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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Jerusalem should be a symbol of harmony, of peace between the three monotheistic faiths. A city closed to the any of the followers of the three monotheistic religions is a catastrophe


“Jerusalem is a city that unites Muslims, Christians and Jews in equality”

“Fifty seven states do not recognise Israel; that's a third of UN member-states. The reason is the continuation of the occupation and the absence of a peace settlement.”


Peace will not be achieved in this region unless the Palestinians gain their right to statehood, and Israel will not achieve real security unless the Palestinian people also achieve security and a decent life in an independent state


The solution to the conflict lies in an end to the occupation and in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on national Palestinian soil


“We do not have time to engage in yet another open-ended process. We have seen what comes of process without progress.”

“I cannot emphasise enough how important US partnership is, to help Israel accept the opening the Arab world has offered, work with us, and move forward.”

“The peace process must end, because we have reached the time for the end-game, in which all sides can win.”

“The Arab states should project a clear message to the world and to Israel that emphasises that Israel's security is tied to achieving peace with the Arab states, and this cannot happen until Israel accepts the Arab Peace Initiative and commits to its articles.”

The historical lesson of [the Karameh] battle… is that the solution and settlement of this issue cannot be realised either through war or an enforced solution. A solution will only be realised by returning rights to whom they are due.


“Real security for Israel will occur when it is a neighbour among neighbours, an economy among economies, a people among people working together towards the achievement of common goals and bright futures.”

What it comes down to, I think what history shows, is that people with the right conscience do not give up. As difficult and as dark it gets, we have to keep trying, and this is what we're saying, specifically on the Palestinian issue...


The security of all nations and the stability of our global economy are directly affected by the Middle East conflict. Across oceans, the conflict has estranged societies that should be friends. I meet Muslims thousands of miles away who have a deep, personal response to the suffering of the Palestinian people. They want to know how it is that ordinary Palestinians are still without rights and without a country. They ask whether the West really means what it says about equality and respect and universal justice…


We must work together to restore Palestine, a nation in despair and without hope. We must work together to restore peace, hope and opportunity to the Palestinian people. And in so doing, we will begin a process of building peace, not only throughout the region, but throughout the world…


Not one more generation should grow up thinking that violence and conflict are the norm...


The goal must be a peace in which all sides gain. It must be anchored in security and opportunity for all. It must be a peace that will free young Palestinians to focus on a future of progress and prosperity. It must be a peace that makes Israel a part of the neighbourhood, a neighbourhood that extends from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, across the breadth of the southern Mediterranean, to the coast of the Indian Ocean...


This court ruled, clearly, that the Palestinian territories are occupied… that the Palestinian people possess a legal right to self-determination, on Palestinian territory… and that the conflict will only be brought to an end when all relevant Security Council resolutions are, finally, implemented...


Events show clearly that there can be no unilateral solution to the conflict. There must be a genuine partnership among all parties, in the context of international legality and justice. Such a global partnership for peace is directly connected to the global partnership for development. Across the world, nations at peace are moving forward with economic growth and development: investing in education; building communities; helping to shape the future of the globe. But no nation succeeds in isolation. All nations, all people – especially our youth – must be able to share in a promising future...


The future of Israel is not to the Jordan River or to the Golan Heights... The future of the Israelis is peace integrated into the region… from Morocco on the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. That is the promise that the Israelis have. But to be able to do that, you have to have a Palestinian state…


As for the Palestinian issue, Jordan has steadfastly exerted all possible efforts to launch a peace process anew. Jordan also retained, without fail, consultation and liaison with its Arab brethren to realise the Arab Initiative, which received unanimous Arab endorsement. This initiative has stressed the imperative of an Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories occupied in 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, an agreed solution to the refugee problem based upon UN Resolution 194, and recognition of the Israeli security needs…