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Mahmoud Abbas
Speeches to the international community

Abbas' advisor: Salaries to "the families of the prisoners and Martyrs constitute social aid that the PA provides" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 22, 2017
Headline: "Shaath: The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries constitute care for innocents who have been caused harm because of Israel"
      "Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor [on Foreign Affairs and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said that the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) constitute social aid that the PA provides to the families. Shaath added in a speech at the Herzliya Conference for security [of the IDC Herzliya Institute for Policy and Strategy] near Tel Aviv on Thursday [June 21, 2017] that the salaries are a social obligation towards innocents that have been harmed as a result of the imprisonment or killing of their loved ones as a result of the military occupation.
He noted that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested approximately a million Palestinians since [Israel’s] establishment in 1948, and added: 'One of every three Palestinian men has served a prison sentence in an Israeli prison - can an intelligent person claim that these million people are terrorists?' He added: 'Honestly, to describe all of our political prisoners as terrorists is racist rhetoric.'"

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath’s entire speech in English on behalf of Abbas can be seen
here.
Abbas condemns terror attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Minya, and emphasizes standing by Egypt and its leadership against terror”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place west of the city of Minya in Egypt, in which 28 (sic., 29) Egyptians died as Martyrs (Shahids) and dozens of Coptic pilgrims were wounded (see note below –Ed.)… The president personally, on his [own] behalf and on behalf of the State of Palestine and its people, condemned this atrocious incident. He emphasized that our people stands by Egypt and its leadership, led by [Egyptian] President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in their war on terror and those who are trying to stir up a civil war and harm the social fabric.”

The article refers to a terror attack in Egypt’s Minya province on May 26, 2017, in which Muslim terrorists opened fire on a bus of Coptic Christians on their way to a monastery murdering 29, including children. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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Abbas to Russian TV: option of peace is the only option for the future 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 9, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ interview in Arabic with Russian channel RT Arabic on May 9, 2017

Interviewing for Russian media, Abbas stated that the PA’s only option is peace. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians.

RT Arabic interviewer: “Why do you still adhere to a peaceful solution, when the Israelis are not interested in it? What are you trying to achieve?”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “What choice do we have? There is no choice for us – for us and for the world – other than a peaceful solution. There are no other options. I think that the military option does not exist in the near future, and has finished its role. We have no option but [a peaceful solution].”
Abbas condemns France terror attack, while supporting terror against Israeli targets 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Palestinian PM Abbas consistently condemns terror acts abroad, while inciting, glorifying, and rewarding acts of terror against Israelis.

Headline: “He emphasized that the members of our people and its leadership stand by the side of the friend France in the struggle against terror – [PA] President Abbas expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror attack in Paris”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [April 21, 2017] sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror attack that took place two days ago at the Champs-Élysées. In the telegram that he sent to President Hollande, the president condemned this cowardly terror attack, and emphasized that our people and its leadership stand by the side of their friend the French people and its leadership in the struggle against terror.”

On April 20, 2017, 39-year-old French Muslim terrorist Karim Cheurfi shot and killed a French policeman at the Champs-Élysées in Paris before being shot and killed himself. A note praising ISIS was found by his body, and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Cairo 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2017
“[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place at St. George Church north of Cairo, the capital of Egypt, which claimed dozens of innocent killed and wounded people (see note below –Ed.). He emphasized that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand completely by the side of the Egyptian people, its leadership, and its magnificent army against ‘indiscriminate terror, which is targeting Egypt and its leading role.’ The president expressed his warm condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, his people, and his government over the victims of the cowardly terror incident. He emphasized that he is very confident of Egypt’s ability to overcome all of the difficulties…
The president also expressed his warm condolences to [Coptic] Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros.”

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Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.
Abbas claims "he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace" and that "Palestine stands against terror and violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening  received the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace, which is awarded to people who are characterized by integrity, openness, humaneness, and tolerance…
In a speech that he gave at the award reception ceremony in the city of Dortmund in Germany, the president said: ‘Judaism is a monotheistic religion that we completely respect, like Christianity and Islam. Our conflict with Israel is not against Judaism, but rather against the occupation that rules over our land and our people.’... He emphasized that he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace, dialogue, abandonment of violence, and activity through political, diplomatic, and peaceful means in order to put an end to the Israeli occupation…
The president emphasized support for dialogue between religions and cultures, and said: ‘Recently we encouraged the connection between Al-Azhar (i.e., a leading Islamic institution located in Egypt) and the Vatican, and we are sure that understandings will grow from this that will contribute to the establishment of peace, tolerance, and coexistence between all of the religions in our region and in the world.’ He also emphasized that Palestine stands against terror and violence in our region and in the world, whatever their source and form may be.”

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Abbas tells Germany: "We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president in a press conference with Merkel: We adhere to the establishment of a just peace according to the two-state solution”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 24, 2017] with German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
During a press conference that he held with the German chancellor a short time before the start of the talks, the president emphasized that the Palestinian leadership adheres to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace according to the two-state solution, which is based on the 1967 borders…

(The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ speech at the press conference –Ed.)

I again emphasize our support and our standing at your side in order to fight all of the forms of terror and its sources. We express to you our condolences over the victims of the terror operation that took place during the Christmas celebrations (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it, due to the danger that it constitutes to peace and stability in the region and in the world. We also emphasize [the need for] political solutions to conflicts in the region. We oppose military solutions and demand that all sides turn to a political solution.”
Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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Abbas tells President Trump rep he is "completely committed" to creating atmosphere for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2017
Headline: "He met with the American president's Special Representative for International Negotiations - the [PA] president: It is possible to reach a historical peace with the leadership of Trump; our strategic choice is to implement the two-state solution; Greenblatt emphasizes that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 14, 2017] in Ramallah with US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
The two sides emphasized that the PA and the US are committed to advancing a true and permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. President Abbas said that he believes that it is possible to reach a historical peace with President Trump's leadership, which would strengthen the security throughout the region. He added that he expects to discuss the possibility of making peace directly with President Trump during his upcoming visit to Washington.
Greenblatt emphasized that Trump is committed to working with the Israelis and Palestinians in order to achieve a permanent peace through direct negotiations. He also emphasized that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement.
President Abbas and Greenblatt again emphasized that the US and the PA are committed to battling violence and terror. The president [Abbas] emphasized that he is completely committed to creating an appropriate atmosphere for making peace."
Abbas to French Senate: Britain must apologize for the Balfour Declaration, accepts Israel's right to exist 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the French Senate on Feb. 8, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Yesterday [Feb. 7, 2017] the British government announced that it invited Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to attend the ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917. This is a matter that surprises us and which we condemn. We demand that the British government apologize to the Palestinian people for the destruction and expulsion that were carried out against our people... The government of Britain did not have a connection to the Middle East and Palestine in 1917. It said ‘we will give Palestine to the Jews as a national homeland.’ Now it [Britain] comes and holds a ceremony in honor of this. We say that such a decision gives to one who has no right, from one who is not the owner. However, the State of Israel exists. We cannot deny this, it exists! It does! However, the government of Britain, which sinned against our right and wrote in the Balfour Promise [interrupts himself] - it completely denied us in the Balfour Promise and did not mention us at all – it was expected that it would apologize, no less and no more."

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Abbas condemns terror attacks in Istanbul 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Istanbul”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place early yesterday morning [Jan. 1, 2016] in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, which left dozens of dead and wounded (39 killed, see note below –Ed.).
The president expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the government of Turkey, and to the Turkish people over the victims of the attack. He again condemned the terror attacks and expressed his complete opposition to them. The president emphasized Palestine’s solidarity with Turkey and with the Turkish people against terror, and the need to mobilize regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it.”

A shooting attack in which 39 were killed took place at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, Jan. 1, 2017. The terrorist, who was not identified, managed to flee the scene. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns assasination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey and states his rejection of all forms of terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president emphasized the need to consolidate all of the efforts to uproot terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 22, 2016] received Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov at his (i.e., Abbas') residence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The president again emphasized his condemnation of the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov (i.e., he was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2016, by an off-duty Turkish policeman shouting "Do not forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar"), and decried this barbaric act that all of the religions and religious laws renounce, and which contradicts all the international and humanitarian values and laws.
Likewise, the president again emphasized his absolute rejection of violence and terror in all their forms, and that the efforts against them must be consolidated and the steps necessary to uproot them must be taken."
Abbas condemns Berlin truck ramming terror attack, expresses “complete opposition to violence and all types of terror”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to the president and chancellor of Germany over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram to German President Joachim Gauck and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he expressed condolences over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident that took place in a market in Berlin and claimed dozens of civilian victims and wounded (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). The president emphasized… his condemnation of this despicable crime and his complete opposition to violence and all types of terror. He emphasized that it is necessary to consolidate all of the efforts to fight it (i.e., terror), and to take the necessary steps to prevent a continuation of the violence, aggression, and terror… His Honor emphasized his complete solidarity with Germany against this dark terror.”
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Abbas condemns terror attacks in Egypt and Turkey 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president: Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent his Egyptian counterpart, [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a telegram of condolences over the victims of the criminal terrorist bombing of the Coptic cathedral in Cairo (sic., St. Peter's Church was bombed on Dec. 11, 2016, and 25 were killed. The church is not Coptic; it is located next to the Coptic Christian St. Mark's Cathedral) that claimed dozens of victims and injured from among the brothers, members of the Egyptian people…
He emphasized that he is certain that Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror… The president expressed his condemnation and absolute opposition to this abominable crime, which stands in opposition to the values of our monotheistic religion, tradition, conventions, and the ethical values of our peoples, and to all humanitarian laws…
President Abbas called his Turkish counterpart, [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last night [Dec. 11, 2016] and expressed condolences over the victims of the two terrorist bombings that took place Saturday evening [Dec. 10, 2016] in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, that claimed dozens of dead and injured (38 were killed in the bombings –Ed.).
During the telephone conversation, the president again absolutely condemned the terrorist activities. He emphasized the solidarity of Palestine with Turkey and with the Turkish people against the terror, and the need to enlist regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it."
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.’”
Abbas spokesman on Trump election: "We will work with any president the American people elect"  
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.”
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Published in WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016; and on official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016 and PNN, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Abbas "congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas congratulated American President [Elect Donald] Trump and hopes that peace will be achieved during his tenure”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election, and expressed hope that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure.”
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Abbas to foreign press: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish history on Temple Mount was “not about politics and religion”, Jerusalem is holy to all faiths  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "During a press conference with his Italian counterpart in Bethlehem – the [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the occupation"

"During an interview with the Italian newspaper La Republica two days ago [Oct. 31, 2016]… [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized: 'The UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution talks about history and culture, and not about politics or religion. I wish to again repeat our position that Jerusalem is holy to the three religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. When we say that East Jerusalem must be open to all religions, where is the problem? The UNESCO resolution talks only about the archaeological sites.'"

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aq?a Mosque/Al-?aram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt,
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