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This special report documents the many Palestinian Authority violations of its commitments to Israel and the West in May 2010, the first month of the proximity talks. Click for full report.

This special report documents the many Palestinian Authority violations of its commitments to Israel and the West in June 2010, the second month of the proximity talks. Click for full report.
PA Security Forces Spokesman: Goal is Palestinian state, right of return for all refugees, and release of all the prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2017
Headline: “Al-Damiri: No negotiations with the Israelis without sources of authority and a timeframe for ending the occupation”
       “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and Official Spokesman of the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is adhering to our people’s right to establish its independent and fully sovereign state whose capital is Jerusalem, the return of the refugees, and the release of all of the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons.”
Official PA daily edits statement from U.S. President Trump by removing call to cease terror and incitement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2017
Headline : “Trump: I expect to work with [PA] President Abbas to establish peace; the [PA] president during a press conference with his American counterpart: The freedom of our people is the key to peace, the demands of the prisoners are just”

“US President Donald Trump said that the US expects to work with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to achieve peace, advance the Palestinian economy, and make efforts in the war on terror.
He added that establishing peace must take place in an environment free of violence (see Trump’s actual statement below –Ed.), and noted that the US will help the Palestinian side and the Israeli side to reach a permanent agreement.”

The article has ignored US President Donald Trump’s call to stop funding terror by only paraphrasing the first half of his statement from the joint press conference with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. Trump’s full statement was as follows: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded or rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice.”
PLO chief negotiator Erekat threatens ending peace process if US embassy moved to Jerusalem 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 21, 2017
“PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat yesterday, Saturday [May 20, 2017], said that transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem means ‘the end of the peace process.’
During a meeting on peace at the World Economic Forum that is being held now at Sweimeh on the Dead Sea coast, west of Amman, Erekat added: ‘We think that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes the end of the peace process.’
He added: ‘What we mean is that as far as the Palestinians are concerned, a state whose capital is not East Jerusalem is meaningless.’”
Israeli-Egyptian Peace Agreement remembered as ‘difficult day’ by Palestinians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 20, 2017
Official PA TV program Buy Time in Jerusalem, on former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem in 1977

Official PA TV reporter: “[Arab ] residents of Jerusalem sat in the cafes and their homes and saw the leader of the largest Arab state land at the airport in Lod (i.e., Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport). It was Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar Sadat, the bitter enemy of Israel, and the man who broke the legend of the invincible [Israeli] army in the Yom Kippur War. It was a difficult night, so much so that many of them broke into tears when they saw that Egypt was leaving the circle of conflict, and mutual recognition began as [then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem] Begin, [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin, [later Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, and [former Israeli Prime Minister] Golda Meir welcomed Sadat with wide smiles…
When Sadat gave a speech before the Israeli Parliament, the Jerusalem street was struck with disappointment in light of Egypt, the strongest Arab state, leaving the circle of conflict without the Palestinian people having received its rights. They say that this day was the most difficult day since the occupation of Jerusalem.”
PA chief negotiator Erekat: No difference between ISIS terrorism and ‘Israeli occupation terrorism’ 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 5, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: The PLO’s plan will remain in place until the establishment of the State of Palestine”

“[PLO] Executive Committee Secretary [and PLO Chief Negotiator and Fatah Central Committee member] Dr. Saeb Erekat in a press statement discussed the general political situation and the changes that have started to take place in the region and in the world since the US presidential elections…
[Erekat said that] there are large changes that cannot be denied. However, we as Palestinians have not stopped our contact with the new American administration on all levels since Jan. 20 [2017] (i.e., since US President Donald Trump took office), as head of the Palestinian [General] Intelligence [Service] Majid Faraj held a number of meetings and conversations with his colleagues in the US . Afterwards, the head of the American [Central] Intelligence Agency [Mike Pompeo] came and met with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah [on Feb . 15, 2017]. We as Palestinians, as the president said, will work alongside the Trump administration with full positivity on the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, the peace process option, and the illegality of settlement. The transfer of the American embassy or anything similar means the elimination of the peace process. Our positions are known and very clear, and we have conveyed messages to the American administration in a clear and precise manner. We are part of the region that is experiencing the phenomenon of ISIS and the rest of the revelations of terror. We are against harming Islam, and we are an inseparable part of the war against terror in this region. However, whoever wants to defeat ISIS and ISIS’ terror must start by drying up the swamp of the Israeli occupation, as it is the worst type of terror. There is no difference between a criminal who kills a journalist on behalf of ISIS in Syria and Iraq and a criminal who sets the infant Ali Dawabsheh , his mother, his fat
Abbas’ advisor: US embassy transfer to “occupied” Jerusalem would end Palestinian preparedness for negotiation 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “Shaath: Trump is still limiting our relations to the security aspect alone”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Foreign Affairs [and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said today, Wednesday [March 1, 2017], that American President Donald Trump’s administration is still limiting the dialogue with the Palestinian leadership to the security aspect alone, and is not holding any official political discussion with it.
Shaath noted in an interview with the [official Chinese] news agency Xinhua that… the Palestinian side is prepared to hold any type of discussion with the Trump administration, as long as it does not transfer the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, and does not back down from the two-state solution, and in this way maintains the foundations of the peace process…
He also noted that the central Palestinian priorities include ‘opposing all of the possibilities of transferring the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after the Trump administration postponed the matter but did not cancel it, which still concerns us.’”
PLO official: We will never recognize a Jewish State 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 25, 2017
Headline: "Rafat: We will not agree to any Israeli soldier remaining on our land"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat emphasized that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the pillars of his government, and all those who stand by its side or support it know well that there will never be a Palestinian that agrees or can agree to renounce even one of the Palestinian rights that have been anchored in the agreements and decisions of international bodies…
He continued: 'Our recognition of Israel as part of the ‘Oslo’ declaration of principles agreement (i.e., 1993 Oslo Accords) does not mean in any way that we have recognized what is called the "Jewish state," and that recognition will never take place, just as no Palestinian will agree to even one Israeli soldier remaining in the territories of the Palestinian state.'"
PLO official: If US transfers embassy, PLO will revoke all agreements and ties with Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 23, 2017
Official PA TV News, telephone interview with Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: "Transferring the embassy means only one thing: recognition of Israel's decision to annex occupied East Jerusalem. By doing this, the US is saying that the topic of Jerusalem has been resolved, and that Jerusalem - western and eastern – is the capital of the State of Israel. Therefore, the PLO's recognition of Israel cannot continue. The PLO cannot recognize Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel. It is impossible. Therefore, the first step will be revoking the recognition [of Israel]. The second step will of course be revoking the signed agreements, and the decision of the [PLO] Central Council to break off the security and political ties and the negotiations with Israel will be implemented. We will request that Israel be suspended from its membership in the UN General Assembly. We will increase our efforts to receive a judicial ruling from the International Criminal Court to investigate senior Israeli officials regarding the settlements and the aggression against Gaza and the prisoners, in addition to other steps entailed by the transition from the stage of an authority to the stage of a state. In other words, we will have a government that is the PLO Executive Committee, and a Palestinian parliament that is the parliament of the State of Palestine, and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] will also be the president of the State of Palestine, in addition to other steps, such as a call for an Arab and Islamic summit, a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement , and taking the appropriate steps in the Arab and Islamic world against this aggressive position."
Fatah official: "Transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Shtayyeh: We, Jordan, and all of the Arabs constitute a united front against the Judaization of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh said… as he received Jordanian Ambassador to Palestine Khaled Al-Shawabkeh in his office on Wednesday [Jan. 18, 2017]… ‘The possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations, and it contradicts the position of successive American administrations.’ He also noted that American presidents before [US President-elect Donald] Trump have declared their intention to transfer the embassy, but they acted wisely and did not carry out their promises. Shtayyeh continued: ‘We want everyone to use all of their political and diplomatic opportunities to prevent the execution of the decision; Jerusalem is one of the issues of the permanent solution, and the [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] considered it a Palestinian city.’”

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." Click "full article" for more information.
Official threatens PLO will revoke recognition of Israel in response to US embassy move 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Khaled: We must remind Trump about international law”
     “PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khaled warned against the dangers of any uncalculated adventure that American President-elect Donald Trump might set off on at the US Presidential Inauguration Ceremony this Friday [Jan. 20, 2017] or afterwards, through a declaration on the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…
Tayseer Khaled again emphasized that we must move from non-credible verbal threats to active steps which have been long awaited, if Donald Trump sets off on an uncalculated adventure like this. This would be by the PLO declaring the end of the transition period, ending the unfair obligations that are imposed on it - including the revocation of the Palestinian recognition of the State of Israel which was given for free, relying on UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19 on recognition of the State of Palestine (i.e., the granting of non-member observer state status to the PA in 2012) and on the recent [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 last Dec. 24 (sic., Dec. 23, 2016), and calling on the international community to bear its responsibilities and to stop working with Israel as an unusual state that is above the law and has a right to act according to the law of the jungle.”
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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-Stat
Fatah spokesman claims Jerusalem as the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and not as the capital of two states" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 29, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: Kerry's speech is important, but its principles are not sources of authority for the resolution of the Palestinian issue"
     "[Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem and] Fatah Movement leadership member Raafat Alayan described the speech of American Secretary of State John Kerry (on Dec. 28, 2016, laying out US President Barack Obama's vision for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians –Ed.) as an important speech, despite the comments he hid within it…
Alayan concluded and said that our Palestinian people and its political leadership are determined to end the Israeli occupation of all the Palestinian territories, and particularly of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and not as the capital of two states as Kerry wishes. Likewise, he said that the issue of the refugees is not an issue for negotiation, but rather an issue of the right of return and self-determination, and the time has come for us to have a sovereign state and for the longest occupation in the world to end."
Official PA daily expects Trump to revise US policy in Israel’s favor, warns of “unprecedented responses in the Palestinian arena” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2016
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist of the official PA daily

The columnist notes the Israeli right's satisfaction with US President-elect Donald Trump's victory, but adds:

Headline: “Israel and Trump”
“However, there is a trend in Israel that is not optimistic and is not pinning hopes on the policy of [US] President [-elect Donald] Trump… out of concern that the man will turn against Israel. But this does not cancel the general trend of Trump and his Vice [President-elect Mike] Pence, which clearly leans towards unprecedented support of Israel, which is liable to lead to unprecedented responses in the Palestinian arena.

This is because apparently, the personality of the new president is not based on guidelines and defined principles, and with him everything can change other than the support for rebellious and law-breaking Israel.

This must cause us to formulate different scenarios for dealing with the dramatic developments as a result of President Trump’s election, because the current policy will not be the same policy after he takes the seat of power in the White House. Whoever thinks [it will remain the same] is wrong. Therefore, we must open a direct dialogue with him now, immediately, even before he actually takes office on Jan. 20, 2017. Likewise, we must extricate by force the UN resolutions that we can now (i.e., work to pass anti-Israeli UN resolutions before Trump takes office –Ed.).”
Contrary to message in Arabic to Palestinians, Abbas states to Russian PM that the PA wants the two-state solution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President: Our recognition of Israel cannot be for free, and it must implement the agreements that have been signed”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that ‘Our recognition of the State of Israel cannot be for free, for at the same time there needs to be Israeli recognition of the State of Palestine.’ The president yesterday [Nov. 11, 2016], during a press conference with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Jericho, expressed his confidence that Russia will have an active and supporting role in every political process in our region…
The president said that [US President-elect Donald] Trump’s victory in the presidency is ‘an American issue.’ Likewise, he said: ‘We have followed the election process for over a year. What interests us is what Trump will say after he reaches the White House. What we demand of him is that the US will accept the solution of two states living side by side in security and stability, and that it will act to implement it.’”
PLO official blames US for failed peace talks; accuses US of bias in favor of Israel, covering Israeli “crimes” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: " Abu Yusuf: Trump's victory will not add anything new to the complicity between the US and Israel"

"Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf said that the bias of the American Administration in favor of the Israeli occupation state is constant and not connected to the victory of [US President-elect Donald] Trump or [Democratic presidential candidate Hillary] Clinton. Abu Yusuf emphasized in a press interview that 'The Democratic and Republican parties have a constant policy regarding the Palestinian cause.'

Likewise, he emphasized that when talking about the Palestinian cause in the American corridors, the talk is about an obvious bias in favor of the occupation and the covering of its crimes by the American parties throughout the years of the Democratic and Republican administrations.

He said that the failure to advance in the matter of negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides is caused by the American sponsorship of these discussions, which has been characterized for years by American complicity with the occupation's policies. He noted that the victory of the Republican party candidate, Donald Trump, does not add anything new to this complicity.

[Click full article for more information]
PLO Chief Negotiator threatens US: If embassy moved to Jerusalem, US interests harmed in Islamic world 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016
Erekat assumes US administration could never Israeli capital and settlement -building; blames Israel for all “evil” in the Middle East; hopes peace process will cause “drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation”

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program The Day’s Events

Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We will make every possible effort with the next American administration and with the European Union, and especially France, to convene an international peace summit (i.e., the French Initiative) that will initiate a credible and meaningful peace process that will lead to the drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation which has become a source of the evil of this region in general…

[Click full article for more information]
Abbas spokesman: "We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace in the Middle East" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace”
“Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that: ‘We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace in the Middle East, which is based on the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem the capital of the State of Palestine.’
Abu Rudeina added in a statement today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], that the American administration understands that achieving stability and peace in the region will come through a fair solution to the Palestinian issue according to [the resolutions of] the international bodies, which will lead to the elimination of the chaos and extremism in the world.”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016; Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016; PNN, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 9, 2016]
PLO official: "We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Erekat: We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution...”
     “Chief Palestinian negotiator [and Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee] Dr. Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian side hopes that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution.
Erekat said that the achievement of security, peace, and stability in this region will only be carried out through the establishment of the independent State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, whose capital is Jerusalem.”
Senior PLO official: Releasing terrorists is a precondition for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2016
     “Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Dr. Saeb Erekat… said in a speech he gave at the Palestinian National Security Summit held in Gaza that … in regard to everything related to the peace process, ‘We are striving for peace and interested in peace, but everybody must understand that our peace will not be at any price,’ as eternal President Yasser Arafat said and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas says today. The peace is based on Israel’s retreat to the borders of June 7, 1967 (sic., June 4, 1967), with East Jerusalem as our capital, a solution to the refugee issue according to [UN] Resolution 194, and the release of the prisoners at the time of the signing of the agreement.'”

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues that the resolution only calls for a limited return and only under certain conditions, especially focusing on the words "wishing to return... and live at peace with their neighbors."
Abbas: I will never recognize Israel as a Jewish State 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 27, 2016
Official PA TV aired an interview of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas originally broadcast on Sudanese TV during his visit to Sudan in July 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It is possible to sit around the negotiation table after we ask them what the meaning of a Jewish state is. I will recognize the State of Israel, I recognize the State of Israel, and that is it. However a Jewish state is not my affair. I will not recognize it at all and I will not accept it. In the past, in 1993, in mutual recognition between the late [Yasser] Arafat and [the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin, the one recognized the PLO and the other recognized the State of Israel, finished! When Israel made the peace agreement with Egypt it did not request of [Egypt] to recognize it as a Jewish state. When it made the Arava Agreement with Jordan (i.e., the Jordan peace agreement) it did not ask this of [Jordan]. Why is it asking us to recognize it as a Jewish state? Go to the [UN] General Assembly and change your name. If you wanted to change it, change your name. However, [if] you ask me, I will not accept and it is impossible that I will accept [the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state]. Let [Israel] continue to talk about a Jewish state and we will soundly reject it.”
November 2015 poll: 62% of Palestinians oppose returning to peace talks at the current time 
Source: Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org), Nov. 16, 2015
"(62.3%) of the Palestinian public oppose going back to the peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis under the prevailing conditions, whilst only (22.3%) of the respondents support that and (15.4%) declined to answer the corresponding question. "

"[Text taken from] [t]he latest poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali and conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org), during the period from October 18 – November 12, 2015 covered a random sample of (1000) Palestinian respondents representing the various demographic specimens of Palestinians (18 years and above) living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip."
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