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Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

In 2006, official PA radio and television stations were placed under the control of Abbas’s office [Ma’an News, Feb. 17, 2006]. Therefore, in addition to Abbas's own statements, it is important to examine the broadcasts and publications of official PA media which are documented on PMW's website. They are a reflection of the ideologies and messages that Abbas and other PA leaders and officials choose to disseminate to their people.
Topics on this page
1- Glorifying terror and violence
2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- On the peace process
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas awards the order of merit to terrorist who, according to Abbas' own newspaper, planned suicide bombings 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas awarded ‎an order of merit to Samir ‎ Ghattas, ‎‎[aka]‎ Muhammad Hamza, at [Hamza’s] Cairo ‎home yesterday [June 6, 2014].‎ The President decided to bestow the order ‎on Hamza in appreciation of his role in ‎politics and media in defense of the cause ‎of his Arab nation and his homeland, ‎Egypt, and in appreciation of his role in ‎the struggle and his commitment to ‎defending the Palestinian people and to ‎aiding its just cause in various and ‎unusual times and places, throughout the ‎years of the Palestinian revolution and the ‎Palestinian national project…‎
Dr. Samir Ghattas, [aka] Muhammad ‎Hamza… was the founder and editor in ‎chief of the Palestinian military journal Al-‎Maaraka in Beirut, and worked as an ‎assistant and advisor to the commander-‎Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad – Khalil Al-‎Wazir…‎
In addition, he participated in planning ‎and preparing the most prominent self-‎sacrifice operations (i.e., terror attacks): the ‎capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in the Beqaa ‎Valley in Lebanon in 1983; the suicide ‎attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry in ‎Bat Yam, Tel-Aviv, in 1985; the attack on ‎the nuclear facility in Dimona in 1988.”‎
Photo: “[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas ‎awarding Samir Ghattas the order of ‎merit.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

For descriptions of the terror attacks, click "full article."
Abbas rep: "Our Martyrs and prisoners will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory" 
Source: WAFA news agency, May 14, 2014
Headline: “Honoring families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners in Hebron”
     “The central Hebron branch of Fatah, the National Liberation Movement, honored families of prisoners and Martyrs this evening, Wednesday, at a rally organized to mark the 12th anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Marwan Zalum ‘Abu Saja’, under the heading, ‘Promise and Loyalty to the Land and the Martyrs.’
In his speech representing President Mahmoud Abbas, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid said: ‘I convey the President’s [Abbas’] greetings to you. Our Martyrs and prisoners will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory until the dream of the Martyr and [Fatah] founder Yasser Arafat, [Hamas founder] Ahmed Yassin and all the [other] Martyrs is fulfilled: The establishment of our Palestinian state. We must be loyal to these heroes in all aspects.’
Fatah Central Committee member and the Movement’s Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘I will never forget the companions of Martyr Abu Saja. Today, we remind you of all the Martyrs who opposed and protested injustice and came out against the occupation, to protect the honor of our children. Indeed, they died as Martyrs for the homeland and [for] honor. We are committed to being loyal to them and to maintaining the struggle until we have achieved what they died as Martyrs [to achieve].’...
The following terrorists appeared on a poster at the event: Ayyat Al-Akhras, Andalib Takatka, Marwan Zalum, Raed Al-Karmi, Atef Abayat and Naif Abu Sharakh.
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Abbas sincerely condemns bombing attack – in Nigeria 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2014
     “President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his condolences to the President of the Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, for the victims of the recent terror attacks in the capital Abuja. In his telegram, the President asserted that he strongly denounces and condemns such heinous crimes, which are religiously and morally unacceptable.
The President [Abbas] expressed his sincere, heartfelt condolences … he hoped the souls of the victims would obtain mercy, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured, and forbearance and solace to their [the victims’] families. “
From WAFA, official PA news agency

The PA has rarely condemned any terror attacks against Israel, and the few condemnations that have been voiced have never been as explicit as this one.
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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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Abbas defends PA search for teens, criticizes Israel for wreaking "havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the conference of the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "As for the Israeli government, it is causing a sharp escalation, and this is a new problem we are facing. The reason is the kidnapping of three boys near one of the settlements. Naturally, despite their [Israel's] presence in Area C, which is not under our security control, and despite the fact that they did not report the incident when it occurred, but over 12 hours later, we are [working] in coordination with them in order to find these boys, because they are, first and foremost, human beings, and we want to protect human lives. Even the Americans have told us that one of them is an American, and we answered that, whether American or Israeli, for us he is a human being and we must look for this human being and return him to his family. But the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] has found a suitable opportunity to use violence against us, to destroy everything and wreak havoc and destruction throughout the land, especially in the Hebron area... The truth is that whoever committed this act (the kidnapping) wants to destroy us; therefore, we will talk to them differently and hold a different position, whoever it was that committed this action. Because we cannot endure such actions; we cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily nor in any other way."
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Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”
Abbas condemns kidnapping, but blames Israel for using it "as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening of the 56th Congress for Ramallah natives in the US.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “On the one hand, Israel doesn’t appear to be serious in its commitments to the international authorities and to the vision of a two-state solution along the 1967 borders, and in setting a date for ending the occupation.
In other words, a state that doesn’t want to determine its borders and doesn’t want to say when it will leave, and then talks about peace – I don’t know what the peace they are talking about means. On the other hand, [Israel] has evaded drawing the borders, apparently in its aspiration to continue the occupation and establish a single state with two regimes, and to keep the State of Palestine under the racist apartheid regime – to this we will not agree; we will not agree to this…
The important thing is that to this day, Israel refuses this [negotiations with the Palestinians] and insists that the National Reconciliation Government will not work [together] with it, and recently, the kidnapping of the children, the youths, or the three Israelis occurred, and Israel saw that as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction in the land.
Therefore, everything you see here, and in all the districts, is in order to find them. OK, let’s hope they find them alive – for we are humane human beings, we do not shoot [people] in cold blood and we won’t accept the kidnapping and murder, or [even just] the kidnapping, of an innocent person – we won’t accept [it]. I’ve been told that one of them is American; I said, ‘OK, and if he’s American or Israeli? For us, everyone is a human being, we are searching for human beings’ – unfortunately, they don’t understand this.”
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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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PA official: Abbas has increased budget for prisoners fivefold 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 2, 2014
     “[PA] Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziyad Abu Ein said that the Ministry exists and will not be closed until its status is determined, whether through the creation of a Prisoners’ [Affairs] Authority or by leaving it as it is. In a statement to Ma’an, he added: ‘The Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] still exists in the makeup of the new government and is operating as an institution with all its elements. A discussion was held regarding its replacement with a supreme authority, but no presidential decree has been issued on the matter.’ He went on and said: ‘I am surprised by and condemn all the noise [being made] around the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], especially since it has not been closed, but [rather], there are thoughts to replace it with an authority whose powers will be no less than that of the Ministry. In addition, the prisoners’ issue is receiving double support from the President [Mahmoud Abbas], since Mahmoud Abbas has increased its budget fivefold.’”
Abbas: “We tried… the Second Intifada” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2011
"[Abbas] emphasized that he supports the options that the Arabs will choose, and added: ‘I have said more than once that if the Arabs want war – we are with them. I cannot fight alone. We tried military action during the Second Intifada and during the attack on Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, after the [Hamas] refusal to renew the ceasefire, and it brought destruction upon us. 25% of the homes in Gaza are still in ruins.’
He noted that he opposes military action and that he believes that popular operations resisting settlement and the [security] fence lead to clear positive results for the Palestinian cause. He noted that 50% of the participants in these demonstrations are Israelis, while 25% are foreigners.
He added: ‘We are determined to continue this activity, and we do not wish to turn to armed struggle, because our capabilities and the international atmosphere do not allow for it.'"
Abbas: "We tried the Intifada in 2000" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
“We tried the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in 2000, and it destroyed everything that we had built. If the Arabs would want to fight, we’d be the first to fight. I told them at the [Arab] Summit in Sirt [Libya]: ‘If you want war, take the lead.’ It’s not possible for us [Palestinians] to go ahead alone; they must be first, with us behind them. We shall not permit them to fight using us. One of them [Arab leaders] spoke about resistance. I said to him, ‘The Palestinian people is not interested in resistance. We, as the [National] Authority, are not interested in resistance, Hamas has abandoned resistance, they are preventing [launch of] rockets and they speak of a tahadiyeh [ceasefire]. Therefore, if he [the Arab leader] is interested in resistance, let him carry it out himself. Nothing is easier than raising a banner [that says], ‘Forward, men!’ And half an hour later we’ll get a slap in the face and find ourselves on the floor. It’s not possible for a responsible person to behave this way.”
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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Abbas sends condolences on death of South Vietnamese military leader 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2013
     “Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam Sa’adi Al-Tumeizi conveyed the condolences of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people to the family of late Vietnamese general [Vo Nguyen] Giap, at his home in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Giap was considered a friend of the Palestinian people and the person responsible for Vietnam’s victories throughout the years of the Vietnamese national struggle against colonialism and foreign involvement during the last century. Ambassador Al-Tumeizi expressed the appreciation of the Palestinian leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, of the outstanding role the deceased filled in strengthening the bonds of friendship and struggle that is shared by the two nations, the Palestinian and the Vietnamese. In addition, the ambassador conveyed his own deep condolences for his (Giaps’) death and declared that his death is a loss not only for Vietnam but for the Palestinian people and all nations struggling for freedom, independence and social progress.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas sends “heartfelt best wishes” to North Korean ruler 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his counterpart, Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, Supreme Commander of the [North] Korean People's Army, on the founding day of the Republic [of North Korea].
In his telegram, the President [Abbas] expressed his most heartfelt wishes to Marshal Kim Jong-un, to his esteemed government and to his friendly nation. He expressed our gratitude and appreciation of the Democratic Republic of Korea’s strong stand, its principled solidarity with our people and with its just struggle for freedom and for establishing its independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas: Israel commits "genocide... Shall we recall Auschwitz and Deir ‎Yassin‎?" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2014
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas’ speech at the meeting of the PA ‎leadership in Ramallah, July 9, 2014, two ‎days after Israel began Operation ‎Protective Edge in response to Hamas and ‎other Gaza terror organizations firing ‎hundreds of rockets into Israel. In the ‎operation, Israel targeted and bombed the ‎terror infrastructure in Gaza.
‎     “The war has now shifted to Gaza and the ‎other Palestinian territories – for this war is ‎not [just] against Hamas or any other ‎faction, but against the Palestinian ‎people...
For our part, we know that Israel is not just ‎protecting itself, but also its settlement ‎‎[project], which is its main initiative…‎
As you heard yesterday, the Hamad, ‎Kaware and Manasrah families each had ‎seven of their family members killed. Did ‎these families launch rockets? Did the ‎young children and the elderly [fire ‎rockets], making it necessary to hit the ‎home, with all its inhabitants? What is this ‎crime called? How will we define it ‎according to international law? When an ‎entire family is killed, is this collective ‎punishment? This is called genocide. ‎
What can we say about the boy ‎‎[Muhammad] Abu Khdeir? Shall we recall ‎Auschwitz and Deir Yassin? A child who ‎is tortured and then murdered, and whose ‎cousin is tortured to death (sic, the youth ‎was beaten, but was not in mortal danger), ‎but was saved by Allah – I saw him with ‎wounds on his face, legs and hands. ‎What is the purpose of these actions? Do ‎we want to live in coexistence in two ‎neighboring states? Will this behavior ‎lead us to two states?"‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

For a longer translation and a note on the kidnappings, click "full article."
Abbas: Israel's killing of shooter is one of "daily crimes committed against our defenseless people" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2014
     “Yesterday, Thursday [Jan. 30, 2014] District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam led a delegation from the district [administration] that delivered a special telegram of condolence for Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Mubarak on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas. The President said in the telegram: ‘Before all of you and before our people in the Jalazone refugee camp that is standing firm, we express our heartfelt and brotherly condolences on the Martyrdom death of the precious son Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak, whose pure soul ascended to God’s kingdom as a result of the despicable occupation army’s bullets.’ The President added: ‘By sharing in the grief felt by all of you over his Martyrdom death, we express our absolute denunciation and our strong condemnation of this heinous crime, which is one in a series of daily crimes committed against our defenseless people by the occupation army, and we call on Allah to forgive him [Muhammad Mubarak] and have mercy on him and gather him into the group of virtuous Martyrs who have attained His benevolence in Paradise. [And we call on Allah] to give you and his dear family forbearance and solace.”
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Note: Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak – shot at an Israeli army position on Jan. 29, 2014. He was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire with Israeli forces.
Abbas spokesman accuses Israel of “falsifying history” and erasing Palestinian memory 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2014
     “Official spokesperson for the President [Abbas], Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the campaign of lies, which was carried out by the Israeli government at its meeting two days ago [Jan. 5, 2014], against our people, its National Authority and institutions, is dangerous and unacceptable. He demanded that the American government activate the Palestinian-American-Israeli tripartite [anti-incitement] committee to respond to these claims.
Abu Rudeina said: ‘The campaign [of lies] that the Israeli Prime Minister and [Israeli] ministers have joined, of accusing our people and its leadership of incitement, exposes the [Israeli] intentions to renounce the peace process and maintain the unchanging policy that cannot survive outside the swamp of occupation, settlement, ongoing abuse of our people, putting thousands of its sons in prisons and detention centers, seizing its property, demolishing its homes and displacing it.’
He added: ‘The Israeli government is not satisfied with falsifying history but [also] asks the Palestinian people, its leadership and institutions to succumb to one of the greatest acts of falsification in history, to conceal the truth, to falsify its national awareness and erase its memory, that memory, which we inherited and which we will bequeath to our children, generation after generation.’”
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas: Israel "would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]" if it could 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2014
Egyptian TV host: From Bethlehem to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mr. President, we see a continuous Judaization and desecration of the holy places. What are the practical measures against this [Israeli] plan?
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: We cannot take any practical measures other than protests, demonstrations and peaceful popular resistance... If the Israelis were allowed to go further, they would have gone further and destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. They would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], but I I don’t think they will do it... The Israelis are now far more careful in all their steps, because we can hurt them legally and diplomatically - it isn't "diplomatic terrorism." We can hurt them legally and diplomatically in the whole world if they continue to behave like that.
[Official PA TV, June 8, 2014; Egyptian TV Channel Al-Balad, June 7, 2014]
 
Abbas to Pope: "Israel is taking systematic action aimed at changing [Jerusalem's] identity and character and at harassing its Palestinian Christian and Muslim residents" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2014
Excerpt from [PA] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the press conference with Pope Francis
     “We informed His Holiness of the results of the negotiations and the obstacles that lie in their path, foremost among which are the [Israeli] settlements, the daily attacks on the houses of worship – churches and mosques – and the confinement of thousands of Palestinian prisoners who are longing for freedom in the Israeli prisons. For over 30 days now, many of them have been on a hunger strike because of the bad treatment [they receive] and the fact that they are being detained without sentences, [in] what is known as administrative detention. We also informed His Holiness of the tragic situation in East Jerusalem, the capital of our state that has been occupied since 1967, where Israel is taking systematic action aimed at changing its [Jerusalem’s] identity and character and at harassing its Palestinian Christian and Muslim residents, in order to induce them to emigrate and to prevent believers outside it from praying at its houses of worship…
These Israeli actions have led to the emigration of many of our Christian and Muslim brethren; we are seeing to it that they remain rooted in their land, the fatherland.”
Abbas rep claims "Palestinian presence in Jerusalem dates back over 5,000 years` 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
     “The talks at the International Conference for the Support of Jerusalem, organized by the UN, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, began in the Turkish capital, Ankara, yesterday [May 12, 2014], with the participation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ representative, [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash…
In the speech [given in the name] of the President [Abbas], Al-Habbash asserted that Palestinian presence in Jerusalem dates back over 5,000 years, and that the Palestinians are the only permanent element in Jerusalem, while the others came and went. Al-Habbash described the grave dangers threatening Jerusalem under the Israeli occupation – despite the fact that nobody in the world recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over it. He called on all powers, parties and governments to cooperate in defending Jerusalem and protecting its Islamic-Christian identity.”
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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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Abbas and PA leaders attend Fatah performance presenting Israel as "Palestine" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 30, 2014
Palestinian singer at Fatah concert:
      "We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
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Note: This video has been broadcast dozens of times since 2011. To view the full list of Fatah officials in the audience, click "full article" below.
Abbas embraces singer after song calling cities in Israel "Palestine" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 28, 2014
     "By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful."
(The singer leaves the stage to meet with Abbas in the audience)
(Abbas embraces the singer)
"Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth - the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
My country Palestine is beautiful."
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Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the first convention of the Palestinian Bar Association Union that discussed “Palestine and International Law.” Fatah Central Committee Member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The symbol of the European Union appeared on the banner behind the stage, and an EU representative addressed the gathering.
Fatah Central Committee member Erekat: “Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they [the Israelis] intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by [using] this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BCE.
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8- On the peace process
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Abbas on cooperation with Israel: "We cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily or in any other way" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 18, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Truly, we formed the government from self-employed [professionals] and technocrats, and there are no members of any organization among them, especially not from Hamas: there is absolutely no one from Hamas in it [the government]. This government is not involved with issues relating to the negotiations and with political issues, but it is committed to the PLO guidelines... These guidelines specifically state the following: That the Palestinian government [should] recognize Israel – and we [do] recognize the State of Israel; that the government reject terrorism – and we [do] reject terrorism; that the government recognize the decisions of the international institutions – and we [do] recognize the decisions of the international institutions.
To these, we have added that the government believe in the negotiations, even if it is the PLO, not the government, which conducts the negotiations. In addition, the government [must] believe in peaceful popular resistance. There is an additional point that is neither popular nor liked: That the government believe in security cooperation with Israel... It is in our interest that there be security cooperation between us and the Israelis, so that we can defend ourselves, defend our people. We don’t want to return to anarchy or destruction as happened during the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). I say this in the clearest and most unequivocal way possible: we will not go back to [another] Intifada, which will destroy us, and so there is cooperation…
Whoever committed this act (the kidnapping) wants to destroy us; therefore, we will talk to them differently and hold a different position, whoever it was that committed this action. Because we cannot endure such actions; we cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily nor in any other way."

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Abbas is lying to Americans, says former Hamas spokesman 
Source: Facebook page of Ihab Al-Ghussein, former Hamas spokesman, June 8, 2014
     "You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors?? He says: 'Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you [Hamas]. What's important is what we agree on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly] and say that the [PA] government is my [Abbas'] government and it recognizes 'Israel' and so on, fine - these words are meant to trick the Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened in 2006, he [Abbas] said: 'Don't harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media.'
Come on [Abbas]!
The problem really isn't with him [Abbas], the problem is with whoever believes him. Ha, Ha, Ha! (I really do want real reconciliation, meaning partnership and achieving unity, but not reconciliation as Abbas means it)."
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PA minister: Abbas and the Palestinian people will not agree to make concessions 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash from the Al-Taqwa Mosque, Al-Tireh.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“I am telling you, brothers, and I am telling the whole world, even the US: you will only hear from the President [Abbas] what you have heard him say in the past. You will not hear from him about concession when there is an [entire] nation behind him. If the President cedes – his people will not forgive him. We will stand with him as long as he adheres to [his] principles. But if he deviates from [his] principles, we will not stand with him, and he will find himself alone. He knows this, and he will tell them (i.e., Israel and the US) so.”
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