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"This is a fateful moment for Israel. We are dealing with a difficult decision that has few parallels ... I am absolutely convinced in the depths of my heart that this disengagement will strengthen Israel in its hold of the territory that is vital for our existence." — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
"We cannot close our eyes. Who in the world will stand by our side if we violate all our obligations. Will the U.S. president respect the formal obligations that were made if we don't honor ours? If we say occupation is more important than peace? who will support us." — opposition leader Shimon Peres.
"(Sharon) is the architect and the originator of the settlement enterprise. So to talk like this to the people he sent, there's a name for it. It's a kind of treason." — Effie Eitam, former government minister from the hard-line National Religious Party.