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  • Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin “I said, including in Pyongyang, that we then reserve the right to supply weapons to other regions of the world. Taking into account our agreements with [North Korea], I do not exclude this either.” 7 hours ago
  • Gershon Baskin
    Gershon Baskin “There is no real conflict between the state of Israel and Lebanon. The conflict is all around the core issue of Israel and Palestine. This is why international attention needs to be focused on finding the diplomatic, political end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, first and foremost, the war in Gaza. The escalating fighting and bold rhetoric between Israel and Hezbollah is cause for concern. It's a very dangerous picture right now with both sides being quite bold in their remarks. A great deal of ignorance here of each side threatening to hit the other going way beyond what they've done in the past eight and a half months. It's extraordinarily dangerous for the people of Israel and the people of Lebanon if this war escalates anymore.” 14 hours ago
  • Akiva Eldar
    Akiva Eldar “Right now, it seems that for the first time after many years, there is an ongoing escalation between the government headed by Netanyahu and his entourage of reporters, analysts who are actually on his - unofficially - on his team, that are smearing the chief of staff. It's a kind of apocalyptic scenario that the army spokesman - who is reporting to the chief of staff - is just undermining Netanyahu's doctrine, which is: We do have to put an end to the Hamas government once and for all in Gaza. What Hagari is saying is challenging Netanyahu and saying, actually … you are hallucinating.” 14 hours ago
  • Daniel Hagari
    Daniel Hagari “This business of destroying Hamas, making Hamas disappear - it's simply throwing sand in the eyes of the public. Hamas is an idea, Hamas is a party. It's rooted in the hearts of the people - whoever thinks we can eliminate Hamas is wrong.” 14 hours ago
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“I said, including in Pyongyang, that we then reserve the right to supply weapons to other regions of the world. Taking into account our agreements with [North Korea], I do not exclude this either.”

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President of Russia
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“There is no real conflict between the state of Israel and Lebanon. The conflict is all around the core issue of Israel and Palestine. This is why international attention needs to be focused on finding the diplomatic, political end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, first and foremost, the war in Gaza. The escalating fighting and bold rhetoric between Israel and Hezbollah is cause for concern. It's a very dangerous picture right now with both sides being quite bold in their remarks. A great deal of ignorance here of each side threatening to hit the other going way beyond what they've done in the past eight and a half months. It's extraordinarily dangerous for the people of Israel and the people of Lebanon if this war escalates anymore.”

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Middle East director for the NGO International Communities Organisation
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“Right now, it seems that for the first time after many years, there is an ongoing escalation between the government headed by Netanyahu and his entourage of reporters, analysts who are actually on his - unofficially - on his team, that are smearing the chief of staff. It's a kind of apocalyptic scenario that the army spokesman - who is reporting to the chief of staff - is just undermining Netanyahu's doctrine, which is: We do have to put an end to the Hamas government once and for all in Gaza. What Hagari is saying is challenging Netanyahu and saying, actually … you are hallucinating.”

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Israeli political analyst
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“This business of destroying Hamas, making Hamas disappear - it's simply throwing sand in the eyes of the public. Hamas is an idea, Hamas is a party. It's rooted in the hearts of the people - whoever thinks we can eliminate Hamas is wrong.”

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Chief Israeli military spokesperson
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“The UN commission of inquiry's report documenting alleged war crimes in Gaza is strong, compelling and very much expected. The report is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the conduct of Israel, which has so far been unphased by such reports, but could be used as evidence in future legal proceedings and give pause to Israel's donor countries. We have seen a shift in policies in Western capitals. This will be further evidence as to the intent and conduct of Israeli authorities. It will have to - and should - cause all capitals to consider the extent to which support is provided to Israel in the ongoing conflict.”

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UK-based international human rights lawyer
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“The two leaders sought to put on a united face to the world in spite of the various crises they face. It was a show of strength, a show of unity, heralding what they believe and want other people to believe is a new era in their relations. It has all culminated in the signing of a new agreement between the two, which according to Putin forms the basis of relations for years to come.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Yeonpyeong - South Korea
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“We are very close to the moment of decision to change the rules against Hezbollah and Lebanon. In an all-out war, Hezbollah will be destroyed and Lebanon will be severely hit. The State of Israel will pay a price on the front and home fronts, but with a strong and united nation, and the full power of the [Israeli military], we will restore security to the residents of the north.”

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Israeli Foreign Minister
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“The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating. 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, were killed by Israeli military forces or settlers from the start of the current war on Gaza in October to June 15, in many cases raising serious concerns of unlawful killings.”

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UN high commissioner for human rights
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“F-16s are too precious a gift, and too few are provided [to Ukraine] to risk them. They are not likely to be involved in direct fights with Russian fighter jets, and their duels will be limited to not very effective missile strikes.”

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Research Fellow at Bremen University
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“For Kim Jong-un, this visit is a victory. Not only does the summit upgrade North Korea's status among countries standing against the U.S.-led international order, it also helps bolster Kim's domestic legitimacy. Russia cannot replace China economically, but increasing cooperation with Moscow shows that Pyongyang has options. For now at least, Putin's war in Ukraine sets up an 'axis of transactionalism' among sanctions violators looking to trade yesterday's weapons for today's military technology.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“Crimea is vulnerable. The Russians have relatively limited manoeuvre space on the peninsula. Putin has a lot to lose both politically and militarily. So, if a limited number of fighters can have a real impact, it is here - and above the Black Sea that becomes fully accessible once the GBAD [ground-based air defence] on Crimea is dealt with.”

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Analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
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“I won't go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be operational and which should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That's exactly what we're doing. Transparency helps to communicate the direct message that we, of course, are a nuclear alliance. NATO's aim is, of course, a world without nuclear weapons, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will remain a nuclear alliance, because a world where Russia, China and North Korea have nuclear weapons, and NATO does not, is a more dangerous world.”

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Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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“The enemy is well aware that with the gradual receipt of a significant amount of weapons and military equipment from our partners, the arrival of the first F-16s, which will strengthen our air defence, time will play in our favour, and their chances of success will decrease. Therefore, the Russian military command is currently putting all its efforts into increasing the intensity and expanding the scope of hostilities in order to maximise the depletion of our troops, disrupt the training of reserves, and prevent the transition to active offensive actions.”

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Ukraine’s commander of ground forces
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“Ukraine has never said that China is our enemy. And I'm asking you not to say such things. I always say that Ukraine's number one enemy is Putin because it was he who attacked us. Speaking about friends, I believe that friends are those who help during hard times. And I would like China to become Ukraine's friend.”

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President of Ukraine
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“Hezbollah's increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region. Israel will take the necessary measures to protect its civilians - until security along our border with Lebanon is restored.”

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Chief Israeli military spokesperson
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“The text is balanced, all of our principled positions on which Ukraine had insisted have been considered. Of course we...understand perfectly that a time will come when it will be necessary to talk to Russia. But our position is very clear: We will not allow Russia to speak in the language of ultimatums like it is speaking now.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
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“In my view, the communique will not be signed by everyone, because again it's a question of the specific choice of words, but even those who won't sign it have all made clear that their position is the same, that the war must end. The more allies that can be found to say 'Things can't go on like this', 'This is too much', 'That's overstepping the mark', that also increases the moral pressure on the Russian Federation.”

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“The biggest challenge is to face the powerful rise of China, [which is] destroying the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and regards Taiwan's annexation and the elimination of the Republic of China as the great rejuvenating cause of its people. The highest mission is to bravely take up the heavy responsibility and grand task of protecting Taiwan, and safeguarding the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. We really must be able to distinguish between ourselves and our enemies and between friend and foe, and absolutely cannot accept the defeatism of 'the first battle is the last battle' [a theory suggesting that Taiwan could collapse immediately if China launched an attack].”

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President of Taiwan
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“The conference will achieve nothing. The whole thing is an absolute farce and an embarrassment for our country. Switzerland is ... allowing Ukraine to dictate who may or may not be invited to this conference and it is allowing it to turn into a Zelenskiy show. Now we are in danger, and it's a great danger, of Switzerland allowing itself to be drawn into a world war.”

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Chief of the Swiss Peoples' Party's youth wing
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“Ukraine's intention is to negotiate with Russia collectively - after building consensus among Kyiv's allies and as many neutral nations as possible. Once those countries agree on an action plan to end the war, it will be communicated to the representatives of Russia at a second conference that it would be invited to attend. At the second peace summit, we can fix the real end of the war. Now, we are starting this path together.”

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President of Ukraine
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“You don't negotiate with your friends. You negotiate with your adversaries. I'm not defending one side or the other, but I, for one, am very clear that nothing will come from this meeting in Switzerland. I respect the intentions, but it's obvious that nothing will happen.”

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Chief foreign policy adviser to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil
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“We all know that Russia can end the war now or at any other time if it stops its offensive and withdraws its forces from Ukraine. Yet so far, Russia has refused to listen to our calls for peace based on international law and the UN Charter.”

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Chancellor of Germany
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“Russia's actions, if left unchallenged, will encourage other aggressors and lead to the possibility of wars of conquest and chaos, rather than order and stability, threatening the entire world. nothing about ending this war is resolved without Ukraine. In contrast, Putin put forward a proposal yesterday. However, we must be frank: he is not calling for negotiations, he is calling for surrender. The United States is supporting Ukraine not out of charity but because it is in our strategic interest.”

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US Vice President
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“He [Vladimir Putin] is offering for Ukraine to admit defeat. He is offering for Ukraine to legally give up its territories to Russia. He is offering for Ukraine to sign away its geopolitical sovereignty.”

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Advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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“Putin's proposal had shown the real path to peace. If you want to save the world, discuss Vladimir Putin's proposal ... Only those who do not want peace can't see, can't understand it.”

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Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman
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“We need the world to wake up to the catastrophe happening before our very eyes. We've seen mortality projections estimating that in excess of 2.5 million people - about 15 percent of the population - in Darfur and Kordofan, the hardest-hit regions, could die by the end of September. This is the largest humanitarian crisis on the face of the planet, and yet somehow it threatens to get worse as the rainy season approaches.”

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Joe Biden
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“The conditions are very simple. As soon as they declare in Kyiv that they are ready for such a decision and begin a real withdrawal of troops from these regions [including Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia], and also officially announce the abandonment of their plans to join NATO - on our side, immediately, literally at the same minute, an order will follow to cease fire and begin negotiations. I repeat, we will do this immediately. Naturally, we will simultaneously guarantee the unhindered and safe withdrawal of Ukrainian units and formations.”

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President of Russia
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“North Korea's socialist rationing system has completely collapsed. The North Korean people are going out to jangmadang to live their lives and internal marketization is accelerating. Around 36 percent of North Korea's population owns a cellphone, which translates to around 7 million cellphones, for use in exchanging information and watching South Korean TV dramas. More than 50 percent of North Korean defectors acknowledged having given a bribe while they were in the North, pointing to a structuralization of corruption. North Korean people are undergoing a major shift in psychology from collectivism to individualism and showing signs of deepening distrust of the regime.”

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Minister of Unification of South Korea
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“Netanyahu is under increasing pressure from far-right cabinet ministers who keep him in power to take a stronger line against Hezbollah to try to push them further away, deep into Lebanon, so they can't target these northern areas. But for Israel to take on Hezbollah it's a very different calculation than taking on Hamas. Hezbollah has thousands of - a vast array of - rockets that could easily hit many Israeli towns and cities and cause significant damage. In retaliation, Lebanon would also be catastrophically damaged by Israel, so that's why both sides have managed to avoid all-out confrontation.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Amman, Jordan
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“We have the right to develop good relations with our neighbours and this should not cause concern for anyone. North Korea is a friendly country for us, with whom we are developing bilateral relations. We will do that further. The potential for development in our relations is very deep.”

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Kremlin spokesman
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“Hezbollah has been stepping up its attacks not only to respond to the killing of its commander but also to strengthen Hamas's negotiating position amid ceasefire talks and warn Israel against launching a major offensive in Lebanon. So this is also about deterrence on the part of Hezbollah. No doubt, this [Israeli promise to respond to the latest Hezbollah attacks] is a dangerous escalation of this ongoing conflict.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Beirut
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“[G7 nations' plan for a $50bn loan to Ukraine] is a very historic step and a historic decision. The next step will be just to create the technical conditions for implementation in the shortest possible time. The Russian president has a very obvious plan: he wants to push ahead with his war until everyone else gives up supporting Ukraine. This plan has failed today. With the G7 states' plan to mobilise $50bn, which will be financed from the windfall profits of the frozen Russian assets, the foundation has been laid for Ukraine to be able to procure everything it needs in the near future, not only in terms of weapons, but also for reconstruction or energy infrastructure.”

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Chancellor of Germany
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“Japan will provide Ukraine with US$4.5 billion and will continue to support us throughout the agreement's entire 10-year term. This includes security and defence assistance, humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation, as well as joint efforts on the Peace Formula. For Japan, this type of agreement and this level of support is a breakthrough. We see this and thank Japan for its unwavering solidarity with our country and people, as well as for its dedication to protecting life and international law.”

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President of Ukraine
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“They've legislated Palestinian money away, giving the finance minister in Israel the power to do with that money as he sees fit, whether it's to compensate Israeli families affected by Palestinian attacks or to even direct it elsewhere and now he's putting that into action. This could potentially open the floodgates to a very serious financial crisis in the Palestinian Authority (PA) rooted in the political fact that Israel controls every aspect of life not just of ordinary Palestinians, but of the coffers of PA that is supposed to take care of them.”

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Palestinian political analyst based in Ramallah
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“For the first time, the U.S. is shifting towards something that begins to look like ... an effort to set up a global financial embargo on Russia. The message here is really one to banks in China and Turkey and the UAE and elsewhere outside of the G7 they face sanctions for continuing to engage in transactions with the big Russian banks and other sanctioned Russian banks. This would likely spark a major retreat by those banks from Russia. That financial pullback, in turn, is probably going ... to complicate the flow of goods from countries that are continuing to trade with Russia.”

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Nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - White House senior director for international economics in 2021 and 2022
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“Today's actions strike at their remaining avenues for international materials and equipment, including their reliance on critical supplies from third countries. We are increasing the risk for financial institutions dealing with Russia's war economy and eliminating paths for evasion, and diminishing Russia's ability to benefit from access to foreign technology, equipment, software, and IT services. Every day, Russia continues to mortgage its future to sustain its unjust war of choice against Ukraine.”

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United States Secretary of the Treasury
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“He [Blinken] said the two proposals are virtually the same. But I will name you two important differences: One is that the Hamas proposal calls for the end of Israel's siege; the proposal outlined by the US does not. What's the point of this war or the past 20 years of four wars against Gaza if we're going to go back to square one where Israel imposes a siege on Gaza? So the Hamas proposal suggested ending the Israeli siege on Gaza. This new proposal does not. Two, there's the key difference between a permanent and temporary ceasefire. This proposal speaks of a temporary ceasefire. Hamas presented a permanent ceasefire. The difference lies in phase two, which says that Israel will withdraw from the Gaza Strip upon the agreement of the parties - which means Israel will have to agree. And there's every proof and demonstration that Israel does not want to end the war, and it keeps saying that this resolution will allow it to achieve its war objectives.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
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“No Hungarian personnel will take part in these activities and no Hungarian funds will be used to support them. At the same time, the prime minister has assured me that Hungary will not oppose these efforts, enabling other allies to move forward, and he has confirmed that Hungary will continue to meet its NATO commitments in full.”

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Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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“This demand for a full withdrawal is not new. It is in the paper, it is in the proposal, it is even in the UN resolution. This is part of any deal. The question being posed is what kind of commitment that you as a mediator - namely the US - are you making to your own plan in all its phases. Because what has prevented a breakthrough is whether this is an actual ceasefire or is this a temporary pause followed by more deaths, horror and destruction. Israel's answer has been unequivocal: the war would continue - even as the US said otherwise. That is the question that not just Hamas and Islamic Jihad are asking, but the whole world is asking.”

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President of the U.S./Middle East Project and former Israeli peace negotiator
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“It's unthinkable for me (and many Les Républicains MPs) that there could be the slightest agreement, the slightest alliance, even local, or personal, with the RN (National Rally).”

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French lawyer and politician of the Republicans
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“We say the same things so let's stop making up imagined opposition. This is what the vast majority of our voters want. They tell us 'reach a deal'.”

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French politician - President of The Republicans
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“The U.S. administration is facing a real test to carry out its commitments in compelling the occupation to immediately end the war in an implementation of the U.N. Security Council resolution.”

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Hamas official
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“We are committed to total victory. What is the main dispute? It is over Hamas' demand ... that we commit to stopping the war without achieving our goals of eliminating Hamas.... I am not prepared to do so.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“Modi has always functioned as a lone wolf, doing exactly what he wants to. It's going to be a very new role for him. And it's something he will have to adjust to and adapt to.”

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Political commentator
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“The bombardment continues intensely and it is very hard for the emergency responders to reach the killed and injured Palestinians. They are telling us that there are still people on the roads and under the rubble that they could not reach.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Deir el-Balah in central Gaza
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“I spoke with the commander-in-chief today about the situation in general. A very significant result is that Russian forces have failed to conduct their Kharkiv operation. We are now holding them back as much as possible and crushing the Russian units entering our land and terrorising Kharkiv Oblast. The [Kharkiv] front has been reinforced. And it will be further strengthened. There was a report on Donetsk [Oblast] fronts, where [the situation] is the most challenging.”

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President of Ukraine
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“It's a nightmare at Al-Aqsa. There have been back-to-back mass casualties as densely populated areas are bombed. It's way beyond what anyone could deal with in a functional hospital, let alone with the scarce resources we have here. How many more men, women and children have to be killed before world leaders decide to put an end to this massacre?”

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Doctors Without Borders coordinator in Gaza
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“They said that this operation will be [under] very complicated and dangerous circumstances. I knew that, but without hesitation, I decided to do this operation because they were Israeli captives, and I trusted the heroes in Yamam and Shabak [special police commandos and internal security] who attacked and freed the captives. Now the captives are with us. The captives are the gold and the diamond we are keen to return back. It is an operation that will be written in history, yes we know that we have to pay the price but I also know the heroes will be always mentioned in the book and the history of Israel.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“France wants to achieve an immediate ceasefire and open up the prospect of a political solution to the conflict. [It's] the only one that can bring about a fair and lasting peace and meet the security concerns of both people, that is why we are supporting the comprehensive proposal of the United States of America. After nine months of conflict, the situation in Rafah and the human consequences are unacceptable. It is not acceptable that Israel should not open all checkpoints to humanitarian aid as requested by the international community for months.”

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President of France
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“Scores of civilians and many children were killed today in the Israeli operation and they may not be mentioned or will be a footnote in today's news at best. As you smile seeing a father finally embracing his daughter in Tel Aviv, shed a tear for the father having to bury his daughter in Gaza. There is a way for Palestinian and Israeli families to be reunited in life not in death. That is the success we should all be striving for. After eight months of massacres, Israel will use today's images to try and justify the killing of 36,000 Palestinians and the destruction of the lives of 2.3 million Palestinians. Don't let it.”

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Palestinian Deputy Ambassador to the UN
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“In the law of armed conflicts there are no limits in terms of the range. So militarily, again, if the target is deeper into Russia, then, military, you'd want to strike that target. If, for example, aircraft that take off from an airfield deeper into Russia. If you push back the Russians deeper into Russia, that will make the fight more difficult for them.”

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Chair of the NATO Military Committee
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“There is something to critics who have called the US a bit apocryphal in the way they're supporting Ukraine but also continuing unfettered support to Israel when there are real questions about the [Israeli army's] conduct in Gaza. There's a lot of soul-searching going on within the Biden administration. That's going to be another important factor come November - Biden's Gaza policy and what happens next with this attempt to bring a ceasefire to Gaza and figure out a post-conflict scenario.”

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Senior research fellow at the US-based Soufan Centre
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“Nowadays, the world order is switching to a fairer and more balanced state, based on multipolarity and multilateralism. The economies of the BRICS bloc have been able to smash the hegemony of the United States, and they are the hope for the development of cooperation and complementarity among the countries.”

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President of Bolivia
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“The Russians really have kind of stalled out up there, basically. Their advance on Kharkiv is all but over because they ran into the first line of defenses of the Ukrainian armed forces and basically stopped, if not pulled back some units.”

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National Security Council spokesman
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“The problem at the hospital [Al-Aqsa Hospital] here is represented by something above emergency. There are exhausted medical staff inside the hospital - for the past eight months, non-stop work, as well as the huge influx of injuries coming to the hospital. We have two other factors, important factors that are affecting the work of the hospital. One of which is the lack of fuel to keep it sustainable. The hospital is resorting to its solar panel systems on the rooftop, but this is not sufficient enough to run the operating rooms, to run the ICU or incubators for babies. It's only sufficient to keep on the lighting. The other important factor that is crippling the hospital's ability to intervene properly is the acute shortage of medical supplies. We're talking about almost a month now of no medical supplies.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Deir el-Balah
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“We live in times when Europe again stopped being a continent of peace. We live in times when Nazism is returning again, unfortunately. Now in Europe again cities are being destroyed and villages are being burned to ashes. In Europe again we have filtration camps, deportations, and hatred that became a new cult in Russia.”

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President of Ukraine
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“In the last months alone, Hamas wages wars from schools and hospitals. Hamas hopes that international law and public sympathy will provide a shield for their military activities, which is why they systematically operate from schools, UN facilities, hospitals and mosques. Sadly, we saw some media outlets fall for Hamas's tactics yet again before checking the facts.”

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Chief Israeli military spokesperson
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“Tomorrow we will launch a new cooperation and announce the transfer of Mirage 2000 [jets], which help Ukraine protect its skies. We've always had the same philosophy, we help the Ukrainians to fight.”

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President of France
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“As Israeli military strikes continued last night in the Middle Area, Al-Aqsa hospital is barely coping with the influx of patients and dead people. It's a scene of devastation. This hospital is a sinking ship. The scene inside the emergency room of Al-Aqsa hospital is even worse than yesterday. They had no chance to re-organise after yesterday's mass influx of casualties, and now they have been struck with another. And yet, the medical staff is saying 'we are not giving up on our patients', and I can definitely see that. I am just not sure for how long it will be sustainable.”

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Emergency Medical Referent at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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“Everybody is calling for a ceasefire. So it's very unlikely that they will go as far as hitting Lebanon hard enough for them to deter these skirmishes. The only option in front of them is to continue to do small exchanges of fire. And this is what has been going on since October 7. I think taking the temperature to a level where he attacks Lebanon in a substantive way and then being at the receiving end of Hezbollah's missiles will be a big mistake.”

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Professor of public policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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“There is never a goal to kill each and every last terrorist on the ground. That's not a realistic goal. Destroying Hamas as a governing authority is an achievable and attainable military objective.”

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Spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
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“Just like in our relations with Italy, we do not see any Russophobic stance when working with the South Korean government. Neither are there any weapons supplies to the conflict zone. We highly appreciate that.”

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President of Russia
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“The first thing I want to say is of course we are against terrorism in all its manifestations, against attacks against civilians - at any place and in any country. But what is happening now in Gaza in response to the well-known terrorist act in Israel does not really look like a war, it is some kind of total destruction of the civilian population. We believe this is a result of US policy. They monopolized the peace process. They pushed aside all previously established mechanisms for collective efforts to solve this extremely difficult problem.”

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President of Russia
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“You should not make Russia out to be the enemy. You're only hurting yourself with this, you know? They thought that Russia wanted to attack NATO. Have you gone completely crazy? That is as thick as this table. Who came up with this? It is just complete nonsense, you know? Total rubbish.”

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President of Russia
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“It is wrong to see this proposal as more than a stopgap. Most important, this plan doesn't answer the fundamental question of who rules Gaza after the conflict. This is a cease-fire plan, not a day-after plan.”

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Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution
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“If you send your soldiers, your experts or your instructors to the Ukrainian land in order to teach Ukrainian soldiers how to target and kill Russians better, they will naturally become a legitimate target.”

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Spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in France
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“If they consider it possible to deliver such weapons to the combat zone to launch strikes on our territory and create problems for us, why don't we have the right to supply weapons of the same type to some regions of the world where they can be used to launch strikes on sensitive facilities of the countries that do it to Russia? We will think about it.”

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President of Russia
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“We will work with any president the American people elect. I say absolutely sincerely, I wouldn't say that we believe that after the election something will change on the Russian track in the American politics. We don't think so. We think nothing that serious will happen.”

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President of Russia
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“Whoever thinks that they can harm us and we will sit idly by is making a big mistake. We are prepared for a very strong action in the north. In one way or another we will restore security to the north.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“We must be ready for war by 2029. We have to act as a deterrent to prevent the worst from happening. In emergency situations, we need young men and women who can defend this country. Germany needs a new form of military service, which cannot be completely free of obligations.”

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Minister of Defence of Germany
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“Children in Gaza are forced to deal with the horrific reality of loss, of trauma, of total destruction. The whole story is even darker than what we see. [The trauma] runs deeper as they grow up. Before October 7, some 5,000 children in Gaza needed some kind of mental health support. Today, all children in Gaza need mental health support and in many cases, specialised support as the war has had a profound impact on their psychological wellness. The services on the ground are almost non-existent. The only psychiatric hospital in Gaza has been out of service early on in this escalation and that means the basic needs of mental health can't be met. As long as children continue to witness and experience the war it's really hard to deal with the trauma. The first of the eight principles of trauma is to remove the person from the environment of the trauma. That's impossible in Gaza; there's no place that feels safe.”

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Spokesperson for UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa office
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“Hezbollah is ready for the battle and will not allow Israel to secure any victories. Any Israeli expansion of the war on Lebanon will be met with devastation, destruction and displacement in Israel. If Israel wants to fight an all-out war, we are ready for it.”

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Hezbollah's deputy chief
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“Today's event marks Korea's inaugural multilateral summit with African nations. This occasion affirms that African countries are key partners in realizing Korea's goal of becoming a global pivotal state. By combining Africa's youthful energy and abundant resources with Korea's advanced technology and diverse expertise, I believe we can deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges.”

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President of South Korea
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“We have always been clear that China could play a useful diplomatic role in helping resolve this conflict if it wanted to. But that said, right now it's hard to see how they could play that role given the actions that we've seen China take over recent months to rebuild, reconstitute Russia's defence industrial base. So we are going to continue to make clear to China that we object to those actions, that we will hold entities responsible for those actions, and we've heard our Russian - sorry, our European counterparts say the same thing.”

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US State Department spokesperson
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“Overall, the intensity and the types of weapons systems used have steeply escalated. It complicates the Israeli task and is an increased financial cost.”

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Fellow at the U.S.-based Washington institute for Near East Policy
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“North Korea is in a wait-and-see mode as they have reached their primary goal of sparking confusion and internal division. They also gained valuable lessons as to how far the balloons can go depending on the wind direction and speed.”

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President of the University of North Korean Studies
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“I wouldn't say loudspeaker broadcast was the reason North Korea halted sending trash-carrying balloons. I think it was their mistake to send a second wave of balloons because there was no provocative action from South Korea, such as sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets between Tuesday (when Pyongyang sent the first wave of balloons) and Saturday. I believe Defense Minister Shin Won-sik's remarks at Shangri-La Dialogue angered the North, leading them to react emotionally. They realized that they may have gone too far.”

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Senior analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification
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“If, God forbid, the government decides to adopt this offer of surrender, we will not be part of it and will work to replace the failed leadership with a new one. I told the prime minister [Netanyahu], 'We, together with the bereaved families and the majority of the people of Israel, will stand by your side for a decision and victory. But we will stand against you with all strength and aggression if you choose surrender and defeat'.”

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Finance Minister of Israel
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“Only the ill-wishers of our country have been defeated. Now the law has already come into force and we all have to act pragmatically, with a cool mind and put aside unnecessary emotions.”

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Prime Minister of Georgia
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“The purpose of the law is to cleanse this country of the nongovernmental sector, critical media, and opposition parties, and bring us to the reality that exists in Russia.”

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Georgian politician - Head of the opposition Girchi - More Freedom party
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