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Mahmoud Abbas
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Mahmoud Abbas
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Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Ahmed Qurei
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
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas’ advisor posts graphic images of synagogue terror attack and calls it “the heroic ‎operation”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Sultan Abu Al-Einein, advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered ‎a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted this photo and text on his Facebook page: ‎



Text: "Pictures from the scene of the heroic operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror ‎attack) at the religious Zionist institute, in response to the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) ‎Yussuf Al-Ramouni 'Abu Jihad.'" ‎
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Note: Yussuf Al-Ramouni – Arab bus driver from East Jerusalem who was found ‎hanged at a bus terminal in Jerusalem on Nov. 16, 2014. Although an autopsy ‎performed by the Israeli Abu Kabir Forensic Institute and a pathologist chosen by the ‎family of Al-Ramouni revealed no signs of violence, Palestinian media immediately ‎presented the incident as a murder perpetrated by Jewish settlers.‎
Abbas’ advisor posts graphic image of dead terrorists and calls their attack “the heroic ‎operation”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Sultan Abu Al-Einein, advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered ‎a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted this picture of ‎the two dead terrorists: ‎


Text: "The enemy media: Martyrs (Shahids) Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, cousins from ‎Jabal Mukkaber, who carried out the heroic operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror ‎attack)."‎
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Abbas condemns synagogue terror attack, but his advisor and Fatah glorify it 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, ‎entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ office condemned the attack, whereas his advisor Sutlan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah chose to glorify it. ‎The following is the condemnation issued by Abbas’ office:‎

     ‎"The President's [Abbas'] Office has always condemned the murder of citizens on any side, and ‎today, it condemns the murder of the worshippers in the synagogue in West Jerusalem. In addition, ‎it condemns all acts of violence regardless of their source, and demands an end to the invasions of ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the provocations of the settlers, and the incitement on the part of several ‎Israeli ministers.‎
In addition, the President's Office emphasizes that the time has come to end the occupation and ‎eliminate the causes of the tension and violence. We emphasize our commitment to a just solution ‎based on the two-state solution, in keeping with the resolutions of the international institutions, and ‎to preserving the atmosphere of calm and the understandings reached with [Jordanian] King ‎Abdallah II and with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman [in November 2014]." ‎
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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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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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Abbas representative visits Sudan and gives greetings from Abbas to Sudanese president 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 27, 2014
     “The Fatah delegation that left for Sudan last Thursday to participate in the fourth conference of the Sudanese National Congress [party], concluded its visit today. The delegation was led by Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Dhiab Ayyush. Samir Abd Al-Jabbar, ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sudan, was also present at the conference. Last Thursday [Oct. 23, 2014], the Sudanese National Congress party held its fourth conference, attended by thousands of party members and officials and headed by the party chairman, President Omar Al-Bashir… The conference opened with a speech by [the representative of] Palestine, which was given the honor of being the first to speak. In his speech, Abbas Zaki addressed those present and the participating guests. He greeted the Sudanese leadership and people, and delivered the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to President Omar Bashir.”
Abbas sends congratulatory telegram to Kim Jong-un 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory telegram to Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, on the anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Workers’ Party, which took place yesterday [Oct. 10, 2014].
In his telegram, President [Abbas] expressed hope that by this time next year, the fraternal Korean nation will have realized its goals and expectations for progress and prosperity. In addition, the President praised the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its support of the Palestinian people, and for its support, in all [international] forums, of our people’s firm right to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital - a state that lives in security and peace and [maintains] good relations with all its neighbors. In addition, he expressed hope that the historic relations of solidarity between Palestine and the Democratic People’s [Republic of] Korea, as well as between their two peoples, would continue to grow and develop.”
From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency
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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5- Hate promotion
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Fatah official speaking in Abbas’ name: ‎Minister Abu Ein was “eliminated… by the ‎enemies of peace and humanity”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2014
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎members of the [PA] leadership received ‎condolences last night [Dec. 11, 2014] for ‎the death as a Martyr of Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council member and Head ‎of the Committee to Resist Settlements ‎and the Wall Minister Ziyad Abu Ein at the ‎Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah… ‎Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki said: ‘In the name of the President, ‎the PLO Executive Committee and the ‎Fatah Central Committee; in the name of ‎the government and Abu Ein’s family: We ‎are deeply grieved by the death of the ‎Fatah leader and knight of Palestine, who ‎was eliminated at a most sensitive ‎moment by murderous criminals, the ‎enemies of peace and humanity, and the ‎enemies of Palestine.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Ziad Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
Abbas: Ziad Abu Ein’s death was a “savage attack… that cannot be passed over ‎in silence or accepted”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 10, 2014
     ‎"Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Head of the Committee to Resist ‎Settlements and the Wall Ziad Abu Ein died as a Martyr (Shahid) a short time ago, after ‎he was attacked and beaten by occupation soldiers and tear gas canisters were fired at ‎him during a demonstration in the village of Turmus Ayya north of Ramallah.‎
Eye witnesses said that Abu Ein was attacked by the occupation soldiers while he and ‎other Palestinian activists were planting olive trees in Turmus Ayya, and that one of the ‎soldiers struck him in the chest with a helmet. In addition, he inhaled tear gas, which ‎made him lose consciousness. He was evacuated to the government hospital in ‎Ramallah, where medical sources confirmed his death as a Martyr.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas described the savage attack that led to his death as a ‎Martyr... as a barbaric act that cannot be passed over in silence or accepted. His ‎Excellency [Abbas] emphasized: “We will take all necessary measures after learning ‎the results of the investigation of fighter Abu Ein’s Martyrdom-death. His Excellency ‎condemned the continuation of the attacks on the Palestinian people by the Israeli ‎government. The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, has declared ‎three days of mourning."‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground
Abbas’ advisor: Ziad Abu Ein’s death was “cold-blooded murder” that will “not be ‎passed over in silence”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Sultan Abu Al-Einein, advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs, Dec. 10, 2014
Fatah Central Committee member and Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ‎Sultan Abu Al-Einein:‎
     ‎"Abu Al-Einein: ‘Israel has crossed a red line and wants to reach the point of no ‎return.’‎
Ramallah - Fatah Central Committee member [and advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas on NGOs] Sultan Abu Al-Einein said that Israel had crossed all red lines with its ‎abominable crime, which caused the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council member [and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements ‎and the Wall] Ziad Abu Ein. Al-Einein added that the Israeli occupation wants to bring ‎us to the point of no return, emphasizing that Fatah would not pass over this crime of ‎the Israeli occupation in silence.‎ Abu Al-Einein emphasized that the cold-blooded murder of Martyr Ziad Abu Ein would ‎not be passed over in silence, and that Minister Abu Ein’s death as a Martyr would be a ‎turning point for Fatah, which would not content itself with condolences for the death ‎of Martyr Abu Ein, but would set fire to the ground - which Ziad Abu Ein redeemed with ‎his blood - beneath the occupiers’ feet."‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎c
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas' advisor: No Muslim will ever accept "non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of... Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 21, 2014


Abbas’ advisor and Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivers Friday sermon in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas: 

     “The [Israeli] violations, arrogance, recklessness, stupidity and foolishness will lead to what we fear - outbreak of a religious war between them [Israelis] and all Muslims... If [war] breaks out, it will not be confined to Palestine’s borders, nor to those of the Middle East. It may spread to the entire world. Wherever there are Muslims, there will be confrontations. Al-Aqsa is a part of the religion, creed and faith of every Muslim, so he will never accept any violation or any attack against it, or any desecration of its sanctity, or any non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of its land and the land of Jerusalem.”
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Abbas’ condemnation of Jerusalem synagogue massacre includes condemnation of “the aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 18, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “[The] synagogue [attack] in Jerusalem, which led to the murder of several Israelis: Of course, we strongly condemn such incidents, and under no circumstances do we condone acts of terror against citizens. We say here that just as we condemn this aggression, we condemn the aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), against the holy places and the burning of mosques (i.e., an allusion to the firebombing of a mosque in a village north of Ramallah on Nov. 12, 2014) and churches, because none of these serves the common interest in the name of which we are acting toward the establishment of two states – the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel. We call for complete respite from all these actions, in order to allow us to continue the diplomatic route and diplomatic activity, which will bring peace to the Middle East.”

Note: On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.
Abbas: Proposed law allowing Jews to pray on Temple Mount will lead “the region and the world into a destructive religious war” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a repeat of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The Israeli leadership is making a big mistake if it thinks history is reversible and that they can establish facts on the ground and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] according to place and time, as they did in the past at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron – a step they will yet retract. With their actions, they are leading the region and the world into a destructive religious war. Neither the Muslim nor the Christian world will ever accept the Israeli claims that Jerusalem belongs to them. No one, [neither] Muslims nor Christians, will accept that Jerusalem be [anything] but the capital of the State of Palestine, and we will accept no other claims, whatever they may be. Jerusalem is our capital, and we will not give it up. Jerusalem, which was conquered in 1967, is our Jerusalem and our capital, and we will protect it and defend its holy places. We are all Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) along with the children of Jerusalem.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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Abbas’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 ‎was a letter from British Foreign Secretary ‎Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that ‎‎“His Majesty's government view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments ‎to establish the State of Israel.‎
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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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. ‎
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8- On the peace process
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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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