Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, in a Oct. 8, 2000 interview with Washington Post columnist Lally Weymouth, when asked "Should there be a Palestinian state?," responded:
"As long as it is reached by an agreement, not a unilateral act, and there is no army there--just a demilitarized zone with restrictions on the size of the police force and the number of heavy weapons.
And there should be understandings and cooperation on the economy. If they should decide to make their area a free-trade zone, they could destroy us. There must be open borders between the Palestinian entity and Israel. Practically, there is a Palestinian state in creation. The Arabs should not take any unilateral steps, because Israel will have to annex those areas under our control."
Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, in his Nov. 12, 2004 remarks made with President Bush, released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, stated:
"If we want a viable Palestinian state, we need to make sure that the political, the economic, and the security infrastructure of that state is shaped and helped to come into being. We will mobilize international opinion and the international community in order to do that."
Yukio Sato, then Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, in a General Assembly emergency session on Dec. 20, 2001, stated:
"Japan sincerely hoped the day would soon come when two States, Israel and Palestine, could live together peacefully within secure and recognized borders. But no progress towards Middle East peace could be expected unless Israel and the Palestinian Authority ended the use of violence and made serious efforts to resume negotiations. Both parties must redouble their efforts to attain a lasting peace based on harmony and cooperation."
Dick Armey, PhD, former US House of Representatives Majority Leader (R-TX), in a May 1, 2002 Hardball interview with Chris Matthews, stated:
content to have Israel occupy the land it now occupies and to have
those people who have been aggressors against Israel retired to some
other area, and I would be happy to have them make a home. I would be
happy to have all of these Arab nations that have been so hell bent to
drive Israel out of the Middle East to get together, find some land and
make it a home for the Palestinians. I think it can be done."
Ze'ev B. Begin, PhD, son of the late Prime Minister Menahem Begin and former Member of the Israeli Knesset, in a 1991 Foreign Affairs article titled "The Likud Vision for Israel at Peace," wrote:
"Legitimate rights [of the Palestinians] do not include the right to establish another Arab state, especially as we know that such a state would eventually be established upon the ruins of the state of Israel.
We must make every effort to reach an agreement with our Arab neighbors based on mutual respect, but we must not yield to the false claim that such an agreement must be based on the fictitious recognition of a 'symmetry' between the rights of the Jewish nation and that small portion -- one percent -- of the Arab nation in the western Land of Israel."
Joseph Farah, Editor of World Net Daily, in a July 11, 2002 article titled "Palestinian People Do Not Exist," wrote:
the history of the world, Palestine has never existed as a nation. The
region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and
Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly by the British
after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the
land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never
ruled by Arabs as a separate nation."
Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst and commentator, in a Feb. 21, 2002 USA Today commentary titled "No to Palestinian state," wrote:
PLO state will only guarantee unending war, drawing in all like-minded
nations. The simple answer, instead, would be to create a vast
separation from Israel, resettling the Palestinians in Jordan, where
80% of the population already is Palestinian."