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NEW Apr 27 2017
Multiple people spoke about Hamas in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Benjamin Netanyahu is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “Had been better informed.”.
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Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

Israel also has a significant responsibility to assist by facilitating the entry of materials for repairs and maintenance of the grid and power plant. Egyptian power lines to Gaza also need to be repaired and upgraded. The social, economic and political consequences of this impending energy crisis should not be underestimated. Palestinians in Gaza, who live in a protracted humanitarian crisis, can no longer be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures.feedback

Fathi Sheikh Khalil - Hamas

The electricity cuts will also affect municipal services such as pumping water to people's homes and wastewater treatment.feedback

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

Maisa al-Masri

I live on the sixth floor, and electricity is important for me not only inside my apartment but also outside, to operate the elevator.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

Andrew Anglin

And they will rue the day, as they see two hundred skinhead Alt-Right Nazis marching with a guy from Hamas carrying machine guns through the center of their town!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

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

Akram Attalah

If war begins, battles will be tougher with Sinwar at the top. The situation is on the edge of collapse. Hamas and Israel are in a dilemma over how things can proceed.feedback

Danny Yatom

Hamas is accusing us, but it could be Hamas. It is possible we are witness to a preventive strike and not an elimination.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

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

The resolution calls on Israel to take steps 'to cease all settlements activities in the occupied Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem'. No such steps have been taken during the reporting period. The continued incitement to violence against Jews emanating from Hamas extremists and some Palestinian groups is unacceptable and undermines trust and the prospects for peace. Reactions by Hamas officials to terror attacks against Israelis have been particularly reprehensible and deserve condemnation.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

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

Robert Tolchin

If you or I tried to send money to Hamas, you wouldn't get around the block. Banks are required to check before they do any wire transfers. Why is it any different to provide a communications platform to Hamas, to ISIS?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

Iyad al-Bozom

Conversations made via these cards can be stored on Israeli servers and used by the occupation. Israeli intelligence officers have also used these SIM cards to contact some collaborators.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

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

The high court decision is politically motivated and it came in order to rescue Fatah after its lists of candidates collapsed in a number of areas.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

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will find who prepared this explosive device. We will discover who carried it out. We will also get to those behind them. We will settle the score with these terrorists.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

Grant Rumley

It's a blatant power grab at a time when he knows he can get away with it. From Abbas's standpoint, this is his way of both thwarting his rivals in Hamas and securing his Fatah party's hold on the Palestinian Authority once he is gone.feedback

David Grossman

You know, the Hamas is not my favourite part of the Palestinian society because they are fanatic, fundamentalist and in their basic declaration, they openly wish for the eradication of Israel and building an Islamic state on the ruins of it. Yet, the Hamas because of its structure and because of the geo-political situation, has also some political interests, unlike the ISIS, Daesh.feedback

David Grossman

Now I think that a society that is dominated by fears is a declining society, it does not have the energy and the vitality that it takes in order to flourish, to blossom and also to solve its existential problems. If you categorise things only in categories of fear, of despair, you will not get far away. In the end, you shall have to realise your greatest fears.feedback

David Grossman

There are many jokes in the book and I so much enjoyed writing it because of the flow of jokes and I am a person who rarely remembers a joke. And now at least I know at least 30 jokes to tell.feedback

David Grossman

In a way you can say that he lives in parallel to the life he should have lived. Maybe also if you want, Israel has this destiny because in the last years we became a kind of mini empire, and I think from that moment on, we turned to a wrong parallel course of our life, of our being.feedback

David Grossman

I feel ashamed of what my government is doing, not ashamed of being an Israeli. I still think that this country is an amazing place.feedback

David Grossman

First of all I think that Palestinians should do for traumatised Palestinians, for traumatised Palestine. Release? No, I think that… You know, I take reality very seriously and the alternative is be either cynical or desperate of the situation and I don't want to be both.feedback

David Grossman

I very much hope so. My struggle for peace is not only for the Palestinians to have their home and homeland and dignity, and I don't want that they will live their life under the shadow of the occupation, I don't want to cast shadow on anyone because when I cast shadow on someone my life is being shadowed. No, no, no. Don't kill it so fast, it's not dead, it's the only possible option….feedback

David Grossman

I think they have the right to do it and I'm actually glad because it means that they accept the idea of the two states, they accept the total legitimacy of Israel within the green line.feedback

David Grossman

You know we sometimes tend to just, you know, criticise Israel totally and to forget how this country came into being, three years after the holocaust, after the shoah, and the fact that it built itself really from ashes and it created here a great culture and agriculture and hi-tech and industry and many layers of life that are quite unique. And, as I said, I don't want to live in any other place.feedback

David Grossman

And very soon, his back pack is being packed by other soldiers, he is put in a military vehicle and he's sent for four long hours, to the funeral in Jerusalem, but one question he has not asked and nobody told him. Who died? Is it mother or father? And these long four hours were so traumatic in his life they really made his destiny. And sometimes I think that the most cunning form of cruelty is indifference.feedback

David Grossman

You should ask them what it means. I… first of all I don't think I should even justify my loyalty, I was born here, this is my place, I take a very active part in the life in Israel, in the culture in Israel. I don't think the question of loyalty should be aroused at all, it's a fascist question, it's one of the signs of the deterioration of the democracy and the democratic perception here in Israel.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

David Grossman

The story that I tell is about a child Dovalé, who later became a stand-up comedian and the whole book takes place in a rundown night-club, but Dovalé who was a very sensitive, and fragile and very creative and passionate child, suddenly when he was 14 and he was sent for the first time in his life out of home to a kind of a semi-military type of camp, that we all went through when we were 14 and 15.feedback

Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar

The authorities had arrested 48 members of a Muslim Brotherhood cell aimed at undermining security through a series of attacks. Fourteen of them had confessed to killing Barakat.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

They (Fatah) have no will to achieve an agreement. There is no intention.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

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh

We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion. We have our own group, not with Hamas ... we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that's it, that is what our intention is.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

We are managing to foil plans by the organizations, the terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to carry out attacks. If it were up to them, there would be suicide bombings and gun attacks here every day. The fact that we are succeeding lends salience to the attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks. We will also prevail over this phenomenon, I say, but this is a process that takes time. Statistically, we see a waning of this.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

There is no question that wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement. Incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Islamist movement in Israel, and incitement, I am sorry to say, from President Abbas.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We didn't change anything. The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last fifteen years. The only thing that changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist movement in Israel and by Hamas who are entering the mosque and trying to put explosives there.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is using exactly the kind and the amount of legitimate force and that any one of those governments, those municipalities and those police forces would use if they had people wielding knives, meat cleavers, axes, trying to kill people on their streets.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will prove that terror doesn't pay and we will overcome it.feedback

Wasfi Kabaha - Hamas

Security coordination limits the Palestinian retaliation and resistance to the Israeli occupation. Most of the prisoners that Israel frees are then imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority. This is a major challenge, both for Hamas and all the other Palestinian factions.feedback

Khader Adnan

Why are our people not allowed to resist this occupation? Resistance must be united. With this Intifada, we show we disagree with the negotiations. The negotiations are out-of-date, and this Intifada must not be used to the [Fatah] negotiator's benefit.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

The division between Palestinians and the divergence of political programmes among all the factions is still a fundamental hurdle for them in their conflict with Israel. That actually serves as a brake on outright confrontation with Israel.feedback

Jaafar Abu Salah

We support all forms of Palestinian resistance, including violent retaliation to the injustice and aggression of the occupation.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

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

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

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

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

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

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

So far we the battle is progressing as planned but we can expected (more) stages in the future. Until now we have hit Hamas and the terror organisations hard and as the battle continues we will increase our strikes at them.feedback

Mohammed Sheikhibrahim

It's a new and decisive day in Egyptian political life after the call by the army for Friday demonstrations to show support for the military's legitimate use of force. Some Egyptians see the call as what needs to be done to achieve what they call the second revolution, whereas others think that it is a strengthening of what they see as a military coup and a beginning of security operations legitimised by the population.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Israel has decided that this year will see a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people; in the same year in which this Assembly, on behalf of the people and countries of the world, conveyed the world's yearning and determination to realise a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their state of Palestine alongside Israel.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

Ehud Barak

This is clearly a terrorist attack initiated by probably Hezbollah, Hamas, Jihad or any other group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical Muslims groups.feedback

Elias Jubran

We were at home asleep when we heard a loud explosion that shook all the houses, the windows and other things broke on our three floors and in my brothers' houses on either side.feedback

Mark Regev

We'll be watching very closely, though,because as we've seen, as recently as last Friday, Hamas has violated ceasefires that it supposedly committed to. So we'll be watching closely. We'll be ready for any development.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Israeli occupation forces should withdraw outside the border. According to this agreement, the other members of the Palestinian delegation will travel to Cairo. There will be indirect negotiations through the Egyptian mediation.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

I hope next year, and every year after that, such a wedding will be held.feedback

Amina Saideh

The situation is not good, no work, all of us need help.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

Yuval Dror

We haven't seen an army using social media with such an intensity before, and I don't think it's the last one, because social media is the new media, is the new thing. The audience is there, we know that millions, a billion people are on Facebook, you want to communicate (to) this audience where it's sitting. First, it's unprecedented, and second, there will be followers after the IDF.feedback

Avital Leibovich

The goal of this is to actually try and reach audiences all over the world, audiences that maybe don't get their information messaging from the mainstream media. We would like to reach out to those audiences and to influence them as much as we can by supplying them information and content, visual and other.feedback

Luis Carballo

These walls have witnessed battles for centuries, but while the confrontation today between Israel and Hamas is being waged with the same weapons as always, but there is also a new, very different one: the Internet. In this version of war, Israel wants to reverse reasoning which says it usually wins on the field of battle but as often as not loses the war of communication.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

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

While Palestinians are denying the allegations they had anything to do with the incident what actually happened still raises a lot of questions.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

Ayman Taha

For us, Salam Fayyad's presence as head of the government is illegitimate, so his resignation will put things back to how they should be.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

Azzam al-Ahmad

Certainly, this played a basic role, if the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas a group which is a part of them had wanted to end the division and complete what they signed in the past, which was the agreement signed in Egypt on May 4, 2011 it would have been possible for them to do so. But the Muslim Brotherhood ruled in Egypt for one year and the reconciliation process did not advance one step.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

How do you describe the progress which was made in achieving the Palestinian reconciliation especially as years passed without reaching any real agreement?feedback

Azzam al-Ahmad

We will not overreact and abuse the rights that we obtained at the United nations.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

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

Amy Sarousi

I feel safer today that I see that they have the roadblocks. I hope that I don't have to stand behind them all the time but at least you know they are there.feedback

Sarah Haber

I think it's crazy that that's what we have to do, that we have to start putting up barriers next to train stations, next to bus stops.feedback

Javier Solana

It would be very difficult to move forward politically if the situation internally among the Palestinians has not a good level and security is not guaranteed, that's clear.feedback

Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

The United States does not have much leverage right now. The Israeli-American relationship is not the best that it has ever been, that's clear. We obviously have no influence on Hamas. The Egyptians are following their own path, and right now I would say are the big winners for having tried a cease-fire. We don't have great relations with Qatar. So I think at this exact moment, American influence is limited.feedback

Leila Shahid

So they're looking for a change in power, they're voting for the opposition to Fatah.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

The quartet concluded that it was inevitable that future assistance to any new government would be reviewed by donors against that government's commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the road map.feedback

Mark Regev

The review, at the moment, is ongoing. But pending a final decision, and a final decision hasn't been reached, I think it's fair to presume that Israel will not be automatically transferring funds to the Palestinian Authority.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

Gad Shimron

I won't be surprised to hear in 20 or 30 years from now, when the archives are open, to read that this operation was an international operation, maybe with the backing of some Western intelligence agencies.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

Azam al-Ahmed

We are going to start negotiations aimed at forming an independent national unity government under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas.feedback

Mohammed Sheikhibrahim

A new stage of negotiations reunited all the Palestinian parties aiming for a reconciliation agreement that the Palestinian people have been waiting for after years of divisions.feedback

Ezat al-Rashq - Hamas

The question of elections will be the subject of an agreement among all parties. The question of the status of the PLO and the role of the electoral commission must also be discussed.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Four black years have affected the interests of the Palestinians. Now we meet to assert a unified will, to turn the black page of division, forever.feedback

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We in Hamas are ready and decided – perhaps all factions are – to pay any price for the sake of completing reconciliation, and to turn texts into reality.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

Hamad El-Rakeb - Hamas

To come today to an initial agreement means that we have started to find a solution for a most difficult problem. We expect that this deal with Egyptian and Arab support will make reconciliation become a reality.feedback

Yossi Bellin

What we have to know is whether Hamas is going to have any say in the security of the West Bank and whether the government or Hamas in that case is going to allow Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President to negotiate on peace with Israel.feedback

Ismail Radwan - Hamas

The reasonable response to Israeli declarations is to fully implement this agreement on the ground and be totally committed to it.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas are a part of the Palestinian people. I cannot exclude them, they are a part. Love them or loathe them they are a part of our people. Please Mr Netanyahu, you have to choose between settlement activity and peace.feedback

Daniel Cohn-Bendit

I hope the new Obama administration will find new political approaches, develop new theories. The Americans must negotiate with the Egyptians, Hamas and with Iran, in order to find a solution with a regional dimension.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

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

Javier Solana

It's very difficult that parties that do not condemn violence, parties that still have in their constitution the disappearance of the state of Israel, without changing those positions should be partners in the future.feedback

Yariv Oppenhiemer

This new declaration of expansion of settlements by the Israeli government is very significant. We do not remember such a big announcement since the last one or two decades. This is a stab in the back for Abbas and the moderate people in the Palestinian authority instead of strengthening the Palestinian authority versus Hamas.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

Mark Regev

Israelis hoped for his (Johnston's) safe release, just as we hope for the safe release of our own serviceman, Gilad Shalit, who's been held by Hamas for more than a year as a hostage.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

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

Peter Lerner

The Iron Dome missile defence system has been a huge success in saving Israeli lives with a 90 percent success rate in interception.feedback

Ravit Lowe

I'm worried and afraid. I want this to be over as soon as possible. You can hear, this is what we hear all the time. We don't even come outside to the garden because you know 30 seconds is not a long time to run for shelter. The kids get anxious so we stay inside all day.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

Abdel Munem

Before they (Hamas) were looking from an angle as the opposition and now they will look from the angle that they are in the government. With this understanding they will see a different view. With this different view I don't think that they will cross the red lines which they established but they will find new touches in the picture.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

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

We in Hamas consider the emergency government which was delegated by Mahmoud Abbas to Dr Salam Fayyad is not a legitimate government.feedback

Shimon Peres

Peace can be attained only by negotiations and terror is aimed at interrupting the peace efforts. None of us has the slightest intention in mind to submit to this threat.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

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

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

The truce is broken but the door doesn't seem to have been completely closed by the Israeli government that says it wants to respect to international diplomacy. It remains to be seen if the Cairo talks will help to calm the situation.feedback

Yigal Palmor

Unfortunately the ceasefire is now non existent, but our commitment to continue to work with Egypt and with the international community on establishing a valid ceasefire is still on.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

Armed resistance is the way and is the strategic choice to liberate Palestine.feedback

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

The Palestinian resistance that was able to capture Shalit and treat him well is able to capture Shalit and Shalit and Shalit until there is no single Palestinian in Israel's hands.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

Jen Psaki

Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government, but will be watching closely to ensure that it upholds the principles that President Abbas reiterated today.feedback

Mark Regev

President Abbas took a step backwards away from peace. He embraced a ruthless terrorist organisation directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians and a group that calls for my country's destruction.feedback

Nabil Abu Rdeneh

Tonight the discussion was in general, Tomorrow and after tomorrow, there will be the discussions concerning the names and the people who are going to join the cabinet. But what I can tell you that, there are no real problems, everybody is serious.feedback

Robert Anciaux

I wouldn't say that the two groups have a combined strategy exactly but they are fighting the same battle – against the Israeli occupation.feedback

Robert Anciaux

Hizbollah is completely intergrated within the social and political fabric of Lebanon. It has its own agenda in terms of internal and external politics. Even if it is unquestionable that it depends financially and logistically on Syria and Iran, I think that Hizbollah has a reached a stage where it allows itself to carry out an action without asking permission from its protectors before its partners.feedback

Robert Anciaux

The European countries didn't have a single, united plan with which they could propose decisive action. Only the United States was able to suggest a solution to the problem and, as we have seen, they are not going to suggest a ceasefire, a calming of the conflict. They seem to be in agreement with Israel in permitting it to do the job of eradicating Hizbollah and Hamas.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

Reuven Rivlin

Unfortunately, we are not running negotiations with the people of Europe. We are negotiating with the Palestinians. More than half of the Palestinians – the Hamas people – believe that there is no way to recognise Israel at all. When they are ready to bring to an end the conflict, when they are ready to bring to and end the past, when they say: 'well, we are looking forward to the future', I am sure that negotiations, direct negotiations will bring us to the understanding that we'll have to live side by side and with an open border.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

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

Tzipi Livni

This is in the interest of the Palestenian people, maybe not their leaders, who wish to demolish the state of Israel and to take it off the map, so excuse me for not cooperating with these kind of of leaders.feedback

Erkki Tuomioja

This means also meeting the requirements of the international community and the Quartet, and allows us to re-engage directly with the palestinian administration. But many things as always remain in the air and are precarious.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

John Ging - United Nations

We cannot make a distribution, we were to make a distribution today but we have used our reserves, we are the same as anyone else, we don't have a reserve of supplies.feedback

Gideon Meir

This declaration proves once again that the Palestinian Authority's responsibility is to fight the terrorist organisations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.feedback

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We believe that, specifically through the Arab plan, we must move from a security solution to a political one that will stop further bloodshed.feedback

Nabil Elarby

The observers on the ground are there to see the uptake of the Arab plan, which has not been fully implemented.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

John Kerry

I call upon the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms. This violence has no place anywhere.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas calls for the continuation of revenge operations and stresses that the Israeli occupation bears the tension in Jerusalem.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by lowly murderers.feedback

Ghassan al-Khatib

The latest Israeli announcement about new settlement units in occupied Bethlehem is to emphasize that Israel insists on challenging the international community and the quartet which asked to resume negotiations on the basis of ceasing settlement building.feedback

Jonathan Speyer

He will probably face some opposition from Israeli society but Netanyahu will now be riding a wave of popularity.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

I would not be divulging a secret if I was to say that there is an agreement between us and the Israeli government that there will be another wave of releases similar to this one. And we ask them to honour this agreement, if they honour agreements.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

Nabil Amr

The atmosphere here in Mecca encouraged Palestinians to go ahead and I am sure that, maybe we will reach the conclusion within 48 hours.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

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

We call on the Fatah movement not to accept these diktats and we consider any response to this call a national crime that will provide cover for the occupation to continue their settlement activity and the theft of Palestinian land.feedback

Arieh Eldad

Netanyahu, you don't have a mandate to capitulate to Obama's pressure. President Obama, if you will put too much pressure on Netanyahu he may break but he won't provide you with the goods. He cannot continue the freeze. If he will do that, he will lose his government.feedback

Amir Peretz

We must consider easing roadblocks in places where their removal would not pose a risk. The army has expressed its reservations and will examine each roadblock individually before deciding whether or not to remove it.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

Saeb Erakat

We will not be in negotiations for the sake of negotiations. We will not be in negotiations with an Israeli government that continues settlement activities, that refuses a two state solution and that doesn't accept the agreements signed.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

This proves that Israeli politics are moving from bad to worse and from alarming to increasingly dangerous and extremist. This does not indicate that there will be a possibility for security or stability or any kind of peace in the region in the near future.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The government expresses its condolences to the Italian government and people, the family and loves ones of the Italian activist.feedback

Ze'ev Boim

Hamas prisoners can only be released in a prisoner deal which includes kidnapped Israeli corporal Guilad Shalit.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

Khaled Meshall - Hamas

We are serious about healing the wounds and the reconciliation of our people on the basis of political partnership and national unity.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It is either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel. You can't have them both.feedback

Ursula Plassnik

We remain committed to support the Palestinian people, and we will continue to meet basic human needs of the population, but we will not for the time being continue direct assistance to the new government.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

Vladimir Putin

Not so long ago, our partners called for free and democratic elections in the Palestinian territories, and Hamas [the radical Islamist movement] won them.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

There may be obstacles, but we confirm we´re going with the true intention of reaching a Palestinian-Palestinian agreement that would end tensions and reinforce national unity.feedback

Ehud Olmert

We insist that Hamas recognise Israel's right to exist with secure and recognised frontiers, and that it respects all the Palestinian Authorities' agreements and committments…International leaders I have consulted are in complete agreement.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The agreement was for a neutral government to hold free and fair elections. There was pressure from the United States of America and Israel not to form a government of national unity. They want a government that accepts the Quartet's conditions, which are not acceptable to Hamas because of great prejudice against the Palestinian people.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

I think I answered that more than three times. You're determined to get an answer.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

We are against any aggression against any Arab or Muslim, but Iran is a strong country and has the ability to defend itself. It has all the means by which to protect its borders. If Iran was seen to be an easy target Israel would have already attacked.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The first question is this. What is the origin of our land before 1948, was it a Jewish land? Did it belong to Israel? Or was it the land of the Palestinian Arab, Muslim? That's a question to which I want them to give me an answer.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

In other words, the Doha agreement had shortcomings in it which means it cannot guarantee the integrity of the election, Abu Mazen, that is Mahmoud Abbas the President of the Palestinian Authority, would have no part to play in such elections.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The return of the Jews, after 3,000 years to establish a state because their ancestors were living there, does the West accept what is called the right of return? Does it accept the right of return policy.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The decision to leave was an individual one and not a departure from the political strategy.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

We are not a regional power with impressive international influence. We want a strong Syria.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

So let us return to Spain again because we left in 1492 and called for the re-occupation of Britain, India, and Arab and Muslim nations, and called for re-occupation by France of Syria, Lebanon, Algeria.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

First, the agreement made in Cairo over four years ago said we needed to form a national unity government, which would not include members of Hamas or Fatah, or even from other Palestinian factions. That is the first point in the Doha agreement.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

I would like to ask those people in the West a series of questions, and I'm sure they know the answers but do not dare to answer any of them.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

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The West is again being hypocritical and against the Muslim world and Islamic influences, in particular it doesn't want to accept the results of free and fair elections, which all the world saw were free and fair.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

If you ask the French, what they think of the occupation they will say its illegal. And what about the Nazi's occupation of France, it is illegal of course and the resistance by Charles de Gaulle's followers was seen as action by warriors for freedom, but they will not talk about the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the same way, because of their hypocrisy.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The unfolding events known as the Arab Spring – we may even call them the spring of Islam – will be in favour of the Palestinian cause. We will see their positive effects better in the future.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestine's membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation represents a lot, politically and morally, since we have asked the Security Council to let Palestine be a member of the United Nations, and this request still stands. At the same time, we wanted to be in UNESCO, which is a very important organisation, as it has close relations with people all over the world.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

Ahmed Qurie

We will raise the issue of President Bush's vision about the establishment of a Palestinian state beside Israel. We think that this is the most important issue and the solution for this conflict.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

This is good news to tell our Palestinian nation, in the diaspora about the end of an era of division.feedback

Nour Odeh

This decision coincides with a very important historic date. November 29 is the international day of solidarity for the Palestinian people. It was on this day in 1947 that the General Assembly took the unprecedented and never-repeated step of dividing a territory into two states: Israel and Palestine. But Palestine was never recognised, until today, with the international community's correction of that historic error.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are going to upgrade the status of Palestine to an observer state at the United Nations. This is the first step towards attaining our Palestinian rights – cemented in our national councils since 1994.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Hamas movement supports all the diplomatic acts that add to Palestinian victories. We welcome the move toward statehood at United Nations. However, we want it to be through a national programme based on resistance and the preservation of Palestinian rights.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

Benjamin Netanyahu

We must strike hard at the people of Hamas and its infrastructure in the West Bank. We won't rest till we get the last of them, wherever they try to hide, no matter how long it takes.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

We warn the occupation from waging any war or wide-scale aggression against our Palestinian people. The price the occupation will pay for any aggression will be even bigger.feedback

Ahmed Bahar

We condemn this cowardly action which is against our people's nature and traditions, especially the attack on the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah which represents all the Palestinian people.feedback

Ahmed Qurie

I think immediate dialogue to reach a good understanding is the only way now. There is no other choice because this is a very bad message to the people and even to the world about us.feedback

Nabil Sha

This is a protest about this meeting, we will attend later meetings and we will discuss this with our leadership, and with their leadership, to come with a new modus vivendi and modus operandi, a new system that will really make it worth while for us to be part of that parliament and not overruled on order by the numerical majority.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

We consider this emergency government is not legitimate and is not dependent upon the law and it's against the constitution.feedback

Fauzi Barhoum

But the solution to all of our crisis is to make a national unity government.feedback

Taher al-Nunu - Hamas

Netanyahu is working against himself. He is preparing a new file of war criminal acts and he's working also to be part of a new Goldstone report.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

Saeed Seyam

The Palestinian people will be very happy and feel some form of revenge for the criminal Sharon who committed several crimes.feedback

Hans-Gert Pöttering

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

Hans-Gert Pöttering

We hope there is – when there is a new government – a new approach to peace and we in the European Union and the European Parliament are in favour of a two-state solution, that means Israel in safe borders and Palestine in safe borders and I think we have to make a new approach for peace.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

Nader Said

Palestinians are not as interested now in individual leaders who seem to be liked and condoned by the international comunity. They are interested in someone who can actually change the situation and that someone would have to be amenable to the United States, Israel and therefore Palestinians.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he's moving into peace with Hamas. And he has to choose. Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn't done so.feedback

Avigdor Lieberman

I think you saw too many movies about James Bond and I prefer you to see more serious movies.feedback

Carl Bildt

The fact that passports of countries of the European Union were evidently misused or falsified or stolen, and then used in this particular murder is, of course, utterly unacceptable and endangers the security of citizens of the EU.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

Benjamin Netanyahu

Tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Make peace with the Jewish state.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

Fawyi Barhoum - Hamas

Fatah have refused to take part in any national, regional, and Arabian negotiations to release Hamas prisoners in the West Bank. The convening of this congress coincides with an unprecedented media campaign by Fatah against our leaders in the West Bank, this will make starting dialogue again even more difficult and more complicated.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

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

We think Turkey and Egypt should play a significant role in the conflict. They are capable of making demands and could help find a solution to this conflict. Contrary to what you might hear, there is a continuous peace process going on. What we want is a sustainable peace in the context of a Palestinian state, supported by Turkey and by all Arab countries who choose peace and strive for stability in the region.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

We want to be a full member of the United Nations, and here on the ground we want a real Palestinian nation, not just a media event which could lose Palestinians their rights.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

Let me answer you in all honesty. What's important for us right now? Is it to have a common Palestinian position, and to go to the United Nations with a single united voice? Or take the decision to go to the UN despite all these disagreements? The answer is easy. What Mr Abbas mentioned elsewhere in his last speech, when he said he would like a national reconciliation that would assure unity between the different political movements.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

Firstly I'd like to point out that it's not a refusal, rather the clarification of a position. It's the lot of the Palestinian people that's being played with here.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

Without doubt the Arab revolutions bring a direct support to the Palestinian cause and represent a positive factor that could help our cause find solutions. But we fear these revolutions could have their own problems and as a result will need a lot of time to succeed and play an important role in the region.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

We're demanding that Palestine is a full member of the UN, and that also includes the position of the PLO and internal reconciliation. They are issues of the utmost importance for us and are central to the Palestinian cause. So to make a decision like that or take such a stance, you have to reassure yourself that all those questions have been taken into account.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

Why haven't we taken a single step towards national unity first, and warned the Palestinian people about the different consequences of these moves, and THEN go to the UN? That way, we'd all be responsible and we'd avoid this fog which is hanging over this step.feedback

Jamel Ezzedini - Euronews

Mr Awad, let's begin with the position of Hamas, which refuses to go the United Nations to demand recognition of a Palestinian state. Why this refusal, and what are the guarantees that your organisation has brought to mind which the Palestinian authorities have missed?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

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

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 Dahlan

The Palestinian Authority has been paralysed both by Israel and by Hamas. I believe that despite what's going on, and the difficult situation in which we find ourselves, the Palestinian people will vote for Fatah. Hamas have no experience, all they do is shout slogans, it's not enough to be in opposition making speeches.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This is the beginning of a new era, and I hope one in which we will start peace negotiations.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

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

Salam Fayyad

Regardless of the form of government that wiil emerge as a consequence of the elections that took place yesterday in Israel we have the same expectations that tangible steps have to be taken to end the occupation that began in 1967.feedback

David Baker

The allegation that receiving medical treatment in Israek is conditional upon providing information to Israel's security services is simply ludicrous.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

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

I hope this dialogue will succeed and the strife will end, bringing unity to our nation.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

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

This calm should bring security in the interests of our people and reduce their suffering. It should also bring some comfort to the Israelis if they stick to the truce.feedback

Ehud Olmert

It should be clear, we did not and will not conduct negotiations with any terror organisation. We have no illusions, what they are caling a 'calm' is fragile and likely to be short-lived.feedback

Sean McCormack

If there are meetings that take place, we would expect that the message would be strong and clear to Hamas.feedback

Nabil Fahmy

Egypt will not back down regarding the cause of the Palestinian people, we will always support and never change our position. However, what we've seen and heard on the streets and Egyptian television varies depending on political affiliations, especially media reports that have spoken of acts carried out by Hamas in Sinai – acts denied by the Gazan political group. So this case is related to Egyptian national security, it has nothing to do with a feeling of hatred against Palestinians or a change in support for the Palestinian cause.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Nothing is more shameful that attacking sleeping children.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

Shimon Peres

The real infrastructure of relationships between the Palestinians and us is political rather than technological. It's not relations between guns, it's a relation between people.feedback

Scott McClellan

We have made it clear that we do not and will not deal with Hamas because it is a terrorist organisation that has as part of its platform the destruction of Israel.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for Israel's destruction and the international community must not embrace it.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

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

Mark Regev

Now when Hamas broke the ceasefire, when Hamas launched rock