accept to go in an other direction than Gaza. You must continue until your reach the goal for which you came.feedback

Eitan Yitzhak

We consider this attack here as yet another attempt to disrupt everyday life in Israel.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

As I have already said I don't want to talk about this issue, because it has nothing to do with what happens in Gaza.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

Let me correct you, the movement is not controlling, but we govern according to the results of the election and because the West's policy is against the development of the Islamic policy, it is described as controlling. We must govern in Gaza and in the West Bank and Jerusalem, because that is the results of the elections.feedback

Moshe Katzav

The release of the kidnapped soldiers is a top priority for Israel. There are contacts, there are sources involved he said and we hope very much the soldiers will return safe and sound.feedback

Desmond Swayne

Aid will not provide a future for Gaza. That has to be a political solution, political transformation. We don't want to be back here in another couple of years raising money to rebuild Gaza after it has been smashed to smithereens once again.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

The international efforts being made at the conference are clear, as well as the political dimensions to not only provide funds to the Gaza Strip, but to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.feedback

Ehab Bsaiso

We look forward to more international efforts, not only in financial terms but more political support for ending the blockade on the Gaza Strip, and also support the Palestinian national efforts to end the occupation.feedback

Avital Liebovitch

Since we have a maritime security blockade according to international law, we had to intercept them in order for them not to break this blockade. The interception was done quietly, peacefully. No one was hurt.feedback

Amjad al-Shawa

We worry a lot about what will happen to those people as they were attacked by five Israeli military boats in international waters.feedback

Catherine Ashton

We are ready to support in the opening of other land crossings for goods and people, recalibrating our mission, or developing a new one.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

On this tenth anniversary, Palestinians are counting on international justice to establish their state and hope to achieve the sort of reconciliation that would enable them to mark this occasion in the Gaza Strip.feedback

Nabil Shaath

Israeli interests over religion, security, water and territory are concentrated in the West Bank, not in Gaza. Sharon achieved that by the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, then separating it from the West Bank, geographically and by siege. This enabled the coup in Gaza in 2007, which led to additional separation: politically. During his rule, he imposed a blockade on President Yasser Arafat. He kept up his calls to get rid of Arafat. This confirms that he had a role in killing Arafat, and we are still looking at the conditions of the siege and investigating the murder of President Abu Ammar.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The death of Sharon after eight years of being in a coma is a sign from God and a lesson for tyrants. The departure of this criminal who killed our people and our leaders represents an historic moment for the Palestinian people.feedback

Daniel Hershkovitz

Israel hasn't changed its policy, and its policy is very clear. No ships will be allowed to arrive at Gaza, so if they want to transfer the humanitarian equipment to the people of Gaza they are welcome to do it through [the Israeli port of] Ashdod.feedback

Jacob Turkel

The commission concluded that the flotilla tried to break the maritime blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip. Therefore the Israeli forces acted legally in maintaining this blockade.feedback

Meir Sheetrit

Israel has the right to defend the security of our people and retalite. We are going to do it harder and harder as far as they continue shooting missiles over citizens of Israel.feedback

Ghassan Khatib

I think that the war on Gaza marginalised, to a certain extent, the public stand of the Palestinian Authority. This move to the United Nations seems to strengthen the internal stand of President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.feedback

Akram Shaqfa

I ran for cover in a school. We don't have bread so I've come here to buy some. The electricity is out, so we can't bake it at home. Our children are hungry and they have nothing else.feedback

Ayeh Mekel

Israel is applying pressure on the terrorist organisations in Gaza in order to put an end to the daily barrage of rockets against Israeli citizens.feedback

Shimon Peres

I think it is an important agreement because we are going to evacuate the Philadelphi line which is 14 kilometres long and will now serve as a frontier, division between Egypt and the Palestinians.feedback

Fauzi Barhoum

We condemn this type of violence. All the time we want to explain that we, in Hamas, are against this type of violence and this type of destruction.feedback

Hans-Gert Pöttering

We have to help the people of Gaza by opening the borders, while preventing Hamas from arming again.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

I am saying to my brothers that there is no military role for Palestinian resistance in Egypt: not in Sinai, not in Rafah, not in any other Arab country.feedback

Judy Clark

Our warehouses have been hit by some kind of explosives and have caught alight. The fire has spread from the workshops by the oil to the warehouses. We've lost all our food and medicine from the fire.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We will keep to the same path until we win one of two goals: victory or martyrdom.feedback

Alan Johnston

My captors have treated me very well. They have fed me well. There has been no violence towards me at all and I am in good health.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

After waiting for 15 months, the Turkish foreign ministry made the first move in the ongoing Flotilla crisis. It seems likely that Turkey will harden its stand if, as expected, Israel does not respond.feedback

Ilham al Attar

They just speak, look what happened to us, they don't care about us. Our sons are sick from the cold,look at the tents. Last night all the tents blew away in the the storm. All our children are sick.feedback

John Gatt-Rutter

The real challenge is to make sure, now that we have this agreement, that it is implemented in good faith. I don't think the agreement in itself is supposed to be an answer to all the issues that bedevil Gaza. The only durable solution that exists for Gaza is obviously a political one. A political one between Israel and Palestine, in terms of the peace process.feedback

Christopher Gunness

The time of humanitarian action alone has passed. We need political action, particularly from the Europeans and Americans. They know exactly which levers to pull – they need to be pulled, they need to be pulled urgently, because the humanitarian impact in Gaza is overwhelming.feedback

Abu Hani

This is the third time since 2000 that they have destroyed our land. If we don't finish the work before winter, farmers won't be able to work the land.feedback

Manal Hassan

Even if there is building material on the market, we need money, we need cash to buy it and to rebuild the factory and the building again. And we don't have the cash or the aid from any party to start to work and make the repairs.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Respecting human rights should be essential, but let's leave the report to the Human Rights Council to decide.feedback

Yigal Palmor

If the Goldstone report is adopted, this will present a clear danger to the continuation of the peace process.feedback

Yuval Steinitz

This Palestinian move is a hostile and extremely unfriendly step against Israel. It's not a step towards peace, it's a step towards war.feedback

Fouad Twal

All these sacrifices appear to be in vain, having changed nothing as regards the basic problem: the Israelis continue to live in fear and insecurity, while the Palestinians continue to demand their independence and freedom, and Gaza is waiting to be rebuilt for third time.feedback

Alexy Makhlof - UNESCO

I think the psychological trauma for the kids is very, very serious here in Gaza. It comes back and back so practically it repeats itself and it's an extremely sad story so recovery not only (about) the buildings but of the soul.feedback

Nabil Shaath

We feel that non-violence is the way forward to eventually reaching a solution that ends Israeli occupation. But, in the meantime, we cannot possibly in any way accept the Israeli retaliation policy against our civilians in Gaza, which amounts to collective punishment and a war crime.feedback

Moshe Rosenbaum

I can understand him, Abu Mazen, that he wants to do this. But it's a bad thing for us and also for the Palestinians because we never can agree to a Palestinian state here, because this is our small homeland. There is no place to an other state here. And if there were a Palestinian State, there will be war here all the time. Look what's going on in Gaza Strip.feedback

Mushir al-Masri - Hamas

Today, in this demonstration we are celebrating the successful operation that the al Qassam brigades carried out. This was a natural reaction to fend off the aggression of the Zionist enemy who intended to encircle the fighters. This emphasises the success of the resistance.feedback

Matan Vilnai

At first glance we saw some Katyusha rockets. And for us that's enough. And Katyusha rockets, as I mentioned before, are against the population, not against soldiers.feedback

Nabil El-Araby - Arab League

I wonder about the usefulness of the so-called peace process. It has become a process that does not bring peace. I also wonder about the reasons why the Quartet of the US, EU, UN and Russia continue to sponsor a peace process that does nothing.feedback

Barack Obama

There's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. We are actively working with all the parties in the region.feedback

Luis Carballo

When the batteries miss a rocket then this happens. This is part of the shrapnel from the second house to be hit by a Qassam rocket in this neighbourhood. The house is just 20 metres away from a school.feedback

Nabil Zaqut

Of course I support the truce, because war has a negative impact on us.feedback

Shimon Biton

After taking all these casualties we did not hit back hard enough to keep them quiet.feedback

Tzipi Livni

Only last week, Israel was attacked from the Gaza Strip and in a day about 80 missiles and mortars were fired against Israel's civilans. Enough is enough. The international community needs to understand that this is the translation of the right of Israel to defend itself, that there is not another alternative and we are doing what we need to do in order to defend our citizens.feedback

Greta Berlin

What Israel needs to understand is that nothing is accomplished with force, nothing is.feedback

Tzipi Livni

We ask the international community to give us more time to continue this work. Israel is in the front line, Israel needs to defend its citizens, this is what we are doing.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

There is no peace, there is no settlement, there is a mirage. This is farce, a political mascarade.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Huge diplomatic efforts are taking place in Cairo, but they're matched by many significant obstacles blocking a cease-fire agreement. The main challenges are the intransigence of both sides and the different influences of regional powers on the Gaza issue.feedback

Ofer Leffler

Ben Gurion airport is the safe[est] place on earth, it is the safe[est] place in Israel. Right now there are around 80 flights that [were] cancelled… to Israel. And we hope in the next few hours, the FAA is going to change their decision and they are going to fly back to Israel.feedback

Navi Pillay - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

It is imperative that Israel, Hamas and all Palestinian armed groups strictly abide by applicable norms of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. This entails applying the principle of distinction between civilians and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives; proportionality; and precautions in attack. Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes, and crimes against humanity.feedback

Saeb Erekat

The current ground effort is focused on what you might call a Qassam net, which is the territories, the areas, from which the Qassam rockets were launched towards Israel in the last couple of months.feedback

Saeb Erekat

The international community cannot continue just watching things as if nothing is happening. We're a people with no armies, no navies, no airforce, and we are an international responsibility.feedback

Ruchana Marton - Physicians for Human Rights

The Shabak (Israeli intelligence) uses the weakness, the helplessness of the Palestinian patients in Gaza to try to force them, to pressure them, to be collaborators.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We will reach President Bush's vision of establishing a Palestinian State side by side with Israel, living in peace and stability.feedback

Jane Hirschmann

I think they are using our captain as an example to try to prevent other captains from taking ships to Gaza from Greece. There has been enormous pressure put on Greece by both the Israeli government and the US government and that's why this case has become so politicised.feedback

Shimon Peres

If the people in Gaza want to live in peace, if the people in Gaza want to enjoy free passage, there is a simple thing they can do: stop shooting.feedback

Fraser Cameron

I think this attitude has changed. There was a certain mistrust of the EU a few years ago, but the EU has become, I think, more even-handed; it has demonstrated in monitoring the border crossing at Rafah between Egypt and Gaza that it is an objective force in the region, and I think Israel now does trust the EU to play a security role in the region.feedback

Maya Jacobs

What they are asking for is very expensive plots in the centre of Israel with a view to the ocean, the Mediterranean. They want plots that are worth 200,000 dollars each plus the money that they are supposed to receive as compensation.feedback

Zion Buskila

We've only managed to sign 60 contracts with settlers for the entire complex, . We've worked very hard to provide this, and we want them to come and look at these apartments again.feedback

Arik Harpaz

My government wants to give us hotels, but a hotel isn't a home. I don't want to go to a hotel, I want to go to my home.feedback

Abdel Bari Atwan

This generation, how they act in the future, either they will be traumatised and suffering from psychological problems, maybe handicapped psychologically or they will be very radical in the future and they could be the new generation of suicide bomber.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Your decision signals the will of the international community. It must be fully respected by all parties to this conflict.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

The United States thought it important to see the outcomes of the Egyptian mediation efforts in order to see what this resolution might have been supporting.feedback

Allegra Pacheco - United Nations

We received eyewitness testimonies that on Sunday the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) evacuated about 100 people to a home in Zeitun, south of Gaza City. The next day the house was shelled and at least 33 people were killed.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The report clearly shows that the blockade of Gaza is legal. It shows that the enforcement of that blockade last May was legal. And it shows that the Israeli soldiers who boarded the Maramra acted legally and in self defence.feedback

Robert Mardini

The question here is not to see who is respecting which rule of war and who is violating which other rule of war. We are facing a major humanitarian emergency. We are calling for the destruction to stop now and we are calling for the killing to stop now.feedback

Sara Badiei

This is the sixth time the plant has been hit and it is now out of service. This was supplying 30% of the electricity.feedback

Sara Badiei

They are not part of the conflict. They are needed for civilians. Hospitals need electricity but now they have to run on generators.feedback

Salam Fayyad

Preparedness and readiness for establishing the state are different from a state itself, that is another matter. The concept of an independent state with full sovereignty over the entire land occupied since 1967 in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and East Jerusalem, of course, requires ending the Israeli occupation. What we declared is the readiness and this is witnessed by the international community about a year ago.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

They have to admit unequivocally that the Palestine Liberation Organisation is the only legal representative of the Palestinian people, and with that we can have dialogue.feedback

Idith Zertal

After the 1967 war, the six-day war, the settlements were, I could say, almost kidnapped by the Zionist religious group or movement in Israel, in creating the settlements beyond the green line, beyond the international border.feedback

Idith Zertal

They became so-called one in this struggle, but deep down there are differeneces and most of the people of Gush Katif will go freely, will go without fighting, without violence.feedback

Steve Centanni

I just hope this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover this story because the Palestinian people are a very beautiful, kind-hearted and caring people that the world need to know more about, and so do not be discouraged.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We have made direct and indirect contact with the Hamas leaders to renew the truce with Israel, but they have refused. It has cost the lives of hundreds of Palestinians. If they had accepted we would have avoided these attacks.feedback

Ehud Olmert

The State of Israel yesterday started a military operation in the Gaza Strip in order to restore the normal lifestyle and quiet to the residents of the south who have been suffering many years of intensive shooting of rockets, mortars and terror activity.feedback

Fred Ponsard - Euronews

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has just been through one of its bloodiest episodes in Gaza. Your movie Ana Arabia sketches the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land. Filmmakers, writers.. Are they today the last bastions against nationalism and extremism?feedback

Husam Farahat

We should get out of this situation with dignity. There should be a complete lifting of the siege. We should get the same respect as any other people in the world, because what we are living is not a life.feedback

Hisham Kuhail

In the West Bank the percentage of those who are registered to vote is 77%. That's high compared to elsewhere in the world. Gaza has a smaller percentage since we haven't been able to update our registry since 2007.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Joining us from Jerusalem is the spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Force, Avichay Adraee. Israel has launched a major military operation against Gaza, why now?feedback

Avichay Adraee

After a week in which 130 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel and from the the start of the year 750 rockets have been launched. So we decided to go ahead with this operation with two objectives. To strike hard at the terrorist organisations in Gaza, to send a message to the terrorists that we will protect Israeli lives and that they will be prevented from attacking Israel whenever they want. The second objective is to create a secure environment for our citizens in the south.feedback

Avichay Adraee

The Israeli army is ready to follow all orders from our leaders and that includes a ground offensive and I promise you Hamas and other organisations in Gaza will pay a very high price, greater than the one they have already paid.feedback

Eva Yeshewitz

Every day we risk this kind of thing. The ambulance drivers, the medical staff – they're the ones who are paying the price with their lives to evacuate people when there are F-16s and surveillance planes and Apaches going around and shooting at people, killing civilians and terrorising the whole population. These people are heroes.feedback

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

If security conditions allow, and that's of paramount importance, obviously we'll consider bringing in more medical teams. That's at the heart of the crisis. It's crucial that injured civilians aren't just brought to hospital, I mean that ambulances can get to them, but that they can receive the necessary treatment when they arrive. At the moment people are dying for want of access to treatment.feedback

Leila Shahid

I really think this illustrates Mister Barak's comeback. His first aim is to cleanse the Israeli army's honour following the 2006 war with Lebanon, especially after the Vinograd report, and second he wants to boost his ratings ahead of February's election, and sadly you can see that he has grown in popularity since the launch of the Gaza offensive.feedback

Ehud Barak

Our aim is to force Hamas to stop its hostile activities against Israel and Israelis from Gaza and to bring about a significant change in the situation in the southern part of Israel.feedback

Ghazi Hamed - Hamas

We've sent some messages to many countries, to Arabic countries, to European countries in order to be involved but really until now we did not see that there are serious steps from these countries.feedback

Mark Regev

The purpose of the Israeli operation is defensive in that we are trying to protect our citizens. We have unfortunately had hundreds of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, 300 from Beit Hanoun alone. These rockets are aimed indiscriminately at our civilian population and it is our obligation to prevent such launches.feedback

Salah Abu Samhadana

We were informed about half an hour before the shelling took place. This tower has 11 floors and 32 families were living there. The minute we evacuated, the place was hit by a warning rocket and immediately after the fighter jets fired two rockets. The building collapsed completely, all families are now in the streets. God help us all.feedback

Saeb Erekat

The challenges are big. The Gaza Strip has 1.5 million people whose needs must be provided for – electricity, water, medical supplies, food supplies – all their needs must be provided and nobody … Israel should not use this as a pretext….in Gaza in order to shut borders, Rafah, and so on. The people in Gaza have suffered enough and they cannot suffer more.feedback

Mokhymar Abu Saada

Hamas will be affected negatively by these political developments in Egypt. Hamas is part of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation and Hamas had a very strong and cooperative relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and with Dr Morsi over the past year.feedback

Mahmoud Jarrad

I hope that people (in Gaza) aren't blamed for all the political problems inside Egypt, because this is the only exit out of Gaza. They know that we go to Egypt and come back without causing any problems. We shouldn't pay the price for what is going on there.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Once again ahead of elections in Israel, Gaza has become a target. Innocent civilians and innocent children are being killed viciously based on unsatisfactory, made-up excuses. Calling these illegitimate attacks self-defence is to encourage Israel to carry out further massacres.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres…in Gaza.feedback

Otniel Shneller

Israel would like to create peace but for this reason we have to go forward in our activities right now, military activities. Then the atmosphere will be ready to make a right decision on both sides.feedback

Nadim Ahmed

It was a humanitarian ship. It was in high sea. It was not in the limit of Israel. It was in high sea. They shot and killed people, and there was a mess up. They never gave us medical immediate aid. They brutally behaved. They handcuffed everybody. They never let them move to toilets. They never let them do anything, and even in the travel to Israel, the behaviour was worse.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

But the important thing to understand is the reason we have civilians killed is not because Israel targeted civilians but because Hamas is using civilians as human shields. We use missiles to protect our people. They use people to protect their missiles.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Israel, Hamas, Palestine, Egypt, Obama, the children's words speak of politics and war. It's hard to believe that this generation, with what they have gone through, will be able or willing to contribute to efforts for future peace in this region.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Well this morning we went to a very dangerous zone in the north of the Gaza Strip, and there we met a family whose home has been completely destroyed, and who are now sheltering at a neighbour's place. The despair is everywhere to see, stories of tragedy, they don't know where to go. They don't know what to do, how they should pray, and they're really waiting for the world to find a solution to this crisis, which has become too much to bear for the residents here in Gaza.feedback

Antoine Juillard - Euronews

You filmed images this morning that are very striking; can we talk about a humanitarian catastrophe, the words of a senior UN official today?feedback

Antoine Juillard - Euronews

From what you're saying about the families in Gaza you've met, do you sense they are reaching breaking point?feedback

Antoine Juillard - Euronews

Yes, with the empty streets, we can imagine people are taking cover, in whatever way they can.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Yes, tension is extremely high, and if you look at the streets in Gaza they are totally deserted. It's a ghost town. People are hiding, scared about the intensification of the bombing.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Yes, some are hiding in their houses, if they have not already been destroyed. Others are sheltering in stairwells in buildings they've managed to get to. Others are in UN shelters. But in any case, there is a real fear of bombardments that can come at any moment and hit any location.feedback

Sami Abu Suhri

Our presence here and the start of campaigning underline that the election will go ahead and that there is a national consensus that the election process should carry on right to the end.feedback

Amar Dawoud

70 or 80 people had moved to our house looking for sanctuary. They struck us.feedback

Fidel Helmer

One can assume the West will now impose new sanctions against Russia, and Russia will not accept that and will respond with counter sanctions. And that will hinder trade. And that is an intolerable condition for the markets.feedback

Mushir al-Masri - Hamas

The Palestinian people support resistance in the face of the Israeli threat, and any war on Gaza will open the gates of hell in the face of the occupiers. And the resistance (Hamas), will not sit by idly.feedback

Mark Regev

Hamas is a terrorist organisation that must be defeated. Now Israel, in our relationship with Gaza, we would keep the border quiet. The problem is Hamas does not allow that to happen. Over the last three weeks there have been around 150 rockets missiles and mortar shell from Gaza into Israel. So obviously we have to act to protect our people.feedback

Freddy Eytan

Netanyahu is not a warmonger, he has not ordered extensive operations like [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert did in Lebanon and Gaza. He is not hesitating, he is careful, prudent. I think he will manage the situation until Gaza goes quiet again.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will not allow extremists, it doesn't matter what side, to inflame the region and cause bloodshed.feedback

Uri Avnery

Hamas was boycotted by the international community, by the Arab world, and now heads of state are visiting the Gaza Strip for the first time. At this moment Hamas is the hero of the entire Arab world.feedback

Uri Avnery

If you want a Jewish state in all of historical Palestine, if you want to put Israeli settlements all over the West Bank, then you don't want this peace. If you are ready to accept to give back the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in return for peace you can have it tomorrow morning.feedback

Ziad Nakhla

The delegation spoke on behalf of the Palestinian people, because the Palestinian people stood for and supported the resistance. Delegations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad represented the Palestinian people by negotiating and defending the Palestinian cause on the ground.feedback

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

This was a treacherous aggression, on our people in Gaza, that called on us to defend ourselves. And the result was that after eight days, God removed the hand of the Zionists from our people in Gaza, and they were forced to succumb to the conditions and demands of the resistance.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I know some people are expecting more severe military action, and perhaps we may need to do this, but at this time the right thing for the state of Israel to do is to use this opportunity to achieve a long-lasting ceasefire.feedback