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Mahmoud Abbas
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Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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Salam Fayyad
Issa Karake
Jibril Rajoub
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


Glorifying terror and violence

Palestinian officials honor female family members of prisoners: “They are the basis for all the acts of heroism and sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 16, 2018
Headline: “Ramallah: Honoring the mothers of prisoners [serving] life sentences in the occupation’s prisons”
          “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, in partnership with the Ramallah and El-Bireh district and Fatah Movement branch, yesterday [March 15, 2018] expressed support for the mothers of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district’s prisoners who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons and have been sentenced to life sentences or heavy sentences, and this was for International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
District Governor of Ramallah [and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam said that the prisoners’ mothers and wives are greater than all of our words and letters during the short remarks she made while introducing [Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen, who spoke on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas...”
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Abbas: Removal of security measures at Temple mount following Palestinian riots was a victory, “we adhere to peaceful popular resistance (i.e., includes terror attacks)” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Fatah Movement is the leader of the national project and the struggle, and will remain so until achieving our people’s hope for freedom, independence, and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.
These statements were made during a reception he held yesterday [Aug. 15, 2017]... The president noted that the occupation tried to exploit the situation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017 to place [metal detector] gates and surveillance cameras at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.). However, the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem – women, men, children, and elderly – stood as one and told the occupation: ‘We will not agree to any change in the status quo at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The [PA] leadership stood with them, supported their demands, and emphasized that the demands of the residents of Jerusalem are the demands of the entire Palestinian people, and the [metal detector] gates and cameras were removed, and Jerusalem and its mighty people won…
The president also said: ‘We adhere to peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎), because we know what the occupation wants, and we adhere to our policies in coordination with our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and all places where the members of our people are found.’”

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Abbas vows the PA won't stop paying terrorist salaries 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop - the salaries of the Martyrs and the Martyrs' families. Of course we categorically reject this. We will not under any circumstances allow anyone to harm the families of the prisoners, the wounded, and the Martyrs. They are our children and they are our families. They honor us, and we will continue to pay them before the living."
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Abbas made this statement in response to the American demand that the PA stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of terrorists.
 


Diplomacy and/or return to violence
PA PM sends “greetings of honor and admiration on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, the [PA] government, and myself to our heroic prisoners” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 15, 2017
"[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah said… in the speech that he gave at the Third International Prisoners' Conference today, Wednesday [March 15, 2017], in Ramallah…: 'First, allow me to direct greetings of honor and admiration on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the [PA] government, and myself to our heroic prisoners who are behind the occupation's bars. They have sacrificed their freedom for the freedom of our people and for our just cause. They prove every day that they are the most concrete example of our people's struggle for its freedom'... The prime minister continued: 'I have the honor today of participating in the opening of the events of the Third International Prisoners' Day Conference and conveying to you the greetings of His Honor President brother Mahmoud Abbas and his words of praise for all of the efforts supporting our courageous prisoners in their battle to defend their human rights and dignity."

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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."



Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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Personal responsibility for terror
Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


 


Contact with enemies of the West
Abbas sends telegram to leader of North Korea wishing him "all health and happiness" for Korea's Liberation day 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 15, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president congratulates the leader of North Korea for Liberation Day"
      "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas today, Tuesday congratulated First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea National Leadership Committee, and Supreme Leader of the Army Kim Jong-un for [Korea's] Liberation Day.
The president said in a greeting telegram for the occasion that the Korean people sacrificed the most precious sacrifices for its freedom and honor, and expressed appreciation for the solidary and stable positions of Korea supporting the rights of our people and its just struggle to end the occupation and establish our independent state and its capital of East Jerusalem - the surest guarantee of realizing a just peace that all peoples of the region seek.
His Honor the president wished Leader Jong-un all health and happiness; the Korean people continued stability and prosperity; and that the historical friendly relations between Palestine and North Korea and their two peoples will continue to develop and grow."
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Abbas congratulates Iran on anniversary of 1979 revolution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2017
Headline: “He conveyed [PA] President Abbas’ blessings to the Iranian people and its leadership on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the [Islamic] Revolution – Al-Za’anoun briefs Rouhani on the situation in Palestine”

“Chairman of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) Salim Al-Za'anoun yesterday [Feb. 22, 2017] briefed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the developments in Palestine. The meeting, which was held in Tehran, dealt with the Israeli violations throughout the Palestinian territories, and particularly against the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites. Al-Za’anoun explained the importance of the Arab, Islamic, and international activity in order to aid our people and force the occupation to stop its crimes.
Al-Za’anoun conveyed to Iran’s president [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ blessings to the Iranian people and its leadership on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution…
Al-Za’anoun and his entourage also met yesterday with Iranian Parliament Chairman Ali Larijani…
It should be noted that these meetings were held on the sidelines of the sixth international Support for the Palestinian People Conference (sic., Support for the Palestinian Intifada Conference), whose concluding statement, which was published yesterday evening, called to make efforts to end the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories, and to take quick steps to support the Palestinian people and defend it from the occupation’s brutality.”

Abbas orders flags lowered to half-mast in mourning over "historic leader" Fidel Castro 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2016
Headline: “The lowering of the flags to half-mast was ordered as a sign of mourning over the death of Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 27, 2016] ordered the lowering of the flags to half-mast as a sign of mourning over the death of the historic leader, former President of Cuba Fidel Castro.”
 


Hate promotion
Abbas claims Ben Gurion was forced to bring MENA Jews to Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “[First Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben Gurion did not want to bring the Jews from the East [to Palestine]… He would say: ‘I hate these Jews because they are similar to Arabs. They’re similar to Arabs, I don’t want them… In another three to four generations they may cause some sort of problem’… But when he saw that the land is wide, he was forced to bring the Jews. The Arab Jews did not want to immigrate (sic., there was Jewish immigration from the Arab lands even before Israel’s establishment in 1948)… and so they gathered the Jews from all of the Arab states, from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. They did not leave a single one and transferred them to this land.”

Fatah promotes libel: Israel might kill Abbas like they killed Arafat 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 26, 2018

Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The attack against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has many fronts, and they are all paving the way to one goal: The attempt to steal the popular support from him in preparation for his besiegement, and if they can also kill him, they will not hesitate to do so! After all, they already killed [former PA President] Yasser Arafat before him…
Khalil Nazzal
Fatah Movement Secretary in Warsaw”
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PLO official repeats libel accusing Israel of spreading drugs for the purpose of destroying and weakening Palestinian society 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalani

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalani: “The Israelis have never ceased their efforts to infiltrate Palestinian society and destroy it. There are two means for the destruction: Weapons, which created the chaos, and drugs.”

Official PA TV host: “In order to keep the people away from involvement in politics.”

Majdalani: “In order to keep society away, to weaken it, and to erode society. These are the two weapons that the occupation uses. There is an additional weapon and it is the weapon of terror, which is [used] daily. Those are the two dangerous weapons. Weapons have a role in destroying society, weapons that are transferred to gangs who deal in it, transfer it, and sell it has a specific role. It has a specific role and that is the creation of strife and a situation of internal tension…
 


Abbas on Jerusalem
Abbas: US Ambassador to Israel is "son of a bitch" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the PA headquarters in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “They [the US] decided to transfer their embassy to it [Jerusalem], cut their allocations to UNRWA, and consider settlement legal. This was said by more than one American official, the first of them is their ambassador here in Tel Aviv, David Friedman, who said: "They are building in their land." Son of a bitch! (Lit: “son of a dog”) They are building in their land? He is a settler, his family are settlers, and he is the US ambassador in Tel Aviv, so what do we expect of him?”
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Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”

Abbas: Removal of security measures at Temple mount following Palestinian riots was a victory, “we adhere to peaceful popular resistance (i.e., includes terror attacks)” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Fatah Movement is the leader of the national project and the struggle, and will remain so until achieving our people’s hope for freedom, independence, and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.
These statements were made during a reception he held yesterday [Aug. 15, 2017]... The president noted that the occupation tried to exploit the situation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017 to place [metal detector] gates and surveillance cameras at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.). However, the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem – women, men, children, and elderly – stood as one and told the occupation: ‘We will not agree to any change in the status quo at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The [PA] leadership stood with them, supported their demands, and emphasized that the demands of the residents of Jerusalem are the demands of the entire Palestinian people, and the [metal detector] gates and cameras were removed, and Jerusalem and its mighty people won…
The president also said: ‘We adhere to peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎), because we know what the occupation wants, and we adhere to our policies in coordination with our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and all places where the members of our people are found.’”

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Non-recognition of Israel

Abbas: Europeans “wanted to get rid of the Jews to benefit from them in our land” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to PLO Central Council:
"There is an important matter – the Jews' immigration [to Palestine]. The Jews did not want to immigrate, not even because of killing, slaughter. They did not want to immigrate. Even during the Holocaust that took place, they did not immigrate [to Palestine]. They did not immigrate... [Theodor] Herzl (i.e., founder of modern Zionism) used to say: 'Antisemitism is the engine of Zionism. The more antisemitic a person is the more beneficial he is to us because he advances the Zionist goal by expelling the Jews.' They [the Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews there for their reasons and to benefit from them in our land - killing two birds with one stone."
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Abbas: Israel "is a colonialist project that has no connection to Judaism... The Jews were used as pawns" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to PLO Central Council:
"Egyptian intellectual Abd Al-Wahab Al-Masiri, one of the most important writers on the Zionist movement and Judaism... He described this entity as following: 'The functional nature of Israel is that colonialism created it in order to fill a specific role. It is a colonialist project that has no connection to Judaism.' It has no connection to Judaism, but the Jews were used as pawns and they were [made pawns] by way of slogans such as 'the Promised Land,' and 'the Beloved Homeland.' These slogans were invented for them, and they were brought here."
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Abbas distorts history: Israel is Europe's "colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2018
Excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council on Jan. 14, 2018

      "Egyptian intellectual Abd Al-Wahab Al-Masri, may his memory be a blessing, was one of the most important people that spoke about the Zionist and Jewish movement… He described this entity with these words: 'The significance of Israel’s functional character is that colonialism created it in order to fill a specific role; it is a colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns, and they were, under the motto 'the Promised Land' and 'the Beloved Land,' and they brought them here'…
There is an important matter – how will the Jews immigrate [to Palestine]? The Jews do not want to immigrate because of killing and slaughter. Even during the Holocaust that took place they did not immigrate [to Palestine] (sic., there were many attempts to immigrate to the Land of Israel, many of which were blocked by the British). By the way, the number of Jews in Palestine in 1948 did not exceed 640,000, and most of them came from Europe. [Theodor] Herzl [a founder of modern Zionism] used to say: 'Antisemitism is the engine of Zionism' – in other words, the more antisemitic a person is, the more beneficial he is to us [the Jews]. This is because he advances the Zionist goal – to expel the Jews from their countries to Palestine."
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On the peace process

Abbas favors peaceful path to reach agreement with Israel, says to PLO Council that he has no weapons, suggests sarcastically that those who favor war leave him alone and go do as they wish 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, live broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the 28th meeting of the PLO Central Council

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We also always say that we adhere to negotiations as a way to reach a political arrangement with the Israelis. In other words, we do not want war. We will not call for a military war between us and Israel.
OK, whoever has [weapons], should do it – I say so to everyone. (Abbas turns to a man in the audience:) Abbas, you have weapons, act. (Audience is laughing.) I’m with you, I’ll help you. Whoever has weapons should act. Me, I don't have weapons. I want the political path, the peaceful path (stresses “peaceful path” -Ed.) in order to reach an arrangement. (Some applause) The supporters of peace are few (sparse applause), the rest are advocates of war.”

Abbas emphasizes he seeks peace with Israel through continued conversation with Israelis, but PLO can make its own decisons 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We have an additional matter and it is important, and I think it needs to continue. I don't impose my decisions on the [PLO Central] Council. The council is free to make the decisions it wants. We have the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel, the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel. A group of young men and women are responsible for it, women and men who are speaking with the supporters of peace in Israel, or [with] those who are expected to be supporters of peace… We must try, we will continue with these meetings because they are beneficial meetings. After all, with whom do we seek peace? With the State of Israel – or not? If there will be [two states,] Israel and Palestine, we will need to coexist and speak with each other. So let us speak with each other from this moment, and we are continuing the conversation, and it is not connected to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu rejecting peace. We must maintain these actions."

Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Speeches to the international community

Abbas condemns terror “whatever its form and source may be” in press conference with French president  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: We emphasize the importance of France’s role in supporting the peacemaking efforts, Palestine is part of the international effort to [make] war on terror”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the importance of France’s role in supporting the peacemaking efforts in the region. In a joint press conference with his French counterpart [French President] Emmanuel Macron, which was held yesterday evening [July 5, 2017], …he emphasized: ‘Our choice is the two-state solution according to the 1967 borders, that the Israeli occupation of our land will end, that our people will receive its freedom and its independence in its state whose capital is East Jerusalem, and that all of the permanent agreement issues will be solved according to the decisions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.’
The president condemned terror, whatever its form and source may be. He emphasized that Palestine supports every international and regional effort for its eradication in our region and in the world, and that the State of Palestine is part of the collective international effort to [make] war on all forms of terror and extremism.”

Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”

Abbas speech to UN Security Council demonizes Israel, slams US, but proposes international peace plan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2018
This transcript of PA Chairman Abbas' speech before the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 was published by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, on Feb. 20, 2018.

"Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.
We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.
All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result..."

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