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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
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas: I willl never stop salaries to prisoners and Martyrs' families 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Aug. 25, 2017
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “When a resolute position meets political experience
Israeli Channel 1 said that His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] informed the American delegation, which he met with tonight [Aug. 25, 2017] in Ramallah, that he will not stop paying the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners until the last day of his life, and thus he rejected the American-Israeli demand on this matter.
On the other hand, the Arab papers mentioned the meeting in Ramallah and said that the president informed American President [Donald Trump’s] envoys that he is ready to cooperate with President Trump in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution on the June 4, 1967 borders.”
Director of Prisoners' Affairs: Abbas decided to renew prisoners` salaries that had been previously cut 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The [PA] president has decided to return the salaries of the released prisoners in the West Bank”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Issa Karake this evening, Monday [Aug. 14, 2017], emphasized that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to return the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and released [prisoners] in the West Bank and of the prisoners in the Israeli prisons.
The released [prisoners] whose salaries were stopped and who waged a sit-in strike in the center of Ramallah in the West Bank announced an agreement today that guarantees the return of their salaries by the PA, after they were stopped for three consecutive months. The released [prisoners] said at a press conference held opposite the protest camp in the center of the city that ‘It was agreed to return the salaries of all of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank without exception, and to return the salaries of the prisoners in the prisons as a goodwill initiative.’
They emphasized that the PA gave them positive promises regarding dealing with the salaries of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank and others later on… It should be noted that the [PA] unity government stopped paying the salaries of 277 released prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza three months ago.”
Abbas and PLO condemn US senators over Taylor Force Act vote, calls US demand to cease prisoners salaries "an unacceptable act"  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Aug. 13, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “A statement from the PLO Executive Committee – Ramallah, Aug. 12, 2017
The PLO Executive Committee, led by [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, met at the [PA’s] presidential headquarters and discussed the political developments…
The [PLO] Executive Committee condemned the legislators of the American Congress and their positions towards the Palestinian people… and sees the American Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ approval of stopping American aid to the PA – if it does not stop the aid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners – as an unacceptable act that will negatively affect everything that is connected to the Palestinians’ rights... [The Executive Committee] emphasized the rejection of this [American] extortion and the rejection of using the tool of financial aid to extract political concessions... The [PLO] Executive Committee sent a blessing of appreciation and pride to the freedom prisoners of war for their legendary stance, and emphasized that their release is at the top of its agenda.”
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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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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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Abbas: We will cancel the security coordination with Israel, but I personally am in favor of it 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "Your Honor the President… we will ask you about the circumstances of the issue of Martyr (Shahid) Basel Al-A'araj (i.e., head of terror cell killed while shooting at Israeli soldiers who came to arrest him, see note) and his five comrades that is preoccupying the Palestinian street... Do we understand from Your Honor that the security coordination between you and Israel was not the reason for Basel Al-A'araj's death as a Martyr?"
[Abbas:] "The Palestinian security coordination with Israel is a different matter, and what happened with Basel is not connected to the security coordination. We have decided to cancel the security coordination. It remains for us to choose the appropriate time for this, and that is the PLO's responsibility, in coordination with me. There are members of the Palestinian people who support the security coordination, and there are those that oppose it, and everyone has their own opinion. However, we must criticize it with respect for the opinion of the other, and there are those who criticize me on Facebook and other [places] because I am in favor of the security cooperation."

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Fatah official: Shimon Peres was a "murderer and a criminal," Abbas attended his funeral because of international pressure 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, on the criticism against PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sept. 30, 2016
Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Indeed in the last few days there has been a dispute and commotion, and that has a connection to the opposition that is being talked about, opposition to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas in general], or opposition to his going to the funeral of… [former Israeli President] Shimon Peres, the murderer and the criminal. That is what I say about him: the murderer and the criminal. If I say that he is a murderer and a criminal, that is a different matter [than Abbas’ attendance at the funeral]. I can completely understand the step taken by the president when he went to the funeral. He is the president of the Palestinian people and the responsibility placed on him is different from the responsibility placed on me. I did not go [to the funeral], and I say that he (i.e., Peres) was a criminal. The president [Abbas] is a different matter; the president has different obligations regarding this. The entire world called him. French President [Francois Hollande], who intends to hold the international conference on which we are pinning many hopes, called him. The president has obligations that other people, who are heads of [Palestinian] factions, are free of. However, they have the right to criticize and oppose.”

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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas kisses 14-year-old stabber 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Mar. 5, 2017
Picture and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

The picture shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas embracing 14-year-old Osama Zaidat who attempted to stab Israeli citizens at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba.


Posted text:
"[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: The Israeli actions against our people will not cause us to renounce our just rights
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli actions against our people, including attacks, arrests, and killing, will not cause us to renounce our just rights and the establishment of our independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas said this today, Sunday evening [March 5, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah while receiving the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing) who died in the occupation's prisons, and the released prisoner, the injured child Osama Zaidat (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing)."

{Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, March 5, 2017]

Osama Zaidat – 14-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israelis at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba on Sept. 23, 2016. He was shot in the leg by soldiers during the attempt.

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
Red Cross cuts funding for second monthly visit for families of prisoners; PA will cover cost instead 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "Fares: The president signed on covering the expenses of the second monthly visit of prisoners' relatives"
     "Chairman of the [PA-funded] Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares revealed that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a resolution to cover the costs of the second monthly visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the Israeli prisons.
Fares said today, Tuesday [Aug. 9, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'After the Red Cross reduced the visits and limited them to once a month, the president signed a resolution to cover the expenses of the second visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the occupation state's prisons.' Likewise, he spoke about a conditional agreement which the Palestinian government and the Red Cross will sign, according to which the government will cover all of the expenses of the second visit, on condition that the Red Cross will continue to obtain permits from the Israeli side."
PLO official reaffirms Palestinian commitment to "struggle in all its forms;" currently, Abbas has declared "peaceful popular resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine, hosting Secretary-General of the Palestinian Arab Front and PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehadeh
Jamil Shehadeh: “The message needs to be clear to the occupation: The Palestinian people is determined to continue the struggle in all its forms until the establishment of a state. This is the decision of the Palestinian people. At the moment, our young people have chosen popular uprising, peaceful popular resistance, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has declared, and everyone is listening to him. (“peaceful popular resistance” refers to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, see below –Ed.) This does not mean that other options have been removed from the Palestinian people’s range of possibilities.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Several months of Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails, and car rammings. The wave was at its height from October 2015 through March 2016, but one man was killed in September 2015 and sporadic attacks continued after March 2016, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.

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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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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 sends envoy to speak at ceremony marking 4th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president's envoy participated in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Chavez"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participated as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ envoy in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Venezuelan leader [former President] Hugo Chavez at his tomb at the Cuartel de la Montaña fort in the capital of Caracas…
Ismail, in the speech of the State of Palestine, the guest of honor, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the Palestinian people and its leadership for Venezuela's historical support of the Palestinian cause and for its courageous and noble positions to raise the voice of the just Palestinian cause in all of the international circles. This is the basic and ethical policy in which the late Chavez believed, and which was expressed by the support for the causes and struggle of oppressed peoples throughout the world, and primarily the Palestinian cause. He added that the people of Venezuela bears the flag and idea of Chavez and continues in his path, and that the global imperialism did not prevent Venezuela from defending the Palestinian cause and the causes of the oppressed peoples for their dignity and self-determination."


The article includes a picture showing PA President Mahmoud Abbas' envoy PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participating in the ceremony to mark the fourth anniversary of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death at his tomb.

Caption under picture:
"The [PA] president's envoy during his participation in marking the anniversary of Chavez[‘s death]"
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.”
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas: “The reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from” is “the occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 12, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the celebration of the formulation of the Public Service Ethics Code


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
“The international community is becoming more and more convinced that the occupation of the Palestinian state by Israel is the reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from, and that without a just solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the two-state solution - which is included in the Arab Peace Initiative - and the relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council, neither peace, nor security, nor stability will be achieved, and the region will remain exposed to very difficult possibilities, especially in light of the growth of the phenomenon of terror and extremism, which we condemn and are fighting against with all of our strength.”
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Abbas appoints Antisemitic PA TV host as dean of Gaza Al-Azhar schools: “Al-Azhar institutes... [are] conveying the correct message of Islam” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 6, 2017
 Headline: "The [PA] president receives the dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine"
       "[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas received Dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine Sheikh Imad Hamato this evening, (Monday) [March 6, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah...
The president emphasized his full support of the Al-Azhar institutes and praised their large role in conveying the correct message of Islam. His Honor [Abbas] blessed the dean of the Al-Azhar institutes on his entry into the [new] role, and wished him success in the future.
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and the president's advisor on religious and Islamic affairs and Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine Mahmoud Al-Habbash were present at the meeting."
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Abbas-appointee was former aide to terrorist who murdered 125 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 20, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Supreme Leadership [Council in Gaza] member Yahya Rabah emphasized… in a special interview with [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the PA has gotten over the subject of [exiled Fatah leader Muhammad] Dahlan and considers it a thing of the past…
Regarding the appointment of Mahmoud Al-Aloul as Fatah Movement Deputy President (sic., Deputy Chairman), Rabah noted that this is a good choice, and [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas is interested in a man who will help him and not hinder him, and Al-Aloul has a great history within the movement, and he has respected standpoints as he was one of the aides of deceased Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing), and added that he commands great respect from the Palestinian people and Fatah people and members.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas praises unrest at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls to continue the "national struggle" until Jerusalem is Palestinian  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2017
At a ceremony held at the PA’s headquarters in Ramallah for the conclusion of the summer camps of 2017, organized by the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that the Palestinians will continue their “struggle” until Jerusalem, Israel's capital, is on Palestinian hands:

Abbas: “The children of Palestine are the hope, the future, the independence, and the state, and in them we see Jerusalem, the capital of our independent state… [Palestinians are] continuing in our national struggle until one of our boys and girls will wave the flag of the State of Palestine above the walls of Jerusalem.’”

Abbas also praised Palestinians for their violent “uprising” against Israel’s security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the summer (2017) following a terror attack on the Temple Mount in which two Israeli border policemen were murdered. “We are with you and we support your resolve, and this is the reason that we say that the willpower of the peoples works wonders, and this is what happened at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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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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Abbas: Jerusalem must be “purely Arab”, “no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem”; Israel planning to “establish alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of the full speech of Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, given on behalf of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Second National Forum for Scientists in Palestine

“You know that the Palestinian leadership yesterday [July 22, 2017] held a meeting… in order to discuss the current situation and formulate appropriate solutions to deal with the developments. As far as we’re concerned, Jerusalem is our political Qiblah (i.e., the direction for Muslim prayer, Mecca)… to which our compass will not cease to point, no matter what the sacrifices may be. There will be no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be purely Arab for its Muslims and Christians. We will not agree to Jewish rule or sovereignty over it... My brothers, [Israel] forcing sovereignty on Jerusalem is an old plan for these followers of the Talmud. I tell you that this is not about a division [between Jews and Muslims] according to [prayer] times or areas in Jerusalem (sic., on the Temple Mount), but rather it is a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple, which they are talking about now in the most open manner and with the utmost recklessness and insolence.”
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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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Mahmoud Abbas: Israel's right to exist is a "lie"  
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, May 15, 2017
 

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
"Ninety-nine years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). The unfair [promise]. However, we will not turn the lie (i.e., Israel being the ancient Jewish homeland) into an accepted truth. Our people’s right to its homeland is permanent and authentic. It does not expire, not even if historical facts are falsified. Palestine will remain despite the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” establishment of the State of Israel in 1948), the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," Israel's victory in the Six Day War in 1967), and the suffering which has continued for decades. We will never raise the white flag. [Our flag] will continue to be composed of the four colors."

The rest of Abbas' speech (not broadcast on PA radio) criticizing Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration: “You gave what is not yours to one who has no right”

Abbas
: "We say to those who gave this promise: ‘‘You [Britain] gave what is not yours to one [the Jewish people] who has no right to it.’’ Many have wondered: Why are we talking about it now? We said that the right does not expire, that the right does not age. Even after 100, 200, 1,000 [years], the right will remain alive. It will remain our obligation to defend our right. Balfour, who gave you the right to sell our land? And to tell people [the Jews]: ‘‘This is a homeland for you [the Jews].’’? ... Give them [a state] in Britain, man, in Scotland, or at least in Ireland. Why in Palestine? He gave [Jews land] in Palestine and that became their right. No! Britain must first acknowledge that it made a mistake regarding our right.
Abbas plans to "put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Apr. 26, 2017
Headline: “Britain refuses to apologize for the Balfour Promise, and the [PA] president will put it on trial”
     “Britain has refused to submit an apology for the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that was issued in 1917 and paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel.
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Britain officially apologize to the Palestinian people for this promise in a speech that he gave before the UN General Assembly in September [2016], but Britain is intending to hold celebrations together with senior Israeli officials for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise on Nov. 2 [2017].
Palestinian Ambassador to Britain Manuel Hassassian told [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine that… ‘Steps will be taken to put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise, and there are lawyers working on the matter in Britain. The position of the president is clear, and he will not retreat from it until Britain apologizes to the Palestinian people and recognizes the State of Palestine.’”

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 views 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 on the Balfour Declaration: Britain "must apologize for this historic mistake" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Abbas in an interview with Al-Quds Al-Arabi: … We will turn to the international forums if Britain insists on marking the anniversary of the Balfour Promise and will not apologize”
Excerpt of an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by the London newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi

[Q:] “As we near the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that promised the Jews a national home in Palestine (on Nov. 2, 1917), [and as] preparations [are being made] to mark this anniversary, which British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to participate in – are there Palestinian steps that are more than just calls on London to apologize for this historic mistake against the Palestinian truth? And what Palestinian moves will there be if Britain ignores the Palestinian calls?”

[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] “We began to demand that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people at [our] speeches of the last UN General Assembly session in September 2016, and also at the Arab Summit in Mauritania. We demanded and still demand that Britain not celebrate this event, which was catastrophic from the Palestinian people’s perspective. In addition, it must apologize for this historic mistake that it committed against us, and it must recognize the State of Palestine…”

[Q:] “And if Britain does not respond to the Palestinian demands on the matter? Are there other steps, for example turning to the International Criminal Court and other international organizations?”

[Mahmoud Abbas:] “I have said that we will turn to all of the local and international forums and talk to them..."

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8- On the peace process
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Abbas to Israelis: "Our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave" 
Source: Haaretz, May 27, 2017
Abbas sent a message to Israelis demonstrating on May 27, 2017 for "Two states - One hope" at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv:
    "There isn't a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn't a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation... The time has come to live, you and us, in peace, harmony, security and stability. The only way to end the conflict and the fight against terror in the region and the entire world is a solution of two states based on the 1967 borders, Palestine alongside Israel. We've accepted the decisions of the UN, recognized Israel and accepted the two-state solution, and the world has recognized the state of Palestine. Now the time has come for the State of Israel to recognize our state and end the occupation. The opportunity still exists, and it cannot be missed when our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave."
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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].”
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9- Speeches to the international community
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Abbas' spokesman on terror attack: Abbas condemns "any act of violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
Headline: "Abu Rudeina: … the [PA] president condemns violence, regardless of its source"
     "Regarding the Palestinian position regarding the operation (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered) that took place in Jerusalem (sic., Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem), Official Spokesman [for PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Abu Rudeina] emphasized that the permanent position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] is to condemn all acts of violence, including this operation, and to condemn any violent operation, regardless of its source."
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and 2 security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
Abbas tells international scholars that "terrorism must be fought everywhere," while condemning Israeli security measures following a deadly terror attack 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 23, 2017
     "President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the Palestinian leadership will not accept Israel's recently installed metal detectors at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. He said, '[Israel] does not have the right to install these metal detectors, because having sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque is our [Palestinian] right. We have therefore taken a decisive and firm stance, especially with regard to security coordination.'
This came as Abbas received the scholars participating in the Second National Forum of Scholars in Palestine, organized by the Supreme Council for Innovation and Excellence, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. 'Things will be very difficult. We are not risking the destiny of our people. We only take deliberately examined decisions that we hope to make a result,' Abbas added. 'We, the State of Palestine, are convinced that terrorism must be fought everywhere, and we have at least 83 protocols with various countries around the world to combat violence and terrorism,' he told the participants."
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Abbas expresses pride to UN delegation over Palestinian struggle, claims Israel attempts to “impose new facts on the ground”, endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his pride in the members of our people, and particularly in Jerusalem, and warned against the continuation of the Israeli steps"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas held conversations with [leaders in] several capitals and yesterday [July 20, 2017] sent a Palestinian delegation to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This was in order to brief the members of the UN Palestine Committee regarding the rights of the Palestinian people which cannot be renounced, to hold a special and immediate meeting, and to broaden [the scope of] its meetings so that they will include a discussion about the dangerous situation taking place in occupied Jerusalem, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to act to publish a position according to which all of the steps taken by the Israeli government regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be stopped, the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) must be removed, the historical and legal situation, freedom of worship, and the right of our people and all Muslims throughout the world to exercise their right to hold religious ceremonies freely must be respected, as is anchored in international law."
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