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Jason Greenblatt
It's time for the Palestinian Authority to take control of Gaza–and for the international community to take steps to help this happen. Relief from the suffering in Gaza can only be found when all interested parties gather together to help the Palestinian people and isolate Hamas.feedback
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Sep 20 2017
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Ghada Tafesh

I'm constantly reminded that there are good things about being here, and that there are people who care. Back home in Gaza, I would probably be dead by now.feedback

Steven Keller

We advise students not to return to Gaza during school holidays, due to the personal risk of getting stuck and losing a scholarship.feedback

Ghada Salmi

We need to live like humans, with cinemas, public spaces, and parks.feedback

Bethany Wright

It was certainly incredible that our bottle was found at all, let alone on a beach in Gaza. So tragic the situation there means people are so cut off, but the bottle reaching there illustrates greatly how we are just all one world, all connected by one ocean and loved by one God.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza, . Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza are not meeting their obligations to promote and protect the rights of the residents of Gaza.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

This has a grave impact on the provision of essential health, water and sanitation services.feedback

Eyal Zamir

These two targets, as far as I'm concerned, are legitimate military targets, and in the event that a new war begins, anybody in them is endangering himself, his family, and the responsibility (for their wellbeing) will fall on Hamas.feedback

Temel Karamollaoglu

You should know that not only Gaza, but Tel Aviv also has their eyes on this parade ground. Netanyahu does as well, and he is scared.feedback

Giora Eiland

Is pushing Hamas to take the only option they have and this is to open fire on Israel and attract again the attention of the international community.feedback

Reuven Berko

The motive can be a vast arrange of needs, of weaknesses, or an understanding that the situation needs fixing … sometimes we even have to create this motive for him.feedback

Ashraf Al-Qidra

We believe the actions of the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli occupation together are undermining the entire health service system in Gaza.feedback

Omar Al-Naser

Shortages in Gaza may happen, just like there are shortages in the north counties (West Bank), because there are debts the health ministry is trying to pay.feedback

Ashraf Shanty

I have two sons suffering from the disease but I see myself as the father of 320 cystic fibrosis patients, whom I must help. Without Creon, the enzyme of life, they may die.feedback

Avigdor Liebrman

In my opinion, the strategy is to hurt Hamas and also to drag Hamas into a conflict with Israel.feedback

Ghazi Hamad - Hamas

After 10 years he uses the stick and not the carrot? He cuts electricity. He cuts salaries. For what? This is what the people are asking.feedback

Ghazi Hamad - Hamas

We have not surrendered yet and we will not surrender. Abbas wants Hamas to cry and beg for help?feedback

Nathan Thrall - The International Crisis Group

Dahlan supporters and many in Fatah would be happy to see him return and would be happy to see an alleviation of the electricity and other crisis in Gaza as a result. To see a kind of joint Hamas and Dahlan authority? That is something many people, not just Dahlan supporters, might welcome.feedback

Ghazi Hamad - Hamas

What is happening now among Arab countries is that someone is trying to change the political dynamic in the region, and this instability is not good for us and other countries although it benefits Israel. There are countries that want Gaza to be part of the regional equation, others that want to shut gates or punish Hamas. We understand the contradictions. If you have good relations with Qatar, Egypt will be angry. If you have good relations with Iran, Saudi will be angry.feedback

Ghazi Hamad - Hamas

We are in a very critical situation so we have to be very careful. We need to be very sober to try to keep balance.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Building a sea port and artificial island for Gaza is a right of its people to alleviate their suffering and end the blockade.feedback

Arye Shalicar

He believes in it because he knows that if something isn't done in the end we're going to face some sort of human catastrophe or another round of war. Seven years ago almost everyone was against it but since then we've had two rounds of war with Hamas. Many people who said, in politics and in the security establishment, started understanding this might be a good solution.feedback

Ayman al-Batniji - Hamas

We noticed a great state of fear among the citizens when the dogs were being walked with their owners in the streets and along the beaches.feedback

Hisham Thawabta

I don't care who brings fuel or electricity. I only care about having power at home and work. I need to live. I am not interested of understanding the dirty politics that we are living in currently.feedback

Ayman Jamal

We the people are the losers. We lost 10 years of our lives for nothing. We passed through three wars and suffered with the blockade for what? No electricity now? Barely we get three hours a day. I don't know what the Egyptian fuel will do for us. I don't think it will make a difference.feedback

Avigdor Lieberman

Hurt Hamas and drag it to war with Israel. Abbas is doing this unilaterally, without having coordinated with Israel or Egypt.feedback

Hisham Thawabta

Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, the Arabs and of course Israel are responsible for the miserable life that Gaza is suffering from.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

Two million Palestinians in Gaza can no longer be held hostage by divisions. For a decade they have lived under the control of Hamas. They have had to deal with crippling Israeli closures, Palestinian divisions and have lived through three devastating conflicts.feedback

Khalil al-Hayya

We in Hamas do not initiate wars and we do not expect one; this is our political assessment. We do not expect war because we are not interested and the occupation [Israel] also say they are not interested.feedback

Khalil al-Hayya

Securing borders is a joint interest. We are keen and we have the determination and the ability to prevent any harm to reach out for Egypt from Gaza.feedback

Gilad Erdan

This is a decision by (Abbas) . . . Israelis paying Gaza's electricity bill is an impossible situation.feedback

Grant Rumley

I think it's a dangerous approach, however, and one that ultimately will hurt everyday Gazans. Abbas wants to be the central address for the Trump administration but while squeezing Gaza financially may put his political rivals in a bind, it will likely only widen the gap between him and the people.feedback

Gilad Erdan

It would be illogical for Israel to pay part of the bill. It is not definite this will cause a military confrontation. It is possible that the Palestinians begin to understand the catastrophe that Hamas means for them.feedback

Tareq Rashmawi

We renew the call to the Hamas movement and the de facto government there to hand over to us all responsibilities of government institutions in Gaza so that the government can provide its best services to our people in Gaza.feedback

Damien Pickart

We've seen no impact to our operations and all flights continue as planned. The United States and the [anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, US-led] coalition are grateful to the Qataris for their long-standing support of our presence and their enduring commitment to regional security. I have been talking predominantly about the Muslim brotherhood and Hamas, the Palestinian movement based in Gaza. So I think the Saudis and the UAEs are worried that Qatar was providing a platform for these groups.feedback

Zaid Al-Kilani - Hamas

Abu Mazen (Abbas) is punishing freed prisoners by suspending the salaries they and their families rely on...We believe the Palestinian Authority has succumbed to American and Israeli pressure.feedback

Nour Ahmad

The founder of Wesal came to my family and convinced them that the man is honest and wants to marry me. I said yes because I wanted a man who is not jobless, who has a good life and works on his future.feedback

Reham Owda

This matchmaking service is positive because it encourages these women to choose the potential husband without fear and pressure in this religious and patriarchal society.feedback

Hashem Sheikha

Our men fight wars and die. Women stay alive. This is why my project supports polygamy. Our website encourages them to search for husbands by themselves, to truly choose and say what they like in the man. We also fight old traditions that say divorced women should not get married.feedback

Lina Zein

This website is disgusting. Women are not a sack of onions.feedback

Amal Seyam

Polygamy has hit high rates in Gaza over the few past years, seemingly due to an increase in people's religious inclination, especially after Hamas took power in 2007.feedback

Reham Owda

Women who lost their men during the last three wars have difficult lives and few options. In most cases the husband's family pressures the woman to marry the brother in law to control her life and seize any financial aid she receives.feedback

Hisham al-Aloul

I want to apologize to my people. I ask my family to forgive me. I tell the Israeli intelligence you are scum. Sooner or later the resistance will get you. The Palestinian security in Gaza is smarter than you. The American and Israeli intelligence are the worst of humanity.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

Rushing to put men to death based on an unreviewable decision of a special military court, days after announcing their arrests and airing videoed confessions, smacks of militia rule, not the rule of law. Reliance on confessions in a system where coercion, torture and deprivation of detainee's rights are prevalent, and [there are] other apparent due process violations, further taint[s] the court's verdicts. Death as government-sanctioned punishment is inherently cruel and always wrong, no matter the circumstance.feedback

Iyad Baker

In the past we were allowed to sail up to 12 nautical miles, and we were suffering from a lack of distance, Today only three nautical miles are allowed, and in reality even this distance is not allowed because it's only for the benefit of the media, In fact they chase us before we have covered two miles.feedback

Mohamad Al Saiqaly

As young people and citizens of Gaza we feel that there is no horizon, we do not expect things will get better because of the blockade, Thousands of graduates here think that the future is bleak because the siege has stopped all forms of life in Gaza.feedback

Ammar Al Rahel

I can't bring workers to work with me, I have stopped all workers because of the loss of income, I just work with my children, maybe next year I won't be able to plant. I am praying to God that things will get better and get back to how they were ten years ago: planting and exporting our products, with the Israeli and Egyptian checkpoints open again.feedback

Azmi Keshawi

So soon we might start getting zero electricity, if the announcements by Israel and the PA are carried out. If this happens, the deterioration of every aspect of life in Gaza will be rapid. Nothing in Gaza can sustain such pressure: neither the failing economy nor the dilapidated infrastructure.feedback

Naftali Bennett

Forming a second Palestinian state beyond the one in Gaza which is a failed terror state is no solution. I certainly hope he doesn't go down that path and until now he's not indicated that he's gonna go down that path.feedback

Ali al-Abed

It is a general strike that has shut down all facilities in the West Bank and Gaza, and in the territories of 1948. It is a good step by all shop owners in support of the prisoners.feedback

Ayman al-Batniji - Hamas

In recent weeks, the phenomenon of young men walking with their dogs in the streets has widely spread. It is neither of our culture nor of our traditions....we are not against dogs, we use dogs in our work - the ban is simply to protect our women and children.feedback

Suzanne Shath

Since he was imprisoned, he has become edgier. He's different, he's more hostile. Sometimes he rejects food and he doesn't want to eat. We have to play with him to help him work his appetite.feedback

Ayman Shath

I have a language with dogs, but with humans in Gaza I can't understand what they want. At least I can speak to my dogs.feedback

Imad Morad

There are studies that show that having a dog reduces the likelihood of depression and other issues.feedback

Yasmin Shath

I couldn't believe it. Everyone tagged me in the notice on Facebook because they know I am a dog lover. I thought: this can't be true.feedback

Imad Morad

It is not good for the dog, psychologically or physically, to be in the home all the time.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

These elections are happening under the control of the West Bank security services in coordination with the Israeli enemy. The vote aims to assure the policy of one party, but the outcome will not be positive for the Palestinian nation. On the contrary the election will strengthen the division between the nation, between the West Bank and Gaza.feedback

Maher Kanawati

We need to increase the voting percentage to tell the world that we have democracy in Palestine. Unfortunately there are no elections in Gaza, but we hope and pray that next time we will have elections all over Palestine.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

The elections are happening without national consensus. Holding them in the West Bank alone, without Gaza, will cement division.feedback

Mahmoud al-Aloul

No doubt this is the democratic life we have promised our people. Unfortunately this joy is taking place in the West Bank alone because Hamas is preventing the people from practising this right in Gaza.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

It's my honor to shoulder the responsibility of leading the political bureau of this large movement of holy resistance.feedback

Ahmad Okasha

When the political leader of Hamas is from inside Gaza he will have more knowledge about Gaza's peoples' situation. Residents of Mecca are more aware of its alleys. If a person is from outside Gaza, he won't talk about Gaza's ordeals and worries properly.feedback

Hussam al-Dajani

The composition of the political bureau in Gaza tends to radicalism. Mr. Haniya is the balance here. He is a flexible person who supports peace and unity and stability in the region.feedback

Ibrahim Madhoun

The elections enhance the democracy and vitality of the movement and give a greater role to institutions, not to people.feedback

Nathan Thrall - The International Crisis Group

Students on scholarships, people wishing to travel abroad – nobody can leave. It's one of the greatest pressures the people of Gaza feel.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

Today, Abbas put himself in a confrontation with the Palestinian people. Its consequences will be catastrophic and disastrous, not only for Hamas, as they think, but for all Gazans.feedback

Grant Rumley

One of the more important things in this document is what's not in it, and that's any mention of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas released this now out of realization that Sisi is here to stay and that his war on the [Muslim] Brothers has hit them hard–not only at Rafah, but in the tunnels and in access to Egypt and the ability to get out of the Gaza Strip. It's really hamstrung the organization.feedback

Gary Younge

The latest figures suggest that the scale and causes vary between London and the rest of the country. Understanding microclimates is crucial. Black male life expectancy in Washington DC is lower than male life expectancy in Gaza: black infant mortality in America’s capital is worse than in Libya. When Americans complain about the Washington elites they are not referring to the people who live in DC (who are among the poorest in the country and of whom we hear precious little) but the concentration of wealth and influence in that city.feedback

Hani al-Masri

President Abbas realizes that President Trump will ask him to be humble in his demands because 'you are weak and Gaza is under Hamas control and you have troubles inside Fatah.feedback

Fahd Abu Sultan

After God, the country [Gaza] depends on the salaries of the employees.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This day is special because the Palestinian people are uniting behind the prisoners in their battle, their uprise against injustice. Today proves that, since 10 years, Gaza and the West Bank have united in one activity, today this has been achieved, which proves that the Palestinian people are united by struggle and resistance and are divided by politics.feedback

Fatima Hmeid

Hamas and Fatah are fighting with each other like kids and we are sitting in our homes with no electricity. What is our crime?feedback

Mkhaimar Abusada

This is a very regrettable decision on the part of the Palestinian Authority. We are already facing a catastrophic situation regarding electricity.feedback

Mahdi Abdul Hadi - Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs

Part of this is Abbas showing he is in control and he is the boss. The message to Hamas is: If you want to govern it, take it.feedback

Mkhaimar Abusada

If Abbas had resorted to such a decision in the first year, he may have avoided it going on for 10 years.feedback

Hazim Kassim - Hamas

It is a clear aggression. Abbas aims to blow up the situation in Gaza.feedback

Robert Piper - United Nations

With power outages at 20 hours a day and emergency fuel supplies running out, basic services are grinding to a halt.feedback

Rami al-Hamdallah

I think there is a golden and historic chance to regain the unity of our people. Hamas should relinquish control of Gaza. Let whoever wins rule.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

Israel also has a significant responsibility to assist by facilitating the entry of materials for repairs and maintenance of the grid and power plant. Egyptian power lines to Gaza also need to be repaired and upgraded. The social, economic and political consequences of this impending energy crisis should not be underestimated. Palestinians in Gaza, who live in a protracted humanitarian crisis, can no longer be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures.feedback

Ghassan Khatib

Hamas says it does not collect enough from the electricity bills because people in Gaza are poor. They believe the Palestinian Authority should pay part or most of the cost. The PA says that does not make sense, that Hamas is governing Gaza while the PA is paying for Gaza.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

I am following with great concern the tense situation in Gaza, where a new energy crisis is now unfolding. The authorities in Gaza must ensure that collection rates are improved and that revenue collected in Gaza is returned to the legitimate Palestinian authorities in order to keep fuel and electricity supply flowing.feedback

Ashraf al-Qidra

Should we have the proper medications and equipment, our doctors would be capable of handling the treatment of many patients. The ban not only worsens health conditions of those patients but some had actually died waiting.feedback

Jamila Alewa

The major difficulties are known, as they are mainly financial problems because of the siege. The poor financial conditions of families (means they) cannot take responsibility for their children who suffer from cerebral palsy or provide them with medical care such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy.feedback

Abdul-Latif Qanou

This is an unjust and non-national decision that aims at creating crises and tightening the grip on our people in the Gaza Strip.feedback

Yousif al-Mahmoud

Without this step, the government cannot pay the salaries of its employees.feedback

Rizq al-Haddad

This cut has worsened our situation. I don't know how I will get by until the end of the month. Shall I beg?feedback

Alon Eviatar

For five days have Hamas have been searching and they have not found any answers. But they cannot leave this issue without taking any action.feedback

Amos Yadlin

Hamas could decide that Fuqaha was assassinated by Israel and retaliate, and then we will retaliate to the retaliation and we could very quickly in another clash very quickly.feedback

Ibrahim Ad-Madhoun - Hamas

He was listed by the Israeli security bodies and his name was mentioned many times before but what is surprising is the way the assassination was conducted. It is the first time that Israel has operated in such way in the Gaza Strip.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

We have received no financial support from anyone. I buy the balls and I make the bats.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

They know the rules now and they need to practise the game more and more. They are now good at throwing the ball and at catching it.feedback

Iman Mughaier

All of us share the same goal. To participate and represent the name of Palestine outside and show that there are sports for the girls in Gaza.feedback

Yisrael Katz

No Palestinian can oppose this, not Abu Mazen and not Hamas, because it gives them an opening to the world. In an absurd way, we are giving Hamas the keys to the world's largest prison.feedback

Arie Arnon - Aix Group

He wants a backdoor solution. The problem in Gaza is political, not technical.feedback

Yisrael Katz

I'm talking about an interim arrangement for 10 to 15 years that can lower violence and friction, loosen the reins on the population and let them develop.feedback

Yisrael Katz

The day he retires, I am running for head of Likud and prime minister.feedback

Nabil Shaath

We are capable of taking care of ourselves. All we need is for Israel to leave us alone and lift the siege on Gaza. Katz's idea is to build a place that will be easy for Israel to control. Israel is the main reason for the crisis in Gaza and it is the obstacle in the way of our development.feedback

Fadel Abu Heen

They think tramadol will change the reality and will make them feel at peace. They want to lose awareness and any feeling of reality.feedback

Ahmed Al-Qidra

It is a problem but not a phenomenon. We suffer from it just as most countries all over the world. I urge young people ... to give up bad friends, otherwise they will be destroyed like me. I was a respected man who knew a loser friend and I became a loser myself.feedback

Taleb Al Qadi

We work in a way that goes with our reality and nature. All Palestinians are used to living according to reality.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

If we compare it with a year ago, the situation or the relationship is better but it is not yet what is needed. The needs of our people are great, their need to travel, pursue education or treatment, attend to their businesses and families abroad, and also the need for open trade with Egypt. Egyptian intelligence is restoring its relationship with Hamas in accordance with certain guidelines, chief amongst them being that Hamas does not become a major gateway for threats from Gaza targeting Egypt's national security.feedback

Tareq Fahmy

We've gotten to a point now with Hamas where we're working on a framework on which to build for the coming period, and this will be contingent upon controlling the borders and the crossing will be open routinely. We're thinking of direct trade and all this is pivotal for our brothers in Hamas and the Gaza Strip, but ... trust-building processes don't take place overnight.feedback

Mazen Abu Reyala

We live like rats. Should I wait until we get burned? Or should I wait to return home and see that my children burned themselves because they lit candles.feedback

Tareq Lubbad

If no substantial solutions are found the crisis will escalate and hours without power will increase.feedback

Adel al-Mashwakhi

There is no work, no crossings, no food, no water to drink and also there is no electricity. Enough Hamas. Enough, enough, enough. We want electricity, we want electricity, we want electricity.feedback

Andres Thomsen

To do that you need to have targeted investments in young people, in women who will enter the labour market.feedback

Andres Thomsen

It will be very hard to imagine that you can create the right conditions for (economic) growth that can accommodate this dramatic population increase.feedback

Naser Jeldha

We have applied for permits and if we get them I intend to travel with my family.feedback

Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

If we will leave them as they are, people from Daesh can recruit them easily. They can start operations from there easily. It (Gaza) can transform also as a launching pad for extremism and for terrorism ... That's why we need to put an end to this.feedback

Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

We believe this will be a step for having some relief for the people of Gaza. Forgetting Palestine – postponing it until later – will be much riskier.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas rejects the court's decision that divides the Palestinian people and will consult with other factions on how to confront it.feedback

Shimon Peres

Obviously we weren't interested in any wars. We don't consider the people of Gaza as our enemies. I know, I saw also the pictures which are coming from Gaza. They are terrible. But one that can stop them are the people themselves, are the people of Gaza, are the terrorists.feedback

Hisham Baker

Many fishermen have quit. And we are afraid many others may follow.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

Israel "will not relent until the U.N. and other aid organizations begin to track and follow every dollar that enters the Gaza Strip.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

We hold (Israel) responsible for the escalation in the Gaza Strip and we stress that its aggression will not succeed in breaking the will of our people and dictate terms to the resistance.feedback

Salah Al-Bardaweek - Hamas

The Palestinian people and the resistance can overcome all the obstacles made by the occupation.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

This is an important and hopeful signal for the stability of the region. The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts. It is a collective punishment for which there must accountability.feedback

Binali Yildirim

With this deal, our relations with Israel will be normalised. After the Mavi Marmara incident, the embargo which is currently in force in Gaza will be lifted on large scale. This has been achieved through Turkish leadership. The most important thing is Israel has apologised to us about the incident in 2010.feedback

Adham Abu Silmeyyeh

It's a pure act of piracy the Israeli navy has carried out against a ship sailing under a Netherlands flag, on a humanitarian mission in international waters. What happened is an act of terror and piracy against all rules of international law. It amounts to a war crime perpetrated by Israel against 13 international activists. We do not know anything about them so far because contact has been cut off since then.feedback

Peter Lerner

We suspect that the ... mortars that were fired at the soldiers at several locations (were) perhaps a result of Hamas identifying that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is closing in on its assets.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

We do not seek conflict, but if Hamas tries to provoke the State of Israel and disrupt the lives of residents of the Gaza periphery communities, it will be dealt a very strong blow.feedback

David Grossman

For example, you will find among the Hamas, people who say that they are for a 'houdnah.' A houdnah is an Arabic term for a long ceasefire that by the way they can break when it suits them. But I look for the far distance and I say OK, maybe if we have a houdnah with the Palestinians in Gaza, with the Hamas, for 10, 20, 25 years, maybe things will change also there.feedback

Eric Van Hove

This Caterpillar engine has interested me for a while now because it's a civilian engine, made for construction, but it's been used in warfare, in war zones since the Vietnam war. In Iraq and all the wars until now it's been used. And the piece in the Biennale, more specifically the D9T, which is one type of Caterpillar engine that is used in the West Bank and in Gaza.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

The resistance factions are in a state of ongoing preparation underground, above ground, on land and sea. East of Gaza City, heroes are digging through rock and building tunnels, and to the west they are experimenting with rockets every day. The resistance continues on its path of liberation of the land.feedback

Isaac Herzog

What are the prime minister and defense minister waiting for? For terrorists to surface with guns drawn?feedback

Shai Cohen

We have something like eight or nine hundred trucks coming into Gaza on a daily basis and this number can be extended if needed and we are more than willing to enable Turkey to play that role. So the sea blockade is actually a non issue in our eyes, in our view. And I believe that we already are beyond this point of disagreement with the Turkish authorities.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's absolute commitment is to fight this evil, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. We have to calm spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism.feedback

Eyal Weizman

We are like architectural detectives. What we do is that we go into war zones, into situations where human rights were violated or war crimes were alleged to have taken place and we look at the traces that that violence leaves on buildings.feedback

Khader Adnan

And today they have made a mistake freeing me unusually early in the day, thinking that this would stifle Palestinian joy. It is a cowardly act by the occupier who is afraid of the joy and love that Palestinians have for their prisoners.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The real result a year after the war in Gaza is that it is hard to defeat Gaza, or defeat Hamas. This makes all the interested international parties maintain the truce. This makes us feel the spectre of war is far away from Gaza.feedback

Martin Lejeune

The real failure would be never to try and break and blockade on Gaza. The attempt to break the blockade is in itself a success.feedback

Aissa Boukanoun

The freedom Flotilla 3,did not succeed in breaking the blockade on Gaza. Participants on this boat said that they were not informed that they were only expected to escort Marianne. They feel deceived, because they left Marianne alone in its attempt to break the siege. Organisers say they are preparing for a Flotilla 4, in the autumn.feedback

Martin Lejeune

I was told that I am a journalist that is going to take part in a mission that is going to break the siege of Gaza. But (in) at the end we were just an escort boat and we even failed to escort Marianne because we did not reach Marianne before it was captured.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

They chose to come and protest in the State of Israel, the only real democratic state in the Middle East which is fighting against terrorists who deliberately fire at Israeli citizens and deliberately hide behind Palestinian civilians. Therefore, this flotilla is a demonstration of hypocrisy.feedback

Luis Carballo

The journey taken by the new flotilla has been similar to previous stops here in the Israeli port of Ashdod. Except this time, it occurred without violence. But the criticism is always the same: why does Israel insist on maintaining a blockade that harms the people of Gaza and not Hamas?feedback

Charlie Andreasson

It is very important to use non violence resistance to give them no excuse to use violence against us. If they are going to use violence towards us or against us to stop us on international waters THEY are breaking the law not us.feedback

Mary McGowan Davis

The attacks on homes and families, which led to a large number of family members dying together, when their homes were struck in the middle of the night, or as they were gathering for the Iftar meal – these attacks had particular consequences for children: around 550 children died last summer in Gaza, during the fighting.feedback

Ihab Bseiso

The Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah has been calling for a reshuffle of the government for the last few months, particularly after the war in Gaza, which really needed a reshuffle to expand the government to meet all the needs for the people, particularly our people in Gaza Strip after the Israeli war.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

This document is the Israeli occupation's attempt to exonerate itself from its crimes in Gaza, It's an Israeli attempt to control the international narrative in anticipation of the report that the (UN) Human Rights Council is issuing.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

If someone wants to know the truth he should read our report . Whoever wants a baseless, automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.feedback

Nabil Shurafa

Gaza was like a duty-free zone, with Egyptians coming to buy goods brought by merchants from Lebanon.feedback

Tal Schneider

We felt and we experienced a rise in the price of housing and goods in the last five, six years and that is all people talk about… Obviously we are eight months after a devastating war (in Gaza) so they do talk about security issues, but they hardly talk about the Iranian issue. That was a thing put on the agenda by the prime minister.feedback

Meryem Sayaca

How dare Turkey send boats to Gaza and make friends with Hamas when its own house is on fire, when they are sending our kids to jail and we have no hope? We empathize with the Palestinians, but are we not Muslims, too?feedback

Christopher Gunness

At 2.30 yesterday armed men forced their way into our warehouse, one of our warehouses in Gaza, and they took 25 plus blankets and over 400 food parcels. I condemn this in the strongest terms and demand that this be returned.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

It's no secret that the US declares Hamas a terrorist organisation, and that we have been troubled by the fact that Hamas did what they did in Gaza against legitimate Palestinian institutions, against the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian Authority. (But) We will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

The activists of the Mavi Marmara are determined to continue to put pressure. It seems that the Istanbul courthouse will be the scene of more Mavi Marmara demonstrations.feedback

Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu

This case is symbolic. It will show that despite the present structure of the United Nations and the international system, even Israelis who see themselves as above the law, cannot act arbitrarily and will be tried.feedback

Yigal Palmor

How can this be a trial if the so-called accused have not even been notified or informed that they are going to be accused or that there are going to be charges pressed against them, or what nature of the charges even is. One thing is certain, this is a trial taken right out of a Kafka novel.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

There was non-stop noise in front of the justice building during the hearing. Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against Israel, calling for justice.feedback

Abdullah Gul

Wait a minute. I must explain this important question. When Hamas carries out a terrorist attack, we condemn it. But don't forget what Israel has done in Gaza. They killed between 1,300 and 1,800 people ..this is something we can never accept. So if you are comparing Hamas and the PKK you are making a big mistake.feedback

Jimmy Carter

Last night I called about a checkpoint near Ramallah where people were being held up and it was immediately opened. I have Sharon's private number and during the day if anything arises I can call him.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

It is unacceptable for citizens on both sides to permanently live in fear of the next aerial attack.feedback

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

I'm deeply distressed that many Muslims have seen the drawings in the Danish newspaper as a defamation of the Prophet Mohammed. I know that this was not the intention of the newspaper, the newspaper has apologised for that and I do hope that we can find a solution.feedback

Mark Regev

Israel has accepted the extension of the ceasefire. All along we have been ready for an unconditional extension of the ceasefire. But the problem has been Hamas. They are the wild card. They have violated or rejected ten specific ceasefires and we saw that again last night.feedback

Azzam Ahmed

In the closing moments it was agreed to extend the ceasefire for for five more days. It will begin at midnight [local time] tonight and will end on Monday. Instead of 72 hours, it is 120 hours.feedback

Yasar Kutlay

According to Israel, during the Gaza flotilla episode, in one way or another, our organisation was said to use dirty tricks, dirty relationships.feedback

Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbours within internationally recognised borders.feedback

George W. Bush

At the same time, Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. This means that Israel must remove unauthorised posts and stop settlement expansion.feedback

Robert Serry

Much of Gaza's infrastructure has now been destroyed. The death and injury toll in Gaza continues to mount. Hamas rockets are now reaching 40 kilometres into Israel. Protection of civilians, the fabric of Gaza, the future of the peace process and regional stability are all trapped between the irresponsibility of Hamas rocket attacks and the excessiveness of Israel's response.feedback

Claudio Mairovich

In terms of security, nothing has changed. Our experience tells us that this ceasefire is like trying to start an engine that has been stopped for a long time. It takes some time. Ceasefires are generally broken, then a couple of hours or days pass… We're realistic about security and wait to see how the truce develops.feedback

Claudio Mairovich

These shelters were built some time ago. They are close to the bus stop where the children leave for school every morning. We've added more and more of these shelters. We need enough to protect 40 to 50 kids. Being this close to Gaza we just have seven seconds between hearing the alarm and a rocket landing in the kibbutz.feedback

Luis Carballo

Since 1949, this kibbutz just two kilometres from Gaza has seen a lot of wars – followed by ceasefires that are broken. It's almost always the same story. Experience reminds the kibbutz members that agreements on paper don't always match reality. This kibbutz, like all of them in this area, is staying on maximum alert.feedback

Ephraim Eitam

Maybe technically tomorrow there will be a majority and of course it's a very sad and dangerous day for the state of Israel but I'm sure that this government will not last long.feedback

Mark Regev

We don't want to see more rockets, we don't want to see any more terror tunnels. So we have to make sure that Hamas cannot rebuild its very formidable terrorist military machine. In the longer term of course we have to talk about demilitarising the Gaza Strip.feedback

Bassam al-Salhi

We are comfortable with the mediation of our Egyptian brothers and hope that this Egyptian position will lead to an Arab and international agreement, which in turn leads to actual international pressure on Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

That's right. It was the al Aqsa hospital, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. It's important because it serves at least five refugee camps, which is to say tens of thousands of people. Part of it was damaged, notably the operating room. I've been told that the survivors were gathered in the hall. Furthermore, it seems that mortar fire today has been falling around the hospital area again.feedback

Didier Burnod

The offensive has lasted for two weeks. Yesterday we talked about the great difficulties in Gaza's hospitals. Since one was hit by a bomb that's got worse.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Some people were trying to seek refuge in this building, after fleeing from areas considered to be more dangerous. But the line between risky zones and safe zones no longer makes sense for the inhabitants, who don't know anymore where to go to avoid death.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas, the Islamic resistance, welcomes the decision by the Turkish government to expel the Israeli ambassador, and considers this a natural reply to the attack against the volunteers on the flotilla, who were protesting against the blockade of Gaza.feedback

Jaffa Gate

The reticence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a massive attack against Hamas in Gaza is seen as a sign of weakness by parts of Israeli society. They say being cautious won't stop the missiles and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are going to celebrate the revolution that started to bring about the victory. This final victory will certainly come, and, God willing, we'll meet very soon in Gaza, glorious Gaza.feedback

Luis Carballo

Ariel Sharon's order to expel Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005 left an indelible scar here. Eight and a half years after these people were thrown out of their homes, they still remain in limbo.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

There is no doubt that what is happening in Gaza is a coup, an uprising against the law. We are well aware of the seriousness of the situation between Fatah and Hamas.feedback

Ahmad Matar

Our message to the world is that in spite of the destruction and the occupation in Gaza, we play over the ruins because people like to watch us play.feedback

Gordon Brown

We recognise that this ceasefire must mean that actions are taken against arms smuggling and arms trafficking. And we have written to you, Mr. Prime-Minister (Olmert) to say that we will do everything to help stop the supply of arms by land and by sea.feedback

Abu Ahmed

We in the military wing of Islamic Jihad will take action after this violation. We will take revenge in a way that the enemy will understand. We are not speaking about a ceasefire, we're speaking about defence. Our act will be as strong as the crime that took place today.feedback

John Bolton

The draft resolution before the Council was unbalanced. It placed demands on one side in the Middle East conflict but not the other. This draft resolution would have exacerbated tensions in the region and would have undermined our vision of two democratic states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.feedback

Ayman Daragmeh - Hamas

The current situation in Gaza requires an Arab and Palestinian stand. Statements condemning Hamas and holding it responsible don't help the Palestinian people and are inappropriate given the number of casualties.feedback

Shimon Peres

Let the Gazians decide their own destiny, their own situation. Any attempt by Israel to intervene there will put Israel in an impossible situation.feedback

Saeb Erekat

It's very alarming and very dangerous what's taking place in Gaza, these clashes and these fights… more than 22 dead. Gaza is gone down the drain and chaos and lawlessness and those who rule by the sword will know that the sword will always be the communication language.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

All the people here are in shock. But all tell us that a new ceasefire would solve nothing as they say the blockade that suffocates Gaza still wont be lifted.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

The rockets bound for Israel barely affect the hustle and bustle of this busy Gaza market. But people tell us that everyday life has been severely disrupted for a long time. Many believe that only weapons can change their fate, something international diplomacy has so far failed to do.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

At the same time that it is talking to world powers, at the same time that Iran is smiling and saying all kinds of honeyed words, that same Iran is sending lethal weaponry to terrorist organisations and it is doing so in a complex web of covert, worldwide operations.feedback

Peter Lemer

The M302 is its most advanced model can strike over 100 miles and, if they would have reached Gaza, ultimately that would have meant millions of Israelis under threat.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

It appears once again that Iran continues to be the biggest exporter of terrorism in the world.feedback

Danny Ayalon

Israel does not need any admonition from the international community. We keep our high standards on morality, and the fact that we took disciplinary action against very high and senior officers is just the proof.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Today we've sent a clear message to Hamas and to other terrorist organisations and if there is a need, the Israeli Defence Forces are prepared to widen the operation. We will continue to do everything to defend our citizens.feedback

Avital Leibovich

All the options are on the table, including the possibility of a ground operation, we have alerted some of our reserve units and we are considering our next steps currently. We are striking various targets from the air, targets of either caches of rockets, storage's of rockets, underground tunnels used to store rockets and other targets.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Israeli attacks are aimed at breaking Palestinian resistance and the will of the Palestinian people. They will not succeed. Resistance is capable of protecting the Palestinian people and of teaching the enemy a lesson so they will no longer commit this type of crime again.feedback

Robert Turner

For building material to be available we have to have the Palestinian Authority's national consensus government on the ground. We need to have them controlling the crossings, controlling the men in streets, that needs to happen before there will be any building material. Hopefully, in the Conference in Cairo, the donors will be generous on that, but I think there is a real concern that in the absence of any political solution, why rebuild?feedback

Alon Liel

I think Turkey and Israel can fight not because of Gaza or Lebanon, but over Cyprus. Arguments over the rights of gas and oil reserves, its shipping, demarcation of territorial waters may cause conflict. Both navies know each other, this may help to overcome crisis but it is possible for the two countries to enter into an armed conflict.feedback

George W. Bush

We talked about the Middle East and we are concerned about the violence we see in Gaza. We strongly urge the parties to work towards a two-state solution- we're looking forward to continuing to work on this issue.feedback

Saeb Erekat

I can't go deeply into the details of negotiations, but what must be constructed under the legitimacy of international law is clear and specific. A Palestinian state has no meaning without announcing East Jerusalem as its capital, and there is no Palestine without the Gaza strip as a part of it. Gaza means the Mediterranean and total incorporation. We are the same people. We cannot end this struggle without finding a solution for the refugee issue, referring to UN resolution 194.feedback

Ahmed Qureia

No doubt it's a very dangerous act that targets one of the Palestinian security leaders who has a history in this field. It's a real violation against the security of Palestinians. This morning we called all the security leaders that are in regular meetings, President Abbas, myself in the very early morning, together with the security leaders.feedback

Alan Johnston

The last 16 weeks of course are just the very worst you can imagine of my life. It was like being buried alive, really, removed from the world, and occasionally terrifying.feedback

Alan Johnston

We were in the hands of people who were dangerous and unpredictable, and always frightening because you didn't know when it might end.feedback

Paul Hirschson

I think that we should look forward and see how we can do two things. On the one hand how we can demilitarize de Gaza strip, and on the other hand how we can rebuild and bring a better life to the people of Gaza and the relationship between ourselves and them.feedback

Ehud Olmert

As a result of an incident which has not yet been thoroughly checked, seven family members were killed. We express our deep regret for this.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

The bombing is dictating how Ramadan will be marked this year in Gaza. Despite speculation, few doubt their prayers will be enough to silence the shelling for good. Whatever happens, the festival of Eid will be one of bitterness.feedback

Alex Guttman

A ceasefire this time, the second time or the third time, maybe, is like giving another bullet to someone that tried to kill you on the first time and missed.feedback

John Kerry

We still have terminology in the context of the framework to work through, but we are confident that we have a fundamental framework can, and will, ultimately work.feedback

Laurent Fabius

All of us want to achieve, as quickly as possible, a lasting negotiated ceasefire, which meets Israel's security needs and the needs of the Palestinians, in terms of economic and social development, and access to the Gaza territory.feedback

Zeinab al-Ghoneimi

It's a continuation of the culture of separation, under the guise of a ban on mixing. And according to the minister of education and those who brought in this rule it's beneficial for society.feedback

Waleed Mezher

We have had many discussions with teachers and education experts, and they all recommended this system which separates boys and girls from the age of nine in school.feedback

Karen Tzafati

We knew this was going to happen. We told the world, we told everybody, nobody wanted to listen, so it's not a surprise to us.feedback

Saeb Erekat

The focal point now should be the total cessation of Israeli hostilities and attacks against Gaza. Gaza is the most densely populated area on earth, 1.5 million people facing a dire human catastrophe. No running water, no electricity, no medical supplies and I believe the international community should do the decent thing and should shoulder the responsibility by stopping the Israeli attacks.feedback

Bernard Kouchner

We are really very anxious about the situation, about the people in Gaza. And we were in agreement, together with Madam Secretary of State to make [sic] pressure on both sides to open the crossing. The Gaza people, they need so called humanitarian assistance.feedback

Christopher Gunness

These are people who have taken shelter in a UN designated area. The warring parties, particularly the Israelis, were given the precise GPS coordinates. They knew exactly what was going on there, and in spite of that, this has happened.feedback

Yigal Palmor

Why is this fighting going on and why do we see the pictures that we see? I think there is a simple explanation that was provided by the EU foreign ministers in their statement a couple of days ago. Hamas is using its own civilians, Palestinian civilians as human shields.feedback

Moussa Abu Marzouk

We announce a ceasefire of our factions in the Gaza Strip and we stress that our demand is the withdrawal of the enemy forces from the Gaza Strip within a week, along with the opening of all the crossings for the entry of humanitarian aid, food and other essentials for the people of the Gaza Strip.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

President Abbas has exercised his lawful authority as president of the Palestinian Authority and as leader of the Palestinian people. I'd remind everyone, he was elected in 2005 by a large margin and we fully support him.feedback

Salam Az-Zaghal

He felt injustice and the hard reality in which we live, the lack of employment opportunities frustrates him, oppression compels a person to commit anything, and as you see we live in very difficult economic circumstances.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Israeli settlers have expressed anger in many areas of the West Bank. This is accompanied by the heavy tightening of security at the barriers and checkpoints which separate Palestinian cities and Israeli settlements to prevent any possible friction between the two sides.feedback

Miguel Angel Moratinos

The intention is to have a group of three Israeli personations, I think it's a good step because that gives it a sense of credibility and I think it's a good step.feedback

Beatrice Megevand Roggo - International Committee of the Red Cross

The worst impact of the closure is that the economy of Gaza has been completely destroyed. Actually Gaza does not have an economy any longer. People are surviving thanks to the external assistance that comes in.feedback

Richard Falk

The overall ratio of deaths: 1,434 on the Palestianan side, 13 on the Israeli side, is suggestive of the one sidedness of the military encounter and provides a basis for challenging the legality of initiating a military assault with modern weaponry against an essentially defenceless society.feedback

Amr Moussa - Arab League

This blockade which we are all here to confront must be lifted and must be broken and the Arab League's decision is very clear in this regard.feedback

Yossi Melman

If even friendly governments (to Israel) no longer defend Israel vis-à-vis its policy, or lack of policy, regarding the peace talks, the Palestinians, the peace talks with Syria, the siege of Gaza, the blockade of Gaza, then even Mossad is affected and cannot get away with what it has got away with in the past.feedback

Ismail Haniyah

We are also not against the return of Europeans to the Rafah crossing but we reject any Israeli presence there.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

There is no moral symmetry, there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the terrorist organisations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime: they fire at Israeli civilians and they hide behind Palestinian civilians – and by contrast Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The one-sided announcement by the Israeli occupation to end the fighting means nothing for us in Hamas. We are not asking for an end to the fighting but to the injustices inflicted on the Palestinians in Gaza.feedback

Egidia Beretta

Vittorio would always use the slogan 'Let's remain human.' He would say it even in the most difficult situations. When I used to ask him: 'How can you and how can we remain human?' he would reply 'Because in spite of everything, humanity must always be inside us and we have to bring it to others.feedback

Giorgio Marchi

I'm even more sorry because he was a volunteer who was certainly not there to fight wars but trying to find a new solution there. Unfortunately I think he was not the first and he will not be the last to meet this fate.feedback

Ihab Hussein

The Palestinian government condemns this ugly crime which does not reflect our morals and traditions. We will continue to pursue all members of this group, arrest them and implement the law against them.feedback

Christian Tomuschat

The fact-finding mission rejected the Israeli viewpoint that the entire governmental infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including the legislative council building, was a legitimate target.feedback

Aharon Leshno Yaar

Today we had another manifestation of how Israel cannot get a fair hearing in this Human Rights Council. There is no respect of human rights in our neighbourhood, in the Arab countries, but this is the Human Rights Council and I don't have any expectations from this council unfortunately.feedback

Reuven Rivlin

I am not so sure. We have learnt, and the experience of Israel shows, that after letting the Hamas people become a political movement, they gained the majority, and are ruling the streets of Gaza. People are saying that in the next election they will rule the places of Judea and Samaria, which means the West Bank.feedback

Mark Regev

From now on, all items, all goods can enter in the Gaza strip, except those, weapons and other military items, duel use items, that can be used by the Hamas military machine.feedback

Jamal Khoudari - Hamas

They will not make any change in the land without opening all the existing points between Gaza and Israel. Israel wants to send a message only to the world. Israel wants to talk only without doing anything on the land.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I emphasise the importance for the Israeli government to create a politically conducive atmosphere.feedback

Hamid Karzai

Today we, the Muslim world, especially the people of Afghanistan, remember the people of Palestine, in Gaza, who are suffering such brutality. They are being killed night and day.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The resistance has the right to defend itself. I think Israel is the only loser in all these criminal actions, because there are no reasons to carry out an attack against any Palestinian leader in Gaza while people are celebrating the release of prisoners.feedback

Ehud Olmert

I'm sure that you, just like me, are sending warm regards from here to the residents of Southern Israel, who will live with God's help and with the help of the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli security forces, and that rest will finally arrive.feedback

Christopher Gunness

It is virtually impossible to run or to do large scale planning for such a humanitarian operation. We feed more than 750,000 people in Gaza. The World Food Programme feeds over 200,000 people in Gaza. We do cash distributions to 94,000 people. To conduct an aid operation of this scale, given the drip drip drip, on and off policy of supplies into Gaza, it's become virtually impossible.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

I call on all the Palestinian factions and their military wings to remain on high alert, to take on the responsibility of defending the Palestinian people, and to target the Zionists deeply with fierce and severe attacks.feedback

Robert Turner

What happened today was completely unacceptable: the situation could very easily have resulted in serious injuries to UNRWA staff and to the demonstrators. This escalation, apparently pre-planned, was unwarranted and unprecedented.feedback

Ariel Sharon

I have no regrets. Even if I had known ahead of time the extent of the resistance, I would have done it anyway.feedback

Ranaan Gissin

I would say there is really overwhelming evidence to point out that this was not an Israeli shell that hit them but rather I would say explosives that were placed there or planted there by the Palestinians for other purposes. Again, (this is) the cynical use of the death of innocent civilians caused by the action taken by (the) Hamas government.feedback

Ahmad Habash

You know, when we talk about a love story and we are talking about a real person, we reach this sensitive issue. It's not maybe sensitive for any other culture but you know in Palestinian culture, in Gaza, in a refugee camp, it's not something forbidden or doesn't happen. It happens every day, but when you expose a real character, and you make an unreal love story to it this is going to be be a little bit sensitive.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

The ceasefire will end tomorrow, on the 19th, and there is no way back. The one who asked for a truce did not respect it. The Zionists destroyed it.feedback

Zeev Rotstein

We are not prophets. So we cannot see the future, but according to his situation and looking at the trend of deterioration, it doesn't give us good signs for the future.feedback

Isamel Saleh

They're closed and even though the salaries have arrived, they're refusing to give them to us. We ask them 'Why?! We want salaries just like you do.' They say, The agreement only happened yesterday. You will be paid next month.feedback

Avital Leibovitz

The decision was based on evidence that the soldier who is serving as a designated marksman deliberately targeted an individual walking with a group of people waving a white flag without being authorised or ordered to do so.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

My policy and instructions are clear: we will strike anybody that plans to strike us, tries to strike us or actually does hit us. The Israeli Army is dealing these terror organisations very heavy blows.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

Hamas has not taken any decision to escalate. It is trying to reach a truce, conditioned on the Israeli enemy halting aggression.feedback

Javier Solana

I think that everybody in Israel and Palestine will have to be aware of the difficulties of the moment. To maintain the calm will be the most beneficial for everybody.feedback

Salah Al-Bardawil - Hamas

Despite a difference in points of view and a difference in translating events, it should never lead to any form of violence, verbal or actual violence. So we regret these events and we hope they never get repeated.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

It is genocide committed by the Zionist regime. It is a catastrophe of history. Those who support the people responsible for these crimes must be condemned. The whole world, above all the Islamic world, must arm the Palestinians.feedback

Nidal Aljerbi

There were at least seven children playing. They were hit and died on the spot. Another three men were sat over there, they were also hit. The children were playing and were happy, enjoying festival of Eid, and they got hit.feedback

Mohammed Saad

If there is no power, there is no treatment. I will become breathless and unable to move. If the electricity goes down, what can we do. We belong to God and to him we shall return.feedback

Abu el Rish

Power is expected to go out completely, because what we have will only last a few days. That threatens a number of hospital departments, especially intensive care, dialysis, pediatrics and surgery all these are threatened with collapse.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Don't listen to the voices of the extremists that want a continuation of the occupation. You are looking for stability for your sons and grandsons. I hope [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon understands that it's not only Gaza – the West Bank is also still occupied.feedback

Ismail Haniyah

Don't accept to go in an other direction than Gaza. You must continue until your reach the goal for which you came.feedback

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