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Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat Quotes

Quotes by and about Yasser Arafat

(Continued from his main entry on the site.)

Arafat: "In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us must sometimes grit our teeth."

Arafat: "Only politics interests me, and I live for it."

Arafat: "The Americans are only in Iraq because of the oil, the oil, the oil."

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism: "Arafat spoke to his people and to the world through symbols and gestures, not with concrete language."

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism: "Arafat uses his dramatic ability to convey his messages ... with gestures, metaphors, and symbols. ... Arafat [is capable of] adapting information to suit his worldview [even when it has no] factual basis."

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism: "Arafat's use of double-talk has been well-known for many years, and has attracted widespread journalistic review and analysis. Despite this exposure, Arafat has not changed his ways. He continues to adapt his messages to his target audience and to the situation. When the media pressures and confronts him with the contradictions between his words, he sidesteps the issue and generally blames them for misunderstanding him or taking his words out of context."