More Quotes

“Now it’s important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response and even opposition from Russia.”

General (res.) Amos Yadlin, former IDF Head of Military Intelligence on the Israeli airstrike on a Syrian chemical weapons facility, 07/09/2017

“It is clear that the Palestinian Authority needs to resume its role in the administration of Gaza, as Hamas has substantially harmed the people of Gaza and has failed to meet their most basic needs.”

(Jason Greenblatt, US Special Representative for International Negotiations, at the conclusion of a tour of the Israel-Gaza border, 30/08/17)


“All of you, in your first hour as Israeli citizens, constitute a deep expression of the soul of our nation. Because your decision to come to Israel means that Israel isn’t just a place, it’s an idea. It’s a choice.”

(Yair Lapid in a speech given to new immigrants to Israel who arrived on a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight, 16/08/2017)

“If Abbas can whisper in Trump’s ear, or (dare we dream?) even say publicly that he can recognise Israel as a Jewish state as part of a final package, he will leave the White House with the best asset any leader can hope for: the President’s support and respect.”

(Former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro writing in Fathom, 02/05/2017)


“The modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the existence of the State of Israel… As secretary general of the United Nations I consider that the state of Israel needs to be treated as any other state.”

(United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressing the World Jewish Congress’s plenary assembly in New York, 23/04/2017).

“The logic of 242—of balancing rights and responsibilities, withdrawal and security—remains sound, and can only be expressed in a two-state framework. The problem is not with the principles but the commitment to apply them. International actors should use this moment to reaffirm those principles.”

(BICOM Senior Research Associate Toby Greene on the enduring value of UN Resolution 242 in Prospect magazine, 21/04/2017)