The Palestinians In Their Own Words
Palestinian Quote Sheet #39
The following statements by Palestinian leaders date from between April 1995 and July 1996.
On violence against Israel:
"If the negotiations reach a dead end, we shall go back to the struggle and strife, as we did for 40 years. It is not beyond our capabilities.... "If and when Israel will say, `That's it, we won't talk about Jerusalem, we won't return refugees, we won't dismantle settlements, and we won't retreat from borders,' then all the acts of violence will return. Except that this time we'll have 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers who will operate in areas in which we have unprecedented elements of freedom."
"Our forces will fight, of course. They have already received their orders."
"We must remember that the main enemy of the Palestinian people, now and forever, is Israel. This is a truth that must never leave our minds."
"Jerusalem is under occupation and the Moslems of the world should liberate it by jihad and put it under Islamic and Arabic authority. The jihad is not just a war jihad - we are talking about all means to get back Jerusalem."
"[Palestinians should] rise up with all their might against the occupation."
"If the Israelis decide to throw the peace to the sea, we will send them to hell and the explosion this time will be more violent and more destructive. In comparison, the attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ashkelon will look like banal actions."
This is the thirty-ninth in a series of quote sheets prepared by
IRIS (Information Regarding Israel's Security)
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