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Reactions to terror attacks in Mideast

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- At least 28 people --including 25 Israelis and three suicide bombers -- were killed in separate attacks on a Jerusalem pedestrian mall Saturday night and on a bus Sunday in the Israeli port city of Haifa. World leaders and officials made the following statements Sunday in response to the attacks:

"This is the worst attack on Jerusalem that has ever happened. ... Make no mistake, we are going to react. ... We don't want to use the full might of our military; we would like to see this resolved in a peaceful way, but if no options are left for us, then certainly we would react in a military way."

-- Avi Pazner, Israeli government spokesman

"There cannot be anything but anger and condemnation for those who have done it and real sorrow and condolences to the people who have suffered and to the Israeli people in general. We are in the process, trying our best with the help of [U.S. envoy and retired] Gen. [Anthony] Zinni to bring out a real stop to all of these incidents. … I can only say that the Palestinian leadership will do everything it can to address and follow up on these actions and do its very best to stop them."

-- Nabil Sha'ath, Palestinian Cabinet member

"Statements aren't enough any longer; words aren't enough any longer. I spoke with Chairman [Yasser] Arafat right after the first bombing in Jerusalem but before [the bombing] in Haifa, and I made it clear to him that he had to act. Not only was this a terrible attack against the innocent Israelis, a terrible act of terror. But it was also an attack against him [Arafat]. It was an attack against his authority. It was an attack against Palestinian leadership. And it was an attack that he could not overlook."

-- Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state

"Toppling Arafat or the collapse of the Palestinian Authority is not one of our objectives. But we do insist that they will do what they have to do in order to stop terrorism to eradicate this wild fanatical Islamic terrorism which blossoms under their [Palestinian Authority] control. That should be done promptly. There is no more time."

-- Ephraim Sneh, Israeli Cabinet member

"Chairman Arafat must do everything in his power to find those who murdered innocent Israelis and bring them to justice. …Advocates for peace in the Middle East must rise up and fight terror. Now is the time for leaders throughout the world who urged there be a peace to do something about the terror that prevents peace from happening in the first place."

-- U.S. President Bush

"We have no hesitation in condemning the violence and those acts of violence, and we condemn the killing of civilians, as we say always, Palestinian civilians as well as Israeli civilians. But having said that, we also have to condemn the conditions that lead people to desperation. What are those conditions? It is Israel's occupation that has lasted for 45 years that lead people to do desperate and despicable things sometimes.

"Therefore, while we condemn those acts, we must all of us call on Israel to end its brutal occupation of the Palestinian people."

-- Hassan Abdel Rahman,
Palestine Liberation Organization representative to the United States

The following statements were made Saturday:

"We are continuing to be committed to peace, but at the same time, there is no doubt that we have the full right -- and believe me we will -- to exercise our right for self-defense and prevent these kinds of terrorist activities. As the prime minister will return back to Israel, there will be consultations with the security Cabinet, and I can assure you there will be a response. And this time, a response that will commensurate with the severity of this hideous crime and the fact that the Palestinian Authority and Mr. Arafat is doing nothing about it.

"The time of declaration has ended; now is the time for deeds. If they don't do, we will."

-- Raanan Gissin, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

"These despicable actions can only be prevented if the Palestinians act in a comprehensive and sustained manner to root out terrorists and bring them to justice.

"I will continue to work with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to try to put an end to such incidents. Only a comprehensive and sustained effort by the Palestinian Authority against the individuals responsible for these acts and the infrastructure of the groups that support them as well as effective cooperation between Palestinians and Israeli security organizations."

-- Gen. Anthony Zinni, U.S. envoy to the Middle East

"The only way to stop the violence and counterviolence is coming back to the negotiating table, is to draw a road map for both sides with monitoring, for the Americans being the monitors, being the judges to say, 'That is what is going to happen today, that is what is going to happen next week,' and let's move together in order to sustain the cease-fire."

-- Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator

"We cannot wait for Yasser Arafat to act. We want him to act. He will act only if there is very heavy pressure on him. If the Europeans and of course, the Americans, tell him unequivocally, you are losing everything, we will not talk to you, you will become a pariah in the world, nobody will talk to you, if you don't stop the killing. If he hears this again and again, he may act."

-- Dan Meridor, Israeli Cabinet member


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