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The Arab World is writing a new future;
by Abdallah II

The Arab World is writing a new future;
the pen is in our own hands.
- Abdallah II

Historic changes and challenges.
Breakthroughs in human knowledge and opportunity.
And yet, for vast numbers across the globe,
the daily realities have not altered.
- Abdallah II

Together, we can create a world in which peace is real;
in which every human being can thrive;
in which all share the promise of our century.
I believe we can succeed.
- Abdallah II

In our view, successful reform is not an event.
It is a sustainable process that will build on its own successes -
a virtuous cycle of change.
- Abdallah II

 

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists:
those who teach that global justice is meaningless;
that satisfaction can come only in violence,
division, and intellectual isolation.
- Abdallah II

When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope;
they are eager for opportunity; they are ready for better days.
And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed,
all nations lose.
- Abdallah II

I also argued before the war that the administration
was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism,
that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought.
- Juan Cole

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Don't forget we are in a state of war and no peace.
But it's very dynamic and challenging compared to the rest of the Arab world.
- Walid Jumblatt

How will decent people in the region ever believe in
peace if Arab terrorists interpret every gesture of
peace as a display of weakness and then act accordingly?
- Tom Lantos

The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater,
and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area,
and especially to Spain.
- Carroll Quigley

No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously
so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving
more by the way of violence.
- Yitzhak Rabin

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

Do not forget that the Arab countries,
starting with Algeria and Egypt, are the ones that
have paid the heaviest toll because of Islamic terror.
- Omar Bongo

I shook hands with a friendly Arab.
I still have my right arm to prove it.
- Spike Milligan

Fear is the main factor in Arab politics...
There is no Arab who is not harmed by Jews' entry into Palestine.
- Moshe Sharett

It was in our power to cause the Arab governments to
renounce the policy of strength toward Israel by turning
it into a demonstration of weakness.
- Moshe Dayan

We oppose occupation of land by force and we believe
in dialogue as the method for regaining Arab rights.
This is the spirit of the Great Arab Revolt.
- King Hussein I

Our ports are a vital link in national security and
it is extremely dangerous to be considering their sale
to the United Arab Emirates government.
- Joe Donnelly

A foreign ideology cannot be introduced into Chechnya -
were it through an Arab or al-Qaeda.
Our experience is rich and long enough for us to be
Muslims and know what jihad is.
- Aslan Maskhadov

I came to declare that I am a friend to Arabs,
at a time when it is not easy to be friend to Arabs,
because nowadays those who have ambitions and interests would not befriend Arab.
- George Galloway

The logical thing is to implement the Arab Defense Agreement.
- Bashar al-Assad

It was in our power to set high price for our blood,
a price too high for the Arab community,
the Arab army, or the Arab governments to think it worth paying.
- Moshe Dayan

Our ability to effectively engage China and the Arab
world rests on shared economic and political interests
and mutual understanding.
- Rick Larsen

To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy,
northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.
- Carroll Quigley

It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.
- Jack Schwartz

You couldn't have done this without killing an Arab prince.
- Michael Scheuer

Under the auspices of peace, our comprehensive renaissance will be built,
and it will be a model for those who wish to emulate
it in the greater Arab homeland.
- King Hussein I

Almost all Iraqis with any previous experience in the
intelligence business are Sunni Arab,
increasing the risk of penetration of the new intelligence
apparatus by the insurgency.
- Wayne White

We've got to recognize that when we march into Iraq,
we're setting up the card tables in front of every
university in the Arab world,
the Islamic world, to recruit for al-Qaida.
- Chris Matthews

As for the future, we are equally determined to explore
all possibilities of getting rid,
once and for all, of the huge Arab minority which originally threatened us.
- Moshe Sharett

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
in my convictions.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered,
Arabs celebrate the deed.
The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
- Theodore Bikel

The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab
world is different from that in Europe.
- William Odom

Any solution for the Iraqi problem cannot be reached
without Arabs and Arab participation.
- Amr Moussa

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

Hezbollah's contempt for human suffering is total,
as it showed once again this morning when its rockets
murdered two Israeli Arab children in Nazareth.
- Tom Lantos

If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died
of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
- I. F. Stone

Somebody was asking me the other day -
President Bush is now talking about freedom for the Arab world.
I say, well, that's great.
I was talking about that fifty years ago.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest.
Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the
Arab armies to conquer our land.
- Moshe Dayan

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel,
within secure borders.
- Nelson Mandela

For decades, the violence in the Middle East has claimed
a multitude of innocent civilian victims:
Men,
women and children, Arab and Israeli.
- John Conyers

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having
him simulate homosexual activity,
and having an American GI woman in the photographs,
is the end of society in their eyes.
- Seymour Hersh

When Arab apologists wring their hands over an Israeli military incursion,
they never mention what the Israelis are reacting to,
or else diminish and distort it.
- Jack Schwartz

One of the most widespread myths about the deal is
that the Administration is outsourcing the security
of our ports to a company from the United Arab Emirates.
- Kit Bond

There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

There is not one single place built in this country
that did not have a former Arab population.
- Moshe Dayan

I was outraged to learn that the president wanted to
outsource operations at some American ports to the United Arab Emirates.
- Francine Busby

When a 'Life of Brian' comes out with Muhammad in the lead role,
directed by an Arab equivalent of Theo van Gogh,
it will be a huge step forward.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

If they make the deadline because the Shiites and Kurds
essentially rammed a draft through over Sunni Arab objections,
there will be hell to pay.
- Wayne White

However, the resources at our people's disposal are
very few and we require assistance from the neighboring Arab countries,
and for weapons in order to fight the enemy.
- Ahmed Yassin

Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages.
You do not even know the names of these Arab villages,
and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist.
- Moshe Dayan

Public interest in most of the Middle East was slight at that time;
the Arab-Israeli conflict was all that people were
interested in and that was not my specialty.
- Juan Cole

All I wanted with that film was to represent the possibility
that there might be normal people who are Muslim or
Arab with the same fears,
responsibilities, hopes.
- Tony Shalhoub

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever.
- Muammar al-Gaddafi

We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts.
- April Glaspie

It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute
on a resolution track would be an important element
of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Every Arab nation votes against us at least two thirds of the time.
- Paul Weyrich

You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel.
Israel, militarily, is more powerful than you and maybe
it is more powerful than all the Arab countries,
or most of them.
- Bashar al-Assad

The world does not look to us in the Arab world out
of a healthy desire for knowledge.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Arab leaders worry more about making money from the
profits they get from oil and gas that they turn the
other way when Lebanon is being destroyed right next to them.
Their neighbours are being murdered,
but they only make calculations for their own benefit.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

The Arab world also won the Nobel with me.
I believe that international doors have opened,
and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also.
We deserve that recognition.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Two children of same cruel parent look at one another
and see in each other the image of the cruel parent
or the image of their past oppressor.
This is very much the case between Jew and Arab:
It's a conflict between two victims.
- Amos Oz

Israel would not do that, both because we cannot afford
to be accused by the world of aggression and because we cannot,
for security and social reasons, absorb in our midst
a substantial Arab population.
- Moshe Sharett

I hope that the mistakes made and suffering imposed
upon Japanese Americans nearly 60 years ago will not
be repeated against Arab Americans whose loyalties
are now being called into question.
- Daniel Inouye

The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently
involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians
has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel,
as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
- Barack Obama

It was, however, in the interest of Osama bin Laden
for us to destroy a secular Arab leader;
it was very much in the interest of the Iranians because
they wanted revenge against Saddam Hussein for Iraq's invasion in 1980.
- William Odom

The government would have preferred not to take a stand,
but the constant presence of the Israeli-Arab conflict
on our television screens made it an issue that could no longer be avoided.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

The Palestinians need more help from the Arab countries.
Since 1967, the world has learned that there is not
going to be real progress in the region until Palestine
gets something back that they had.
- Bruce Dern


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