Atlanta Journal Constitution
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Margaret Coker, 2/19/06): Haniyeh, an articulate and sophisticated man in his early 40s, is known for his pragmatism. According to friends and family, he is the right man for the daunting task of unifying Palestinians and confronting Israel in the quest to establish an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
: Hamas has repeatedly made clear—in its charter, in public appearances by its leaders, and elsewhere—that it seeks to destroy all of Israel and replace it with an Islamic state.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Austin American-Statesman from Cox News Service Article by Margaret Coker, 6/18/05): The withdrawal from Gaza will leave approximately 250,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Sharon says he has no intention of evacuating them ...
: In the months before this article was published, Ariel Sharon did not say he has no intention of evacuating any of the West Bank settlers. On the contrary, he strongly implied that some of these settlers would be evacuated. He said the following during a Jan. 11, 2005 address to the foreign press corps:
... When Israel – and I hope that we'll be able to do it soon – has to follow the roadmap, Israel will not be able to hold all the Jewish communities ....
If it will be quiet and I have said it many many times: for genuine, durable, real peace, Israel is ready to make painful concessions. Why painful? Because these concessions are in areas which are the cradle of the Jewish people....
(Q: Mr. Prime Minister, you have often been talking about painful concessions towards the Palestinians, also today. Can you be more specific, can you give us examples?)
The areas that we speak about are areas in Samaria and Judea, or as you will refer to the as the West Bank. If you know the Bible, you do not need a guide book in this country, because you can hold the Bible and all the names, biblical names, are them. Jerusalem is Yerushalayim and the Jordan is Hayarden and Jericho is Jericho and Bethlehem is Bethlehem and Hebron is Hevron .... So when you see all these things and you see all those names, then you understand why it's painful.... And the Jewish people as Jews have existed for 4,000 years and never left this country. Therefore, it is painful, but painful steps will have to be taken.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution, Larry Kaplow, 8/19/02 ): Anger between the two groups [Arab and Jews] goes way back. King David, who was Jewish and is famous in a Bible story for killing the giant Goliath with a slingshot, based his kingdom in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago.
: The Arab-Israeli conflict emerged in modern times and Jewish presence on the land predates that of Muslims or Arabs by more than a thousand years. Goliath was not Muslim nor Arab so the fight for Jerusalem is not an ancient Arab-Israeli conflict.