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Mahmoud Abbas
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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
9- Speeches to the international community
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas sends condolence to family of terrorist: She was "a Martyr by Allah's side, who watered the land of Palestine with her pure blood" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 7, 2016

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on March 7, 2016

Posted text: “The President [Abbas] expresses his condolences on the death as a Martyr of Amani Al-Sabatin”
Text in image:
“In the name of All Merciful Allah
‘And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision’ (Sura 3:169, Sahih International)
Great truth of God

Brothers, dear residents of Husan (i.e., village west of Bethlehem)
Brothers, dear members of the Al-Sabatin family
We received with great sorrow and deep grief the notice of the deceased’s death
Martyr (Shahida)
Amani Hosni Jawad Al-Sabatin
We consider her a Martyr by Allah's side, who watered the land of Palestine with her pure blood
I [Abbas] share in your sorrow and deep grief, express my sincere condolences to you, to your dear family, the residents of Husan and dear members of the Al-Sabatin family, and ask Almighty Allah to surround the Martyr in his great mercy, let her dwell in Paradise, and give you solace and patience.
We belong to Allah and to him we return
Your brother
Mahmoud Abbas
President of the State of Palestine”

Amani Al-Sabatin – 30-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed her car into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring one, at the Gush Etzion junction on March 4, 2016. Al-Sabatin was shot and killed by the soldiers.

Fatah official: Abbas and Fatah support the “peaceful popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave) 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 9, 2016
Headline: "Al-Aloul: The occupation's crimes will not pass in silence, and the president and Fatah support the popular uprising"
     "Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized the support of Fatah and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for the peaceful popular uprising as one of the types of resistance. Al-Aloul said today, Tuesday [Feb. 9, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership support the peaceful popular uprising being waged by the people in order to achieve its freedom and the basic national principles – independence, return [of refugees], and freedom,' and added that the Israeli occupation left us no choice but to carry out a popular uprising against it."

Note: The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are often used by PA leaders and officials to refer to events that include violent and deadly terror against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbing attacks.

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Abbas meets with families of terrorists, ‎promises to compensate those whose ‎homes were destroyed by Israel 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Feb. 4, 2016
Headline: "Abbas promises to ‎compensate the families of the ‎Jerusalem Martyrs for their homes"‎
     Sources in the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎‎(Shahids') families and in the National ‎Campaign to Return the Bodies of the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas promised to ‎compensate the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎families for their homes, which the ‎occupation forces demolished or ‎damaged. The sources confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas ordered his ‎assistants to begin the procedures to ‎compensate the Martyrs' families for ‎seven homes. Two of them were ‎demolished after the outbreak of the ‎popular ‘Rage [of Jerusalem] Uprising’: ‎The home of Martyr Baha Alyan, and the ‎home of Martyr Alaa Abu Jamal, into ‎which they poured cement, while five of ‎the homes that were demolished ‎belonged to Martyrs and people who ‎carried out operations (i.e., terror attacks) ‎before the October 2015 uprising.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas met ‎yesterday [Feb. 3, 2016] with a few family ‎members of Jerusalem Martyrs, among ‎them the fathers of Martyrs Baha Alyan, ‎Ahmad Abu Sha'aban, and Alaa Abu ‎Jamal, the father and cousin of Martyr ‎Hassan Manasrah, and [the fathers of ‎the Martyrs] Thaer Abu Ghazaleh, ‎Muhammad Abu Nimr, and Mutaz ‎Awisat…‎
Advisor to the president [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Jerusalem matters Ahmed Al-‎Ruweidi stated to Al-Arabi Al-Jadid: ‎‎'President Mahmoud Abbas shows great ‎interest in the matter of the Jerusalem ‎Martyrs' bodies, which the occupation ‎state is holding on to. He has already ‎raised the matter more than once in ‎international forums."‎

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Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Abbas advisor says PA supports “peaceful acts of resistance” but justifies Palestinian violence as “defense” and a “result of the actions of the occupation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2015
Headline: “Hammad: ‘The latest operations are a response to the settlers’ actions”
     “Dr. Nimer Hammad, political advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Israeli escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank are meant to drag the Palestinians into a cycle of violence.  Hammad said in a statement published by the Donia Al-Watan news agency that the Palestinian defense ‘is not interested in igniting the third intifada,’ and noted that Israel is interested in violence at this stage, because it thinks that it serves its interests to show the Palestinian leadership as encouraging violence…
Hammad emphasized that ‘the leadership will support all peaceful acts of resistance,’ and emphasized that this was always the position of the leadership, especially during the latest meetings. The president’s advisor said that peaceful resistance is the best way to confront the occupation, and brought as an example an event that occurred yesterday [Oct. 4, 2015], Sunday, in Jenin, when thousands of [Palestinian] citizens stood against the occupation forces which tried to arrest one of the citizens.
In regard to the events carried out by individuals that occurred recently in Jerusalem and the West Bank (i.e., stabbing and shooting attacks against Israelis), Hammad said: ‘These responses occurred as a result of the actions of the occupation and settlers, who are brought in buses under protection of the occupation forces.’”
Abbas to Israelis: "We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Channel 2
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “I told people frankly: We want to protect our holy places. To protect them peacefully, and therefore, people are going there to protect Jerusalem peacefully. Where is the tension that emerged from my mouth (This is an allusion to Israel’s claim that the present deterioration is the result of incitement by the Palestinian leadership, -Ed.)? I say: We must protect them… We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one... It is the Israeli media and many Israeli leaders that are demanding and encouraging a third Intifada. We are not for a third Intifada. We are for peaceful popular resistance to protect our rights, neither more nor less... We extend our hands to you in peace. We say to the [various] layers of the Israeli people: Let us engage in dialogue, so that we may live in peace and stability… I entreat the Israeli people, which has demanded of its government not to miss the opportunity for peace – for evil is all around us, and you know the terrorism and violence that surround us… When the situation here changes; when peace comes, all manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East will cease and peace between us will return.”

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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas' spokesman: "East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line and we will not sit idly by"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
Headline: "The occupation and its extremists treat Al-Aqsa as they please.
The president [Abbas]: 'We will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks'"
     "The official spokesman of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] Nabil Abu Rudeina stated: 'We strongly condemn the occupation's army and police invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attack on [Muslim] worshippers. East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks.' He added that President [Mahmoud] Abbas has held intensive discussions with all Arab regional and international bodies, and especially with Jordan, Morocco, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in order to deal with the fierce attack taking place against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
Abbas: US Senate holds PA responsible for incitement and has recommended freezing aid 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Arab League’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Unfortunately, the US Senate has recommended freezing its aid to the Palestinian Authority. They have held me personally responsible for the recent violence against the Israelis (reference to Palestinian riots in Jerusalem and several terror attacks in which Israelis were killed, -Ed.). Likewise, the US ambassador to the UN [Samantha Power] has distributed a written statement calling on [UN] member states to reject Switzerland’s call to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. Regarding this accusation, levelled at us by [US] Congress members, [the person] responsible for Israel’s homeland security [General Security Services Chief Yoram Cohen] has openly and clearly announced in the Israeli Parliament that the allegations are completely false, [confirming] that we have not incited against anyone, neither secretly nor in public. Despite the Senate’s directive on freezing [US] aid, we hope they won’t do it.”
Abbas promotes violence quoting Quran: "‎Permission [to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought‎" 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), July 22, 2014

Abbas' quoting the Quran at the end of this speech - ‎“Permission [to fight] has been given to ‎those who are being fought, because ‎they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory” - was interpreted by his constituents as a sign to take to the streets. This speech sparked Palestinian rioting in Jerusalem and the West Bank. ‎

PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas concluded the speech ‎with a quote from the Quran:
“Permission ‎‎[to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought, because they were ‎wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory.” [Sura ‎‎22:39, trans. Sahih International]

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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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PA presidency objects to Iranian money for prisoners – all prisoners` funds required to go through the PLO 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: We know nothing about Iranian money that will be paid to prisoners or those whose homes were demolished by the occupation”
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016]: ‘We do not know anything about Iranian money that will be paid to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons or to those whose homes (i.e., homes of terrorists) were demolished by the occupation forces, and we were not informed about this matter.’
Abu Rudeina continued: ‘The Palestinian presidency objects to any attempt to bypass it in this matter. Likewise, it insists that the PLO is the legal representative and the Palestinian people’s main and sole address, and that the organization did not take long in providing assistance and alleviating our people’s suffering, despite its limited capabilities, and objects to trading in this suffering.”
Abbas congratulates Iranian president on anniversary of the Iranian revolution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas] congratulates his Iranian counterpart on the occasion of the national holiday”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, on the occasion of the national holiday (i.e., the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Feb. 11) in his country.
The president said in a telegram: ‘It is our pleasure to convey to you, and through you to the government of Iran and the Iranian people, in the name of the State of Palestine, the Palestinian people and myself, our most sincere congratulations on the occasion of your national holiday. We wish you, your people, and your country permanent stability and prosperity.’”
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Abbas says relations with Iran "hasn't been good" so visit to Iran meant to improve diplomatic relations 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2015
     “Regarding the visit to Iran, President [Mahmoud] Abbas said: ‘There will be a visit to Tehran, but no date has been set, and an official date for this visit hasn’t been coordinated with the Iranian side.’ He added that ‘Iran is a neighboring state and a sister. Our relationship hasn’t been good, but we have an embassy in Tehran, which means they recognize us.’ He noted that one of the members of the [PLO] Executive Committee proposed a visit [of Abbas] to Iran, and that Tehran welcomed this visit, mentioning the bilateral relations and its interest in normalized relations between the two states, especially after the nuclear agreement between Iran and the countries of the world has been achieved.”
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5- Hate promotion
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PA governor representing Abbas: Israel “massacres” Palestinians and “kills any Palestinian based on suspicion alone”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah: The Political and National Orientation Authority marked Land Day”
     “The Political and National Orientation Authority marked the 40th anniversary of the eternal Land Day yesterday [March 29, 2016] in a ceremony it held in Ramallah.
Present at the ceremony were District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, as representative of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, Official Spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri, and the head of the Committee of Arab Monitoring in the 1948 Territories (i.e., Israel), Muhammad Barakeh.
Ghannam said in a speech she gave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas: ‘The occupation insists on carrying out many massacres against our people, and there is a decision to kill any Palestinian based on suspicion alone, while the world maintains its silence. Therefore, we must act to expose the occupation’s crimes.’ …
Barakeh said: ‘All the acts of struggle being carried out by our people are only intended to achieve freedom and honor and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.’ … Likewise, he noted that the occupation forces are destroying villages in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) in order to expel their residents and establish settlement blocs.”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Abbas: Terror wave is a "peaceful" response to Israel's "defiling" the "holy sites" and its "killing" of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2016
Headline: “The President: We object to the intervention of an external factor in internal Palestinian affairs”
     “The Fatah Revolutionary Council opened its 16th session yesterday evening [March 2, 2016] in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the members of the Fatah Central Committee… Abbas noted that the peaceful popular uprising is in response to the actions of the occupation, its disregard of all signed agreements and lack of adherence to their implementation, the fact that it has continued to defile the Islamic and Christian holy sites, the policy of arrests, the demolitions (i.e., of houses of terrorists), the killing, the expulsion, the closure, and the siege.”

What Abbas referred to as “peaceful popular uprising” is in fact a wave of Palestinian terror attacks which at the time of Abbas’ speech had included:
79 shooting attacks, 203 knifings, and 39 car ramming attacks, in which 33 Israelis were murdered and 387 wounded.

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings.

Israel carries out demolitions of terrorists' houses. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Demolition orders are issued only against the residences of terrorists who commit the most serious offenses" and it is "an act of deterrence meant to discourage Palestinians from carrying out future terror attacks so as to minimize their number.” (MFA website)

Abbas to Greek President: Israel is responsible for terror, which caused European refugee crisis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2015
Headline: “The president during his meeting with his Greek colleague: The end of the occupation will put an end to all the terror problems”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Israeli occupation must be put to an end. He stated: ‘The end of the occupation will put an end to all the problems connected to it, such as terror. The end of terror will lead to the finding of solutions for the problems caused by it, such as the problem of emigration, which is no longer confined to the Middle East, but has spread to Europe and [become] an international aspect.’ President Abbas met with his Greek colleague [President] Prokipis Pavlopoulos, and with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.”
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas denies again existence of Temple; says Jewish extremists plan to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Israel’s policy will ignite a religious war from which no one will be saved”
Abbas: ‘What we and the brothers in Jordan agreed on with Secretary John Kerry, is to keep the status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place of Muslim worship, under the custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and under the administration of the Islamic Waqf (i.e., Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Foundation). This has been the situation since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. However, this started to change later on, after the ominous visit of [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon [to the Temple Mount] in 2000, under Israeli security forces’ protection, which led to the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005). Since 2000, Israeli governments have been trying to change the situation, and the Israeli police and army forces began entering the plaza of the Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) wearing uniforms and carrying weapons.  This is also the case with the extremist Jews, who wish, and declare so, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple in its place. This is while restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshippers, such as the prohibition [of entry] of people under the age of 50, and allocation of specific hours, during which only Jewish presence is allowed. This was a serious warning bell that the Israeli government wants to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...'"

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Abbas: Israel is trying to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque and trying to divide it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “The president: ‘Israel must implement the status quo that existed in the Al-Aqsa before 2000”
    “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israel must implement the status quo regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s status and the [Jerusalem] Islamic Waqf [Foundation] as it was before 2000, and not what it is trying to force now. The president added at the beginning of the PLO Executive Committee meeting held yesterday [Nov. 4, 2015], Wednesday afternoon, in the presidential compound in Ramallah: ’We have emphasized more than once to the relevant bodies that what Israel is trying to implement at the moment at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is not accurate, and not right, and is a falsification of the facts.’ … [The committee] called for respect of the holiness of the site, including its entire plaza which sits on 144 dunam (approximately 35.6 acres -Ed.), as a site holy to Muslims, as the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary, which will not be divided in any way by areas and times, under any pretext… The committee discussed the situation of the district and city of Hebron and the crimes being carried out by the occupation forces and herds of settlers against the [Palestinian] citizens (this refers to the many Palestinian stabbings taking place in Hebron and Israel’s response to them –Ed.). The committee expressed approval of the widespread public participation in the activities of the blessed popular uprising, and emphasized that the great sacrifices the district made and is making will remain as a beacon which will light the path of liberation from the occupation and getting rid of the cancer of settlement and settlers, for the generations.”
Abbas: There is no Palestinian ‎incitement, Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites” and “ISIS is found among his (i.e., ‎Jewish) people”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎
‎[Abbas said:] ‘Our people and our young ‎are not interested in violence and ‎escalation in the field, and I confirm this, ‎and nobody is calling for incitement and ‎hate…’ The president emphasized: ‘We ‎wish to live in peace, security, and ‎stability in our homeland with all our ‎neighbors, and also with the Israelis.’ ‎[...]
Regarding the fact that Netanyahu ‎described [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas ‎as ‘ISIS’ (Islamic State), the president said: ‎‎‘We are against ISIS and all the terror in ‎the world, and against the settler terrorists. ‎ISIS and Al-Nusra are found among his ‎people, and yet he calls us ISIS!’ And he ‎continued: ‘We seek peace.’”‎

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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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PA Presidential Guards Facebook posts image of Abbas with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel  
Source: Official Facebook page of the Palestinian Presidential Guards, Apr. 3, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards

Posted text: “Good morning O homeland, soaring to the top with all its glory
O land of beloved sand, foothills, seashores and plains.”

Image shows Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The outline of the PA map of “Palestine” that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel, and a Palestinian flag is seen behind him. At the bottom appear the logos of the “State of Palestine” (right) and the PA Presidential Guards (left.)
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Abbas: All of Israel is occupation: "We have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years" since 1948  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 11, 2016

Official PA TV program Flower of Hope, interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the establishment of a center for cancer treatment.
Abbas explains the importance of establishing a center for cancer treatment and thanks donors who have already given money for its establishment.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
: "As we are building up man and his health, we are building an economy, agriculture, industry, and laws. All this exists, praise Allah, and is moving ahead naturally. There are many obstacles. I do not deny that countless obstacles and difficulties stand before us, but all of these are no match against our will. We have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years (i.e., since Israel’s establishment in 1948). Others would have sunk into despair and frustration. However, we are determined to reach our goal because our people stands behind us."
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Abbas rejects Israel’s legitimacy in any borders: All of Israel is an ‎‎“occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 28, 2015

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: "Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, haven't you wondered: For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years (i.e., Israel's creation), how long? Do you think it can last, and that it benefits the Palestinian people?"
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8- On the peace process
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Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the establishment of the Palestinian state, which will live in peace and stability alongside Israel.’
During the reception held yesterday evening [March 28, 2016] at the presidential headquarters for the delegation of the Coalition of Sephardi Jews , led by chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews Sam Ben-Shitrit, the president added: ‘We are experiencing difficult days, and despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us. Therefore, we are trying to hold dialogue with all groups of the Israeli society.’ Likewise, he noted that he makes sure to meet with the Jewish communities in every city in the world in order to discuss the common base for the establishment of peace, as there is no other option, and that none of us can cancel the other’s existence, come what may…"
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Abbas to Europeans about Jews: “We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future… We are absolutely not against the Jewish religion… [it] is an honorable religion and we all honor it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2015


Abbas addressing Greek Parliament:
"A racist separation fence was built and continues to be built between us and the Israelis. We do not want a fence to separate us. We want a bridge that will connect us. We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future. What can prevent this? By the way, we are absolutely not against the Jewish religion, and we cannot be against the Jewish religion. The Jewish religion is an honorable religion and we all honor it, appreciate it and recognize its sanctity. Our problem is with the Zionist occupation."
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Abbas during terror wave: "Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2015
Abbas made the following statement during a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that began in October 2015. 11 Israelis had been killed in the terror wave at the time Abbas made this statement.
Headline: "The president called South America to act like the EU with regards to products from settlements"
     "President [Mahmoud Abbas] stated yesterday [Nov. 11, 2015] during his speech at the Summit of South American-Arab Countries, held in Riyadh: … 'We will continue to become members of international treaties and organizations, in order to defend our rights, and we will continue defending our people which is under occupation, through all legal and peaceful means... Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law, resolutions of international bodies, signed agreements and the Arab Peace Initiative. The time has come for some of the international forces to stop comparing the victim to the executer, because this may protract the conflict, and spread despair and frustration. If our people won’t enjoy its freedom, dignity, sovereignty and independence, no one will enjoy these things, and peace is a Palestinian, Arab and global interest, and it is within reach, If there are true will and intentions to make it.’"
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9- Speeches to the international community
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Abbas to Romanian delegation: We "are not against the Jewish religion," "our hands are extended toward peace," and "we are against all forms of terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The president: Israel's agreement to the two-state solution will be the beginning of the political solution"
       "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a Romanian media delegation yesterday [April 5, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… The president again emphasized his demand to reestablish the three-way committee to monitor incitement that would include the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in addition to the American side, and which was established 15 years ago. He said: 'We have no opposition to the establishment of a committee to monitor the incitement of the two sides, and the moment the Israeli side agrees to this committee, we are ready to participate in it.' … Likewise, he stressed that the Palestinians are against the Israeli occupation, and not against the Jewish religion, which is one of the monotheistic religions that Islam obligates us as Muslims to recognize, and to believe in its messengers. The president again emphasized that our hands are extended toward peace and we are striving to achieve it, and we are against all forms of terror and extremism, whatever their source. In addition, he noted that a fair solution to the Palestinian issue will contribute to the ending of terror and extremism, and steal away the extremists' excuse."
Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the establishment of the Palestinian state, which will live in peace and stability alongside Israel.’
During the reception held yesterday evening [March 28, 2016] at the presidential headquarters for the delegation of the Coalition of Sephardi Jews , led by chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews Sam Ben-Shitrit, the president added: ‘We are experiencing difficult days, and despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us. Therefore, we are trying to hold dialogue with all groups of the Israeli society.’ Likewise, he noted that he makes sure to meet with the Jewish communities in every city in the world in order to discuss the common base for the establishment of peace, as there is no other option, and that none of us can cancel the other’s existence, come what may…"
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Abbas to Greek President: Israel is responsible for terror, which caused European refugee crisis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2015
Headline: “The president during his meeting with his Greek colleague: The end of the occupation will put an end to all the terror problems”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Israeli occupation must be put to an end. He stated: ‘The end of the occupation will put an end to all the problems connected to it, such as terror. The end of terror will lead to the finding of solutions for the problems caused by it, such as the problem of emigration, which is no longer confined to the Middle East, but has spread to Europe and [become] an international aspect.’ President Abbas met with his Greek colleague [President] Prokipis Pavlopoulos, and with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.”
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3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
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8- On the peace process
9- Speeches to the international community




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