In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth.

Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat

Profession: President
Nationality: Palestinian

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Peace, for us, is an asset and in our interest. It is an absolute human asset that allows an individual to freely develop his individuality unbound by any regional, religious, or ethnic fetters.

Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.

Whoever stands by a just cause cannot possibly be called a terrorist.

How can I shave in the midst of guerrilla warfare? On battlefields, we have no facilities for shaving, and that was why I first grew my beard.

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.

I call on all the countries of the world, especially the donor countries, to speed up their contributions so that the Palestinian people may overcome their economic and social problems and proceed with reconstruction and the rebuilding of infrastructures.

Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.

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!

Our law is a Jordanian law that we inherited, which applies to both the West Bank and Gaza, and sets the death penalty for those who sell land to Israelis.

Confidence alone does not make peace, but acknowledging rights and confidence do. Failure to recognize these rights creates a sense of injustice; it keeps the embers burning under the ashes.

We totally and absolutely renounce all forms of terrorism.

The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine.

I would like to congratulate my partners in peace - Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel, and Mr. Shimon Peres, the Israeli Foreign Minister - on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It's always convenient for certain people to heap accusations on Israel.