Quotations of the day

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Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:02 AM

"If there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem by diplomatic means, we prefer that. But if not, then I am sure you will understand that Israel will have to take whatever actions are necessary to defend its people." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

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"Their strategy is to hit and run. They're trying to hurt the regime where it hurts by bisecting and compartmentalizing Syria in order to dilute the regime's power." — Elias Hanna, a retired Lebanese army general and Beirut-based strategic analyst in a statement after Syrian rebels overwhelmed a large military base in the north of the country and made off with tanks, armored vehicles and truckloads of munitions.

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"Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work 'Sesame Street' is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer." — Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash after resigning from "Sesame Street" amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys.