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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.
NEW Mar 25 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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All quotes about Hamas

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.

Andres Thomsen

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

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.

Naser Jeldha

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Salah Al-Bardaweek - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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….

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mahmoud Abbas

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

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.

Isaac Herzog

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jaafar Abu Salah

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mahmoud Abbas

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

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.

Robert Serry

"The 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,"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Azzam al-Ahmad

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leila Shahid

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Azam al-Ahmed

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Radwan - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Haniyah

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gideon Meir

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

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.

Nabil Elarby

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

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.

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.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

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

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.

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.

Jonathan Speyer

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

Ze'ev Boim

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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.

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.

Eitan Yitzhak

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

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

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

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

Fauzi Barhoum

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

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.

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.

Saeed Seyam

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

Hans-Gert Pöttering

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

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.

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.

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

Mark Regev

This atrocity is the direct result of the decision by President Abbas to unite with Hamas, allowing them to re-establish their presence in the West Bank. We call upon President Abbas to unequivocally and immediately break his alliance with Hamas.

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.

Avigdor Lieberman

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

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.

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Nabil Zaqut

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

Shimon Biton

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

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

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.

Mahmoud Abbas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Baker

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

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.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

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

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.

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.

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.

Sean McCormack

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benyamin Netanyahu

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

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.

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.

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.

Mark Regev

Now when Hamas broke the ceasefire, when Hamas launched rockets and mortar shells at Israel, they broke the premise of the talks and there will not be negotiations under fire.

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.

Avichay Adraee

This is a Hamas lie, because most media offices are in Jerusalem and if that happened the news would be all over the world.

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.

Mahmoud Abbas

These difficult days will make us work harder towards reconciliation, and to unite in the face of the enemy.

Bernard Kouchner

The ceasefire should be permanent and adhered to by all. This must not be allowed to flare up again. We are convinced that the answer to this problem can be solved by diplomacy, not by fighting. We are pushing hard for peace.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amna Abu Hmeda

This is massive destruction, complete destruction. Not even in 1948 or 1956 or 1967 or 2008 or in other wars did we see this kind of destruction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Condoleezza Rice

We of course have said that we will await the formation of the government before making any decisions about it, and I think that is generally the view that is held in the international community as a whole.

Mahmoud Abbas

This indicates the intransigence of the Israeli government, it's tyranny and arrogance, particularly against prisoners for freedom.

Riad Muasses

Between Operation Cast Lead and now Operation Pillar of Defence four years have passed. The Middle East has gone through a lot of changes, both political and strategic, since the Arab Spring uprisings. Do you think the Arab Spring has had repercussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on Hamas in particular?

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.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

The conflict with Israel has to be managed in a global way, and when Israel becomes mature and accepts the rights of the Palestinians, then we will decide to adapt our position.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

There is no solution in this region. The Europeans need to know that there is no solution by hiding behind the Americans' impossible conditions. The solution is to give Palestinians their rights and put an end to the Israeli occupation. At the moment, there is an historic chance. Arabs and Palestinians accept the creation of a state on the 1967 borders. I call Europe to drive the international community in place of the failing American administration in concert with Russia, China and others. In order to return the rights of Palestinians and end the Israeli occupation.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

No, the question of recognition is out. I have already said we would be able to sign a truce. There are other formulas, but we have already stated that recognition is not among them.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We do not have secret contacts and we do not have contacts with Israel.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

Is there a new politics that Europe can offer? That is the point. What if Europe continues to close its ears and remain inept? As long as the international community and Europe retreat, there will be no positive outcome. The Arab and Muslim world expects Europe to offer something more.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We refute and condemn these kind of statements because they are insulting. We do not expect much from an American administration, whether it is Democrat or Republican. We are not counting on that. We're focusing on our rights.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

There is no axis but there is an American desire to classify the world as to how it wishes it to be seen. According to its lying criteria, America classes states as either modern or extremist. We have to refute this American vision.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

The nature of Israel's position is proof that there is no possible arrangement on the horizon because of Israel's alignment with the US. Olmert can say what he wants, Jerusalem was and still is Palestinian and Arab.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

Israel has to announce clearly that it accepts a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem without settlements, and the right of refugees to return. Without this, we will never agree.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

The usage of violence as a means? We are a people under occupation. Half of our people have been under occupation for 60 years, the other half are dispersed all over the world. Is it not a people's right to defend itself? It is the least we can do. It is a duty and an honour.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We have links with Tehran and we also have relations with Arab countries, as well as good relations with certain European countries. What is the problem? They are political relations and we rely on nobody.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

Listen, there have been signed agreements between the Palestinians and Israelis since Oslo, which have proved useless. The question is this: will Palestinians be given their rights? At this time, we can neither see a different Israeli nor American position on the horizon. There is no international willingness to impose a satisfactory solution for the Palestinian people.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

There is no military support. There is, however, financial support to the Hanyeh government from certain Arab countries. What is the problem? It is the Palestinian peoples' right.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Palestinian factions will resort to all means in order to protect our Palestinian civilians in the absence of a world effort to stop the Israeli aggression.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

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

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.

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.

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

They are trying to strangulate and to starve the innocent people by cutting our money from our goods. We are going to treat by all legal means through discussion these issues with the Arabic and Islamic countries and the international community.

Jimmy Carter

I come here to the American school which was educating your children, supported by my own country, and I see this has been deliberately destroyed by bombs from F-16s, made in my country and delivered to the Israelis.

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.

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.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The president's call for early elections is unacceptable, unconstitutional and illegal. Neither Abbas, nor all the powers who support him, can do it.

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wolfgang Schuessel

With Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinians, we have a partner in whom we have confidence and his commitment to the road map for peace. Part of that is the fundamental concept of two states – that is, the recognition of the existence of Israel and in turn that Israel should recognise the concept of a Palestinian state. Now things may have changed but without talking about political parties, the priorty must be to see the formation of a new Palestinian government.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Today we say to the Israeli population, now that the ceasefire has come into effetc, you can return to your homes, and it's we who make this possible for you, not Netanyahu.

Mark Regev

Why is it that today Hamas accepted the very same Egyptian framework that it rejected a month ago? Ultimately so much bloodshed could have been avoided.

John Ging - United Nations

My appeal is simple – all parties must find another way other than violence. Civilians are paying the price of political failure with their lives.

Matan Vilnai

You are speaking to a general who has fought in all the wars you can think about since before the '67 war….

Matan Vilnai

In some places, we've made mistakes. And we inquire every incidence in Jenin, and in Sabrah and Shatila. But they never did it.

Matan Vilnai

Iran is the enemy of the whole free world. If the whole free world will gather together and push them, by using diplomatic channels and economic obstacles, we can do it. We are using diplomatic channels and economic sanctions in order to understand what they can do and what they can't do.

Matan Vilnai

We can negotiate everything. The basics is first of all, the understanding of the whole Palestinian society, the whole Palestinian political range, about the existence of Israel and about stopping terror. If there will be no terror and each one of the Palestinians will understand that the main thing is the existence of Israel – we can talk about everything.

Matan Vilnai

We would like to live peacefully in the Middle East. This is our goal, this is our vision. You ask every Israeli in the street, in the market, whenever you want. Every Israeli would say: I am in favour of peace. The most important thing is to secure the security of Israel, to defend the state of Israel. My goal, my mission is to secure the home front because the Arab states understand that they cannot beat our army in the battlefield, so they prefer to hit targets in civilian areas.

Matan Vilnai

Waqf' is holy ground; holy Muslim ground. There is a wonderful example: there was a wonderful small democracy in the Middle East called Lebanon. What has happened to Lebanon? The old Lebanon disappeared; there is no Lebanon. There is something else although there is Lebanon, there is a president, a prime minister..a force of the Lebanese army, but there is no Lebanon. There is more Christian Lebanese in South America and in West Africa than in Lebanon, because they were not strong enough. The radical Muslims are sure that in time, they will do the same to Israel. No chance.

Matan Vilnai

On one condition: that the whole government, including the radical Muslims will recognize the existence of Israel.

Mark Regev

I can only say that we have a problem with Hamas. I mean Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and instead of investing in the future of the people of Gaza, instead of trying to build a better life for the people of Gaza, Hamas is stuck in a very extremist mode where they are investing in future conflict with Israel.

Christopher Gunness

We have conducted an intital investigation, and as a result of that, we are 99.9 per cent certain that there was no militant, nor militant activity in the school or in the school compound.

Micky Rosenfeld

Those who will be coming in quietly without causing any provocative incidents or possibility of public disturbances or even violence at the airport, will be allowed to come through. At the same time those, as far as we are concerned, in terms of security, have been arrested in the past will not be allowed to come in.

Mohamed Al-Hindi

We discussed how to appear as a Palestinian people in front of the world. We agreed that we must appear as a united people.

Abu Ahmed

First we call for an immediate cease-fire, second a retreat of all armed militants from the streets and a return of security guards to their positions before the start of these events, third a stopping of all media campaigns and especially those inciting violence.

Yitzhak Levanon

Morsi has good contact with Hamas. But I know that Egypt – and he has to do this – is seeking a kind of Palestinian reconciliation, so he will have to talk also with (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as) Abu Mazen. Secondly I think that he will reach some kind of stability in the region, which is very important for Egypt. Stability is good also for Israel.

Mark Regev

Hamas is responsible for the current escalation and they know how to end it. They have to release our serviceman immediately and unconditionally and they have to stop targeting Israeli cities with their terrorist rockets. If they do that there will be a ceasefire.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The initiatives are composed of five items. First, the return to calm by the withdrawal of Israeli forces from all of the Gaza Strip and the stopping of all forms of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. I stressed the necessity of stopping the campaign of arrests, assassinations and incursions.

Mohammed Darduna

I have not seen any achievement or progress since the war. Everything remains at a standstill.

Mahmoud al-Ruz

The Jews don't know there are resistance fighters here. The collaborators tell them.

Shimon Peres

I think it's first of all a problem for the Palestinian people, not for Israel, because Hamas is for unilateral war, not for unilateral peace or for withdrawal. We shall not change our position but if Hamas doesn't want peace, doesn't want negotiations and wants to continue with their terrorist activity, I don't think they will have any support from outside or from Israel.

Hannah Ashrawi

I think it would be very premature to assume that Hamas is going to carry out such a drastic transformation, because they would lose a great deal of support.

Uzi Arad

Mr. Netanyahu will focus on the subject of a nuclear Iran. That is clear, not only because it is (an) existential threat as far as Israel's security is concerned, but because Iran is constantly making progress towards nuclear military capability. It's a joint objective for both countries, preventing Iran from obtaining doing this.

Eytan Buchmanhow

We were given a mission by the government, to stop terrorist attacks, to stop the rockets and protect Israelis. We'll operate for as long as we need to do that; if we can accomplish that sooner, then we'll be out of there sooner.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The Palestinian demands are clear – lift the blockade, open the crossing and end the aggression, and we believe these demands have been met. We trust that what we agreed upon will last and the Palestinian people will see the fruits of their endurance.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The Executive Force is part of the security apparatus, which comes under the Interior Ministry. It's a legitimate force and it conducts its duties based on the orders from its headquarters and the Interior Ministry.

Mahmoud Abbas

Anyone who says this is an independent force is going against the law and constitution.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas blesses the courageous operation in Jerusalem and considers it as a normal reaction to the Israeli crimes in Jerusalem and in al-Aqsa. Hamas calls on all of our people to use all means to stop these crimes.

Avigdor Lieberman

Without getting rid of Hamas, it won't be possible to make any satisfactory progress or arrangements in terms of security and diplomacy.

Ehud Olmert

We will de-freeze money that we kept under our control because we didn't want this money to be taken by Hamas in order to be used as part of terrorist action.

Miguel Moratinos

We are in principle in favour of the unity government but we have to study the details. We are reassured that the president has launched this new step. It is a positive step that we all respect.

Meir Sheetrit

This time we have to bring back Gilad home, I think it's inconceivable to believe that we can leave him there for more time. This is an opportunity that, while we are discussing the ceasefire with Hamas and opening of the passages, it must be one of the conditions to open those passages and one of the conditions for ceasefire.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We understand our people's needs: We call upon the whole world, the American administration, the Europeans, the Arabs and Muslims to support the Palestinian people.

Avigdor Lieberman

There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief.

Ron Prosor

As you know it is not the usual way to talk about what happened in those kind of meetings.

Vladimir Putin

We all know what hard times you and the Palestinian people are having now. We consistently advocate the legitimate interests of the Palestinian people, up to the establishment of a Palestinian state. I would like to assure you that we will support you as legitimate leader of the Palestinian people.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

The problem is not that there is an entity called Israel, the problem is that the Palestinian state is non-existent.

Yasser Abed Rabbo

The executive committee unanimously expressed its support for the President and wants him to participate in the upcoming election.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Americans and Israelis abandoned him and turned him into a tool to implement their policies. Abbas should admit that a peaceful settlement has failed.

Sami Turjman

We have been tracing this tunnel for a long time using our intelligence capabilities.

Abu Obidah - Hamas

When the Zionist enemy claims they've foiled a big operation, that's not true. The tunnel was destroyed by natural factors, not because of their security checks or military action.

Osama Hamdan - Hamas

Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh

We hope that the world community will understand that this is the only way to give peace a chance and we hope that the world will understand that by encouraging President Abbas and this government to go forward in order to find a stable and sustainable peace in the Middle East.

George W. Bush

America cannot dictate the terms of what a state will look like. The only way for peace is for the two parties to come together and make difficult choices but we will help. We want to help.

Bill Van Esveld - Human Rights Watch

It recommended that Israel and Hamas both conduct independent investigations into allegations of war crimes violations during the Gaza war and the Goldstone report recommended that if that did not happen in six months, then there should be a referral from the Security Council to the International Criminal Court.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We made great efforts to keep the truce but we faced an escalation in aggression against the Palestinian people. It's not a Palestinian problem, it's an Israeli problem.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We continue to stress that all parties must abide by the reconciliation agreement. We should keep restraining ourselves in order to preserve Palestinian blood and reinforce national unity.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

Our government will be ready for a dialogue with the Quartet (of international mediators) to look into all ways to end the state of struggle and achieve calm in the region.

Tzipi Livni

It is really Israeli government policy not to punish the Palestinian people for their vote (for Hamas) and to help the Palestinian people in any humanitarian way.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are prepared to act if the peace is violated. The campaign objectives were achieved. I know some were expecting a harsher response. We are prepared for that, too.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I think its an overture to American public opinion, to world public opinion, to try to placate and somehow smooth over the fact that he made a terrible step away from peace. He made a giant leap backward away from peace, because he embraced Hamas that calls for the extermination of Jews worldwide, for the eradication of Israel, and actually acts on a daily basis against peace.

Mahmoud Abbas

He will form the government and we hope he will change his policy from unilateral steps to negotiating steps.

Benjamin Netanyahu

What is interesting is that he (Abbas) didn't condemn Hamas for calling for Israel's destruction, just as previously he didn't condemn the rockets fired at Israel. And to my regret, he is working for unity with this same Hamas, which is supported by Iran.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

I praise the EU and the UN who have started talking about ending the siege. We hope they move forward and end what is leading the region to disaster.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel captured a ship on the high seas, stocked with weapons destined for terrorist groups. These weapons were going to be used against Israel. The entire operation, this clandestine operation was organised by Iran. While Iran is conducting these talks, smiling to the international community, it continues to arm terrorist groups, it continues to perpetrate terrorism around the world.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The goal of this operation was to protect our people from the threat of terror tunnels built to send death squads into Israel, to commit terrorist atrocities against Israel's civilians, to kidnap and to kill. Israel deeply regrets every civilian casualty, every single one.

John Kerry

At this moment we are working toward a brief seven days of peace. Seven days of a humanitarian ceasefire in honour of Eid. In order to be able to bring people together to try to work to create a more durable, sustainable ceasefire for the long run.

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Despite the agreement, the question remains over its implementation and a timetable. Security, border controls and weapons in the Gaza Strip are the most important challenges ahead.

Sergey Lavrov

I've heard about the idea of bringing international forces into Palestinian territories. To do this we would need the consent of all Palestinian representatives, Fatah and Hamas, and all Palestinians. We discussed this in the context of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are at the height of a complicated operation. We must be prepared for the possibility it could take time.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We will not accept any Israeli demands, they are the ones who attacked. Secondly, a ceasefire will occur when our demands are met. They are asking for a ceasefire, then the aggression should also end and we insist on the achievement of our demands.

Mahmoud Abbas

We will continue to apply the law and the constitution, but we will pursue the process of reconciliation as well. We will continue our work and negotiations based on international legitimacy.

Mahmoud Abbas

Words cannot describe the depths of sadness in our hearts.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

This protest is a condemnation of the Israeli crimes against our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem – in particular the kidnapping and burning of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Hamas will never allow these crimes break the will of the Palestinian people.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Hamas rules Gaza and it is responsible for its security, even if the perpetrators are Islamic Jihad.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

Security coordination between (Palestinian Prime Minister Rami) Hamdallah's and Abbas's security services and the enemy to locate the heroes of the Hebron operation and arrest them is a moral stain.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Our teenagers were kidnapped by a terror organisation with all certainty. There is no doubt about it.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We have begun proximity talks. I think it is high-time to begin direct talks. I think with the help of President Obama, President Abbas and myself should engage in direct talks to reach a political settlement of peace, coupled with security and prosperity.

Benjamin Netanyahu

ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Ehud Olmert

As you say, a two-state solution is the only possible way to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.

George W. Bush

Thank you for your steadfast support for peace. It's not easy, it's not easy to try to change the paradigm, and I understand that.

Ehud Olmert

This is the priority of Israel. First, Gilad Shalit, second, the end of smuggling arms across the Egyptian border through Philadelphia Corridor into Gaza. And third, complete total ceasefire and any hostile activities by the Hamas from Gaza.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We have agreed to start discussions to form the government, based on the national Unity Agreement. This will help lift the embargo placed on the Palestinians, lighten their suffering and achieve the release of ministers and parliamentarians. I hope these talks are fruitful.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

We don't recognise the legitimacy of this election, we call for it to be stopped in order to protect the unity of the Palestinian people and to protect the Palestinian land.

Barack Obama

The recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel. How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognise your right to exist?

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

We reiterate that Palestinian reconciliation is an internal Palestinian concern and that the negotiations with the occupation have proved to be futile. Hamas will not recognise the Israeli occupation under any condition.

Barack Obama

For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimise Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won't create an independent state.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences. We will neither rest nor slow down until we reach the last of them and it does not matter where they will try to hide.

Mahmoud Abbas

We have always said that we want reconciliation, we want reconciliation because it is important for us that the people are united. We are not happy with this split, but we do not deny the rights of others.

Mark Regev

This atrocity is the direct result of the pact between the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas terrorists, a pact that allowed Hamas to re-establish its presence in the West Bank. President Abbas must now immediately annul his pact with Hamas.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

We call upon all the countries participating in the Sharm el-Sheik conference to search for speedy and effective mechanisms to transfer funds to the Palestinian people directly, without getting caught up in the internal Palestinian political differences, which are strictly an internal matter.

Mahmoud Abbas

What sense of justice, what international convention gives Israel the right to kill women, children, the elderly and emergency services workers?

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

During the 51 days of war, the al-Qassam and the resistance had the upper hand. They started the war by firing their rockets on Haifa and ended the war by a strike on Haifa.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

Abu Mazen took a small but important step at the United Nations. All we want is for this step and the Gaza victory to be used in support for Palestinian reconciliation and independence, and the right to go back to our land, and we won't give them an inch of our original territory.

John Kerry

It is a lull of opportunity – a moment for the sides, the different factions to be able to come together with the State of Israel, in an effort to try to address ways to find a sustainable ceasefire and then obviously, ultimately, over a longer period of time, address the underlying issues.

Ehud Barak

We highly appreciate the responsibility the Egyptian government is showing in dealing with the peace agreement and I expressed directly the Israeli regret at the loss of life of Egyptian security people.

Mahmoud Abbas

We will continue calls and meetings. And we will not leave our responsibilities. We will work hard to stop the aggression and to ensure our rights. And we will hold accountable all of those who committed crimes against our people, however long it takes, so that no crime goes without justice.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

First and foremost, I think the violence must stop now and immediately start dialogue and address all the root causes which have already been identified, which have already been discussed and negotiated for a long time. I do not think we have any time to lose.

Kofi Annan - United Nations

History is replete with armed movements that have transformed themselves into political parties and are governing democratic countries today, and Hamas should aim to join those groups of movements which have gone through that transformation.

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

It reflects the Israeli plot to reoccupy large territories in the Gaza strip, destroy the infrastructure, a helpless attempt to bring down the Palestinian government under the pretext of looking for captured people.

Mahmoud Abbas

We signed the Egyptian proposal for unity. Hamas have agreed to the document too, but haven't signed it yet. We're calling on Hamas to sign, so we can move on.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will continue to act with patience and forbearance, with determination, responsibility and aggression to achieve the goal of the campaign, restoring calm for a long period by dealing a significant blow to Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army is prepared for all possibilities.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We have Palestinian workers working in Israel, some legally and some illegally, and they [presumably Israel's opponents] exploit that to put in terrorists of Hamas, terrorists that unfortunately are incited by the Palestinian Authority, by the Palestinian president. I think we'll do whatever we can to prevent this danger.

Mahmoud Abbas

This is about creating confusion. They presented something as a Palestinian document when, in fact, it was an Israeli one. We have nothing to hide and every Arab country without exception knows this.

Benjamin Netanyahu

As of now, we have neutralised dozens of terrorist tunnels and we are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire, and therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) to complete this work which is important for the security of Israel's citizens.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel didn't deliberately target civilians, and our investigative bodies work according to the highest international standards, which of course is not the case for Hamas.

Shimon Peres

Hamas is pushing to the end of its government. They cannot behave like this, to be wild, to fire, to shoot, to say 'We shall not make agreements, shall not respect them'. Who is going to support them, who is going to pay for them?

Shimon Peres

President Mubarak of Egypt tried to mediate to bring an end to it, but Hamas rejected all his proposals. Abu Mazen tried his hand…his propositions were ignored and rejected.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The ramming in Jerusalem is a direct result of the incitement by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and his partners in Hamas. We are in a continuous battle over Jerusalem, which I have no doubt we will win.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

This is only natural because of the absence of proper conditions for an election. It underlines the credibility of Hamas' position. We rejected the idea of elections before any overall agreement is reached.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Our policy is clear. If the attacks on Israel's citizens and soldiers continue, the response will be much harsher.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The ball is in the Israeli court. If they are interested in calm it would be natural for calm to be restored. Calm will be met with calm.

Mahmoud Abbas

I wish for the Palestinian people that next year will be the year that peace will be implemented in the occupied Palestinian lands. We, my brothers, believe in peace and are working to implement peace.

Mark Toner

This is violence instigated by Hamas. You know, as we said very clearly in our statement yesterday that we extend our sympathies to the victims, innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians that have been affected by this violence. But let's be very clear where the onus lies.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

Regarding talks to stop the fighting, it is a matter of bargaining between the victim and the executioner. What's needed immediately is for the Arab and Islamic countries to unite and stop this aggression.

Amir Peretz

We intend to do everything to ensure this soldier is returned to his family. I want to notify everyone involved that our view is that anyone who harms him will have his blood on their hands, and on those of their leaders.

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

Give me the bill, what will be the price? How many Israeli soldiers do you want sent to their mothers in their coffins in order to lift the embargo on Gaza? What will be the cost for lifting the siege?

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We've turned a new page. There was a great deal of understanding and enthusiam for working together and we were serious about implementing, not only reconciliation but everything needed to put the Palestinian house in order.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

This government is a clone of previous governments. This government will not fix the problems and will not achieve unity for the Palestinian people. It was not submitted to the legislative council so it is illegal. In addition, it does not include all the different sections of the Palestinian people according to the Doha and Cairo agreements.

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

The [Abbas] speech was designed to stir tensions. It's a partisan and despicable speech that had no good intentions towards Hamas or the people of Gaza.

Mahmoud Abbas

These actions delay rebuilding. They delay the moving of one hundred thousand people back into their homes before the winter.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The state of Israel faces huge challenges and I have to tell you this honestly before the elections. Iran is still advancing in its nuclear programme. Hezbollah and Hamas equip themselves with rockets. Radical Islam is taking over the region. It makes regimes collapse one after the other.

Mahmoud Abbas

The Jews didn't leave any synagogues, they removed all symbols of religion and we as Muslims know the sanctity of religious places. Let's not forget that these Synagogues had been left there in a way that would not allow them to continue.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The army did a great job. But the Kadima government stopped short of achieving the goal. There is only one thing that will remove the missile threat to Ashkelon and other cities and towns in Israel, and that's to bring down the Hamas government, and we will bring down the Hamas government.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I'm asking the leaders of both parties, Palestinians and Israelis, to resume the talks, so that they will be able to address the underlying root causes. Otherwise it's a matter of time, unfortunately, the violence will continue.

Condoleezza Rice

If a new Palestinian government led by Hamas is going to be able to meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a better life, it goes without saying that it cannot have one foot ion the camp of terror and the other foot in the camp of politics.

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