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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 quotes Quranic verse encouraging ‎violent resistance in speech 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 28, 2014
     ‎“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has ‎addressed our people several times since ‎the start of the aggression against the ‎Gaza Strip (i.e., 2014 Gaza war). Each ‎time, he added something new to the ‎chain of events and their rapid ‎development in a way that served the ‎Palestinian cause – in particular, the Gaza ‎Strip, which sacrificed Martyrs (Shahids) ‎on a daily basis.‎ In his speech two days ago [Aug. 26, ‎‎2014], the President announced the end ‎of the aggression against the Gaza Strip ‎based on the Egyptian initiative, to which ‎he has supported all along. Last month, ‎he said other things suggesting that he ‎opposes the occupation and supports the ‎resistance of our people. Many ‎considered the fact that he concluded ‎his speech with the Quranic verse, ‎‎‘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) as a ‎clear and open [show of] support for the ‎resistance, and a call to [manifest] anger ‎against the occupation. This was ‎realized on the ground in the West ‎Bank, which answered the President’s ‎call and set out to confront the ‎occupation.”‎
Abbas "gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014
Op-ed by Muhannad Ubeid
Headline: "
A single Quranic verse ignited the West Bank"
     "[Mahmoud] Abbas realized that by staying outside the arena, he would be excluded from the political game. He also knows that the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank is ready for an explosion. Therefore, he gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose. Isn't the Quranic verse he quoted during his last 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" [Sura 22:39, trans. Sahih International] a clear sign to loosen the reins on the street?
Furthermore, what is the meaning of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi's statement regarding the West Bank's need to enter into an armed Intifada? It's been a long time since we heard a member of the Fatah leadership talk about weapons. The West Bank's entrance into the line of confrontation will reshuffle the cards, and the action is still just beginning. Israel will not agree to a third Intifada, and this is precisely what Abbas wants. He wants Israel to knock on his door in order to find a solution."
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Abbas awards the order of merit to terrorist who, according to Abbas' own newspaper, planned suicide bombings 
Source: Official PA daily, 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].‎.. He 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 ‎(i.e., terror attack on bus transporting workers killing three).”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

The following are descriptions of the terror attacks the award recipient was involved in‎:
Attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry – ‎On Oct. 21, 1985, the Israeli Navy ‎intercepted the Ataviros, a ship carrying 28 ‎Palestinian terrorists from Egypt to Israel. ‎The terrorists were planning to attack the ‎Defense Ministry building in Tel Aviv, take ‎hostages and demand the release of ‎Palestinian prisoners. The ship was ‎intercepted and sunk; 20 terrorists drowned and 8 ‎were arrested.‎
Attack on the nuclear facilities in Dimona – On ‎March 7, 1988, Muhammad Abd Al-Qader ‎Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh ‎Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid ‎Muhammad Kallab hijacked a bus carrying ‎workers to the Negev Nuclear Research ‎Center in Dimona, and murdered 3 of its ‎passengers
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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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Abbas: PA will not disarm "the Resistance [Hamas]" 
Source: Sada El-Balad TV (Egypt)‎, Aug. 23, 2014
Sada El-Balad TV host: “Mr. President, honestly, and tell me clearly in front of everyone ‎‎– did Egypt, at any point, say ‘we’ll disarm or agree to disarm the Resistance [Hamas]’?”‎
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It [Egypt] never said that. It was the US Secretary of ‎State who once said that to me … He told me: ‘disarm.’ I told him: ‘Yes, once I have one ‎state, one law, one rifle and one government, then you ask me to disarm. Not now. ‎Give me a state and then I’ll decide.’ Egypt didn’t demand this – Israel did… Since the ‎coup against the PA and to this day, we’ve been transferring more than 50% of our ‎budget to Gaza, including [salaries] to 60-70 thousand civil servants who aren’t ‎working. They are [in Gaza] and are receiving salaries. We pay them, because they’ve ‎been prevented from working. Hamas came [to power after the coup] and appointed ‎other people in their place.”‎
Official PA daily: Abbas protects the Palestinian youth, but Mashaal uses children's deaths for political gain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 14, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily
     ‎“In his meeting with academics at the ‎presidential residence in Ramallah, ‎President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘I ‎consider each Palestinian child and youth ‎as my own son, and I am responsible for ‎his safety.’ [...]
Immediately after the Israeli Operation ‎Cast Lead (2008-09) against Gaza ended, ‎we read that the head of the Hamas ‎Political Bureau Khaled Mashaal ‎answered a French journalist who had ‎asked him what his people were capable ‎of doing against Israel’s army, the ‎strongest army in the region. Mashaal ‎answered: ‘The Israeli army may achieve ‎progress. But when the world sees the ‎body parts and blood of the Palestinian ‎children, women and elderly the equation ‎will change!”‎

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Fatah: Abbas promotes violence in name of Islam 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 28, 2014

 

Caption:
"Fatah - The Main Page"
Abbas: "In the name of Allah the Merciful '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.'"
Song accompanies scenes of violence:
"Protect the sanctuary and protect them
Knights of the sanctuary are holding the flags
Whenever they [Israelis] go crazy, and when our eyes are closed
We open our eyes on the sanctuary and its borders
When the land calls its men, it finds us as shining swords
There's nothing more precious. We kneel only to the Creator
When the land calls its men, it finds us as shining swords
There's nothing more precious. We kneel only to the Creator."
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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas lists terms for ceasefire, concluding: "‎[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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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: Official PA daily, 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.'"
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Abbas bestows Star of Palestine medal on Hugo Chavez 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2014
Headline: “The President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] bestowed the Star of Palestine on ‎the late Chavez and exchanged ‎decorations with his Venezuelan ‎counterpart”‎
‎     “The visit made by President of the State of ‎Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to Caracas ‎yesterday [May 17, 2014], culminated in the ‎signing of two cooperation agreements ‎with Venezuela…‎
In addition, the President awarded the ‎Bolivar leader Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias a ‎Star of Palestine decoration of the highest ‎order in appreciation of his efforts for the ‎Palestinian cause.‎
The decoration was received by the ‎daughter of the deceased, Rosa Maria, at a ‎ceremony held at the Museum of the ‎Revolution, in the presence of the Vice ‎President of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, ‎Fatah Central Committee member Saeb ‎Erekat, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs ‎Riyad Al-Malki, ‎Diplomatic Advisor to the President Majdi ‎Al-Khaledi, Palestinian Ambassador to ‎Venezuela Linda Sobh, members of the ‎Palestinian community and several senior ‎Venezuelan officials.‎
The order for the bestowing of the medal ‎on the deceased President Chavez stated ‎that the medal was being given ‘in ‎recognition of his principled and firm ‎positions in garnering regional and ‎international support to help the ‎Palestinian people achieve their legal ‎rights to freedom and independence, and ‎in appreciation of his efforts, his humanity, ‎his extensive influence and his struggle to ‎support oppressed peoples in all parts of ‎the world.’‎
In addition, President Abbas laid a wreath ‎of flowers on Chavez’s grave.”‎

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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 “heartfelt best wishes” to North Korean ruler 
Source: Official PA daily, 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.”
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Ramallah governor speaking in Abbas’ name ‎calls the Israeli army “killing gangs”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 12, 2014
     ‎“District Governor of Ramallah and El-‎Bireh Laila Ghannam paid a visit of ‎mourning, in the name of [PA] ‎President Mahmoud Abbas, to the ‎home of the Al-Qatari family, following ‎the Martyrdom (Shahada) of Issa Al-‎Qatari. Ghannam relayed a telegram of ‎condolence from President Mahmoud ‎Abbas to the Al-Qatari family, which ‎read: ‘It is with great sadness that we ‎received the news of the Martyrdom of ‎the dear deceased boy Issa Khaled Issa ‎Al-Qatari, who was murdered by the ‎killing gangs of the abominable Israeli ‎occupation army.’”‎

Note: Issa Al-Qatari was shot during a ‎riot where an explosive device was ‎thrown at Israeli army forces. ‎
Abbas: There were 861 Fatah Martyrs ‎and only 50 Hamas Martyrs during the ‎Gaza War 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2014
     ‎“President [Mahmoud] Abbas said… ‎during a meeting with Egyptian journalists ‎and intellectuals in Cairo… that the ‎number of Martyrs (Shahids) from Hamas ‎during the aggression against Gaza (i.e., ‎Operation Protective Edge) was only 50, ‎while 861 Martyrs fell from Fatah. He ‎emphasized: ‘Israel is responsible and it is ‎the one attacking our people in the Gaza ‎Strip. It is responsible for what’s going on. ‎Of course, it is Israel that killed.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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: Official PA daily, 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.”
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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: "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 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."
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Abbas rep: Palestinian presence in Jerusalem is 5000 years old, Israel threatens the city's Islamic-Christian identity 
Source: Official PA daily, 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.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA Minister of Religious Affairs demands all of Jerusalem for Palestinians, "Or there will be no peace" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash. The audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and PA Finance Minister Jawad Naji.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our rights are non-negotiable and we state them clearly. We want a real state with clear borders, with Jerusalem as its capital – and hear [me] well: Jerusalem as its capital, not with its capital in Jerusalem; its capital is the whole of Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem – who ever wishes [otherwise], let them wish [otherwise] and whoever opposes, let them oppose, in spite of them. Jerusalem will be nothing other than ours, or there will be no peace…
Forming one government for one people, one authority, one state, with one leadership and one weapon; with one decision that will lead, in a few months’ time, to free elections, in which the Palestinian people will state its will…
[The new unity government] will concentrate the administrative decisions (i.e., all internal affairs) of the Palestinian government and the Palestinian people under one umbrella, one authority, one weapon and one security [establishment], which will protect the rights of the Palestinian people and the dignity of the Palestinian person.”
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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 in the presence of PA and Fatah leaders Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Fatah Central Committee, Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee, Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, President's office Sec. Gen., Yasser Abd Rabbo, PLO Sec. Gen., Ahmad Tibi, Israeli Arab Member of Israeli Parliament‎:
      "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.
Abbas embraces singer performing song presenting Israeli cities as "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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Note: All the cities presented as “Palestine” (see bold) are actually Israeli cities. ‎
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 intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by 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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Abbas demands release of terrorist murderers as part of cease fire agreement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014
The following statement was made during the 2014 Gaza war while Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
     “[PA] Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziad Abu Ein emphasized that… the leadership has requested the immediate release of all people arrested in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem during the recent events, whose numbers exceed 1,500, as these arrests were carried out in an extortive and terroristic manner by the occupation authorities.
He added that the leadership has emphasized the President’s [Mahmoud Abbas’] request that the [demand to release the] fourth phase of [prisoners] arrested before the Oslo [Accords], as well as all [imprisoned] Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council) members, including MPs Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, be included in the truce agreement he is working on in Cairo.”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
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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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