Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.
All religious wars are about people arguing over who has the biggest invisible friend.
Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations…
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian people have no national identity.
I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.
I am looking to have a place under the sun for our new generations to live in peace far away from repression, from terrorism, to live as human beings freely in this free world. That is what I am looking for. I am not asking for the moon. I am asking for the United Nations legality to be implemented.
Whoever stands by a just cause cannot possibly be called a terrorist.
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 the last boy and the last girl so that the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem.
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!
Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.
We do not want to destroy any people. It is precisely because we have been advocating coexistence that we have shed so much blood.
The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine.
Martyrs, martyrs, martyrs,… we want a million martyrs to march on Jerusalem.
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.
Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart.
The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises…
We are not the Red Indians.
Still, the American administration is following blindly the Israeli advisers in your policy, while they are pushing you to more and more disasters.
Find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God.
In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth. But it is forbidden that this harm the continued struggle against the Zionist enemy. Cooperation and understanding between the P.L.O. and the rejectionist organizations is what will lead to the speedy retreat of Israel from the occupied territories in the first stage, until the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Only a state like that can then continue the struggle to remove the enemy from all Palestinian lands.
I’m a man of history. My vision is guiding me, my clear vision. It is not by chance that the currents of peace are increasing daily inside Israel.
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.
It is true that we are under occupation, but we are not the weaker party. We are the military force which Israel failed to defeat.
I can’t let it pass when you say: “You are the weak party.” No, I am not the weak party. I am the man who is making the war. I am the man who is making the peace.