Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians Quotes.

1. "Hamas is regularly described as 'Iranian-backed Hamas, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.' One will be hard put to find something like 'democratically elected Hamas, which has long been calling for a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus'—blocked for over 30 years by the US and Israel. All true, but not a useful contribution to the Party Line, hence dispensable."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

2. "The new crimes that the US and Israel were committing in Gaza as 2009 opened do not fit easily into any standard category—except for the category of familiarity."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

3. "Of course all such conclusions about appropriate actions against the rich and powerful are based on a fundamental flaw: This is us, and that is them. This crucial principle, deeply embedded in Western culture, suffices to undermine even the most precise analogy and the most impeccable reasoning."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

4. "In the case of Israel-Palestine, a one-state solution will arise only on the U.S. model: with extermination or expulsion of the indigenous population."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

5. "Of the approximately nine hundred thousand Palestinians living in the territories designated by the UN as a Jewish state, only one hundred thousand remained on or near their lands and homes. Those who remained became the Palestinian minority in Israel. The rest were expelled, or fled under the threat of expulsion, and a few thousand died in massacres."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

6. "While Arab governments and Palestinian leaders were willing to participate in a new and more reasonable UN peace initiative in 1948, the Israelis assassinated the UN peace mediator, Count Bernadotte, and rejected the suggestion of the Palestine Conciliation Commission (PCC), a UN body, to reopen negotiations. This intransigent view would continue; Avi Shlaim has shown in The Iron Wall that, contrary to the myth that the Palestinians never missed an opportunity to miss peace, it was Israel that constantly rejected the peace offers that were on the table."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

7. "The seventh myth was that Israel intended to conduct a benevolent occupation but was forced to take a tougher attitude because of Palestinian violence. Israel regarded from the very beginning any wish to end the occupation—whether expressed peacefully or through struggle—as terrorism. From the beginning, it reacted brutally by collectively punishing the population for any demonstration of resistance."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

8. "Any attempt to solve a conflict has to touch upon its very core; the core, more often than not, lies in its history."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

9. "Though it is obligatory to hail our leaders for their sincere dedication to bringing democracy to a suffering world, perhaps in an excess of idealism, the more serious scholar/advocates of the mission of democracy promotion recognize that there is a strong line of continuity running through all administrations: the United States supports democracy if and only if it conforms to U.S. strategic and economic interests."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

10. "Since 1949, the United States has passed to Israel more than $100 billion in grants and $10 billion in special loans.36 Other bodies not part of the administration annually transfer to Israel $1 billion. This is larger than the amount of money transferred by the United States to North Africa, South America, and the Caribbean put together."
- Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

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