The Israelis are mistaken if they think we do not have an alternative to negotiations. By Allah I swear they are wrong. The Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice until either the last boy and the last girl raise the Palestinian flag over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem.
In a speech given on 6 August 1995, at a party to celebrate the birth of his daughter, reported in Haaretz (6 September 1995) and in The Jerusalem Post (7 September 1995)
We shall never stop until we can go back home and Israel is destroyed… The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations… the goal of this violence is the elimination of Zionism from Palestine in all its political, economic and military aspects… We don’t want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel’s destruction and nothing else.Yasser ArafatQuoted in the Washington Post (29 March 1970)
All our moves are based on four general principles: continued use of the rifle, no waiving of historical rights, no peace, and no negotiations… Whatever form of government is established in the territory when the shadow of occupation passes away, whenever I address my fighters and revolutionaries, I shall say: ‘Let our rifles be aimed at the beloved land, the land of the homeland, the land of PalestineYasser ArafatStatement from Wafa, Beirut (9 June 1974) as quoted in Journal of Palestine Studies (1974), p. 224
I want to tell Carter and Begin that when the Arabs set off their volcano there will be only Arabs in this part of the world… Our people will continue to fuel the torch of the revolution with rivers of blood until the whole of the occupied homeland is liberated, the whole of the homeland is liberated, not just a part of it.Yasser ArafatQuoted in the Associated Press (12 March 1979)
We will not bend or fail until the blood of every last Jew from the youngest child to the oldest elder is spilt to redeem our land!Yasser ArafatIn his speech "The Impending Total Collapse of Israel" at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, January 30, 1996 as quoted in “The Legacy of Islamic AntiSemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History”, by Andrew Boston, Prometheus Books, c.2008, pg. 682.
This child, who is grasping the stone, facing the tank, is it not the greatest message to the world when that hero becomes a martyr? We are proud of them.Yasser ArafatOn Palestinian Authority Television (15 January 2002)
I swear to God, I will see [the Palestinian state], whether as a martyr or alive. Please, God, give me the honor of becoming a martyr in the fight for Jerusalem.Yasser ArafatAs quoted at OneJerusalem.org (21 January 2002)
Our basic aim is to liberate the land from the Mediterranean Seas to the Jordan River. We are not concerned with what took place in June 1967 or in eliminating the consequences of the June war. The Palestinian revolution's basic concern is the uprooting of the Zionist entity from our land and liberating it.Yasser ArafatStatement of August 1970 as quoted in Israel : A History (1998) by Martin Gilbert, p. 418 ISBN 9780385404013
What Kuwait did to the Palestinian people is worse than what has been done by Israel to Palestinians in the occupied territories.Yasser ArafatAs quoted in "The Palestinians, Alone" by Efraim Karsh in The New York Times (1 August 2010)
All religious wars are about people arguing over who has the biggest invisible friend.Yasser ArafatMany unsourced variations are attributed to Arafat. The actual origin is Richard Jeni.
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