"It may have pained us deeply when we parted from this Martyr, when we parted from this self-sacrificing fighter, of whom we are extremely proud - Omar Abu Laila... This young man, this youth, of whom we are extremely proud, this is Omar Abu Laila, who implemented his choice, who implemented the people's choice, who implemented the available choice, through which he represents all of you, represents all young Palestinians."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 23, 2019]
"We want to achieve our right and our state peacefully... We will not choose a path other than negotiations to achieve our right. We always say that we are extending our hands to the Israelis... We believe in peace and believe in security for everyone... We made agreements with 83 states in the world... prime among them the US, Canada, Britain, European states, Japan, and the like - on one issue: the war on terror in the world, terror in all its forms, variations, and sources."
[Official PA TV, in meeting with American students from Harvard University,
March 24, 2019]
The Al-Ayyam Palestinian daily newspaper added quotes from Abbas' speech that were not televised.
Abbas to Harvard students:
"I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all, but there are [other] things we can do to achieve our rights, and to protest the denial of our rights... We want to achieve our rights and our state peacefully, in other words through negotiation, and we will not choose a path other than negotiations to achieve our right. We always say that we will extend our hand to the Israeli government that will be elected."
[Al-Ayyam, March 24, 2019]