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“At the moment, it’s not clear inside Israel or outside what Israel wants. Is it two states for two peoples….or should [we] forget about the two-state solution? Israel needs to make a decision. It’s a tough decision, but without it, it is difficult to explain to the outside world what Israel is doing.”

(Tzipi Livni MK, leader of Hatnuah and Israel’s former top peace negotiator, speaking to the Washington Post, 06/12/2016)

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“I decided to help [rebuild the synagogue] and not receive any payment [for restoration work]. Jews and Arabs live together in Haifa, and there is no discrimination. We must continue with this coexistence and promote peace.”

(Walid abu-Ahmed, a wood panel supplier based in Haifa, on helping the Jewish community rebuild their livelihood after the forest fires, 01/12/2016)

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“One of the fundamental mistakes of the Obama administration’s foreign policy was that it always tried to explain to others what was good for them—not what was good for America. That was perceived by the non-democratic world as chronic weakness; it was perceived by the democratic world as a lack of policy. A superpower can’t engage with the rest of the world by playing the role of the Jewish mother.”

(Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea speaking on US President Obama’s foreign policy, 04/12/2016)

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“[The UK-Israel high-tech trade model is] so successful that a number of other countries have copied the model elsewhere.”

(Eugene Kandel, Chief Executive of Start-Up Nation Central, speaking at the BICOM-Jewish News conference, 30/11/2016)

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“In 1976 Rabin said that ‘once the region recognises Israel and crosses the Rubicon, all the rest is solvable’. And it is true – the region has recognised Israel big time – both the modern Sunni nations and our adjacent neighbours Egypt and Jordan. What we call the mini Arab Quartet, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, can pursue, together with Israel, a unique golden opportunity.”

(Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog speaking via video link at the BICOM – Jewish News Conference, 30/11/16)

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“Iran has not changed, not before the agreement on the nuclear program or after it. Its objective remains the same, which is to maintain a foothold in the region and keep the fire of terrorism burning. We know that, and we are facing it.” (Army spokesperson Moti Almoz speaking to London-based Elaph newspaper on the constant threat of Iran, 29/11/2016)

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