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Voices

September 11, 1993

From Moscow to Washington, there were salutes Friday to Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization for courage in recognizing each other. Here are some of the reactions:

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"This historic step can well be compared to the fall of a Berlin Wall in the Middle East."

Russian Foreign Ministry

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"In a fairly miserable world, the Middle East is entitled to a full moment of optimism."

The Guardian, British newspaper

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"Today marks a shining moment of hope for people in the Middle East and indeed the entire world."

President Clinton

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The accord is "a result that exceeds even our most optimistic expectations."

Johan Jorgen Holst, Norwegian foreign minister

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"Very often decisions which are right are unpopular. It does not make them less right."

John Major, British prime minister

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"There were too many empty years between the '78 and '79 (Israeli-Egyptian) accords and the present achievements. . . . There is no doubt in my mind that the people of Israel and Palestine genuinely want peace."

Ex-President Jimmy Carter

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