Yasser Arafat

This is my homeland no one can kick me out.
Yasser Arafat

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

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.
Yasser Arafat

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

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.
Yasser Arafat

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

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.
Yasser Arafat

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

The Palestinian Rifle is ready and we will aim it if they try to prevent us from praying in Jerusalem.
Yasser Arafat

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

It’s always convenient for certain people to heap accusations on Israel.
Yasser Arafat

Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart.
Yasser Arafat

The Palestinians, whose national cause guards the gates of Arab-Israeli peace, look forward like their Arab brethren to that comprehensive, just, and lasting peace based on ‘land for peace’ and compliance with international legitimacy and resolutions.
Yasser Arafat

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.
Yasser Arafat

The Arabs are looking forward to developing their region, which the long years of war had prevented from finding its true place in today’s world, in an atmosphere of democracy, pluralism, and prosperity.
Yasser Arafat

We started the peace process on the basis of land for peace and on the basis of U.N. resolution 242 and 338,1 as well as other international decisions on achieving the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
Yasser Arafat

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.
Yasser Arafat

I call on Russia and the United States of America, the cosponsors of the peace conference, to help the peace process take bigger steps by contributing to the process and helping to overcome all obstacles.
Yasser Arafat

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.
Yasser Arafat

As long as we have decided to coexist in peace, we must do so on a firm basis that will withstand time and for generations.
Yasser Arafat

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.
Yasser Arafat

I assure you, Ladies and Gentlemen, that we shall discover ourselves in peace more than we have with war and confrontation, as I am sure that the Israelis, in turn shall find themselves in peace more than they have found it in war.
Yasser Arafat

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.
Yasser Arafat

Though I am not a chief of state, I must work twice as hard as one because I have to both administer a bureaucracy and run a revolution.
Yasser Arafat

We totally and absolutely renounce all forms of terrorism.
Yasser Arafat

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