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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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Analyst on PA TV: Abbas visit to Peres' funeral will bring us positive international attention, just like our humanitarian treatment of Gilad Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Inside, about the treatment of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid is asked about the criticism against PA Chairman Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid: “However, those criticizing [PA President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres] do not know that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] made a humane visit that has no political standing, but rather as I noted [was made] to block the path of the ]Israeli] extremist government…
Let me give you an example. We, with our cultural and religious heritage, when [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit was taken captive, did we torture him? Did we starve him? Did we treat him harshly? No one has criticized this treatment [of Shalit]. Therefore, this treatment is part of the treatment of prisoners, even though he is a soldier, and possibly also a murderer... Despite this, the humanitarian side to his captivity [is that] he was treated as a prisoner of war. Therefore, in light of the expected results we guarded his life. For this reason we tried as much as possible to gain benefit and [positive] results from this treatment. Therefore, the visit of President Abbas and his participation in the funeral has very great positive ramifications.”

Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. During that time, he was denied visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross and was not allowed communication with his family, in violation of his rights under the Geneva Convention. Click "full article" for more information.
Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2016
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing attacks in which dozens of Israelis have been murdered and wounded.
Official PA TV live broadcast from the Armenian Theophany (anniversary of Jesus Christ's baptism) celebrations in Bethlehem, where PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood, the blood of any human being. Their sex, race, or religion make no difference to us. A human being is a human being… We are all human beings, and therefore we make every effort to prevent the spilling of a drop of anyone's blood. Therefore we say to our brothers and people: We are in a state of despair, and we know that the doors are shut before us, and that the Israeli leadership is trying to shut all doors, but our resistance will remain peaceful, and we will never ask to do anything different. On the contrary, every day we have 3 or 4 Martyrs (Shahids), without any reason or justification.”

Morad Adais – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in front of her children in her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, on Jan. 17. 2016. Adais was apprehended and arrested after two days by Israeli security forces.
Fatah spokesman: Abbas is leading the “popular uprising” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 7, 2016
Headline: “Fatah: The president [Abbas] strives to stop the suffering of our people in Gaza”
      “Fatah Spokesman Fayez Abu Aita… emphasized in a press statement published by the [Fatah] Information and Culture Commission today [Jan. 7, 2016], Thursday … that it is necessary to take into account the difficult and sensitive situation our people is experiencing, as it fights the battle for independence and an [independent] state, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, through the blessed popular uprising and the unlimited political confrontation with the occupation in the UN corridors and the International Criminal Court.’”
Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Abbas advisor says PA supports “peaceful acts of resistance” but justifies Palestinian violence as “defense” and a “result of the actions of the occupation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2015
Headline: “Hammad: ‘The latest operations are a response to the settlers’ actions”
     “Dr. Nimer Hammad, political advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Israeli escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank are meant to drag the Palestinians into a cycle of violence.  Hammad said in a statement published by the Donia Al-Watan news agency that the Palestinian defense ‘is not interested in igniting the third intifada,’ and noted that Israel is interested in violence at this stage, because it thinks that it serves its interests to show the Palestinian leadership as encouraging violence…
Hammad emphasized that ‘the leadership will support all peaceful acts of resistance,’ and emphasized that this was always the position of the leadership, especially during the latest meetings. The president’s advisor said that peaceful resistance is the best way to confront the occupation, and brought as an example an event that occurred yesterday [Oct. 4, 2015], Sunday, in Jenin, when thousands of [Palestinian] citizens stood against the occupation forces which tried to arrest one of the citizens.
In regard to the events carried out by individuals that occurred recently in Jerusalem and the West Bank (i.e., stabbing and shooting attacks against Israelis), Hammad said: ‘These responses occurred as a result of the actions of the occupation and settlers, who are brought in buses under protection of the occupation forces.’”
Abbas to Israelis: "We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Channel 2
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “I told people frankly: We want to protect our holy places. To protect them peacefully, and therefore, people are going there to protect Jerusalem peacefully. Where is the tension that emerged from my mouth (This is an allusion to Israel’s claim that the present deterioration is the result of incitement by the Palestinian leadership, -Ed.)? I say: We must protect them… We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one... It is the Israeli media and many Israeli leaders that are demanding and encouraging a third Intifada. We are not for a third Intifada. We are for peaceful popular resistance to protect our rights, neither more nor less... We extend our hands to you in peace. We say to the [various] layers of the Israeli people: Let us engage in dialogue, so that we may live in peace and stability… I entreat the Israeli people, which has demanded of its government not to miss the opportunity for peace – for evil is all around us, and you know the terrorism and violence that surround us… When the situation here changes; when peace comes, all manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East will cease and peace between us will return.”

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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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Abbas "gave the sign to let the West Bank street loose" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014
Op-ed by Muhannad Ubeid
Headline: "
A single Quranic verse ignited the West Bank"
     "[Mahmoud] Abbas realized that by staying outside the arena, he would be excluded from the political game. He also knows that the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank is ready for an explosion. Therefore, he gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose. Isn't the Quranic verse he quoted during his last 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" [Sura 22:39, trans. Sahih International] a clear sign to loosen the reins on the street?
Furthermore, what is the meaning of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi's statement regarding the West Bank's need to enter into an armed Intifada? It's been a long time since we heard a member of the Fatah leadership talk about weapons. The West Bank's entrance into the line of confrontation will reshuffle the cards, and the action is still just beginning. Israel will not agree to a third Intifada, and this is precisely what Abbas wants. He wants Israel to knock on his door in order to find a solution."
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Abbas promotes violence quoting Quran: "‎Permission [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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Abbas defends PA search for teens, criticizes Israel for wreaking "havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the conference of the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "As for the Israeli government, it is causing a sharp escalation, and this is a new problem we are facing. The reason is the kidnapping of three boys near one of the settlements. Naturally, despite their [Israel's] presence in Area C, which is not under our security control, and despite the fact that they did not report the incident when it occurred, but over 12 hours later, we are [working] in coordination with them in order to find these boys, because they are, first and foremost, human beings, and we want to protect human lives. Even the Americans have told us that one of them is an American, and we answered that, whether American or Israeli, for us he is a human being and we must look for this human being and return him to his family. But the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] has found a suitable opportunity to use violence against us, to destroy everything and wreak havoc and destruction throughout the land, especially in the Hebron area... The truth is that 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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Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”
Abbas condemns kidnapping, but blames Israel for using it "as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening of the 56th Congress for Ramallah natives in the US.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “On the one hand, Israel doesn’t appear to be serious in its commitments to the international authorities and to the vision of a two-state solution along the 1967 borders, and in setting a date for ending the occupation.
In other words, a state that doesn’t want to determine its borders and doesn’t want to say when it will leave, and then talks about peace – I don’t know what the peace they are talking about means. On the other hand, [Israel] has evaded drawing the borders, apparently in its aspiration to continue the occupation and establish a single state with two regimes, and to keep the State of Palestine under the racist apartheid regime – to this we will not agree; we will not agree to this…
The important thing is that to this day, Israel refuses this [negotiations with the Palestinians] and insists that the National Reconciliation Government will not work [together] with it, and recently, the kidnapping of the children, the youths, or the three Israelis occurred, and Israel saw that as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction in the land.
Therefore, everything you see here, and in all the districts, is in order to find them. OK, let’s hope they find them alive – for we are humane human beings, we do not shoot [people] in cold blood and we won’t accept the kidnapping and murder, or [even just] the kidnapping, of an innocent person – we won’t accept [it]. I’ve been told that one of them is American; I said, ‘OK, and if he’s American or Israeli? For us, everyone is a human being, we are searching for human beings’ – unfortunately, they don’t understand this.”
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 uses 6 words to condemn kidnapping, 35 words to condemn Israel 
Source: WAFA news agency, June 16, 2014
     "The Palestinian President's [Abbas'] Office condemned the chain of events that took place last week, from the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths to the series of consecutive Israeli violations - both concerning the prisoners' [hunger] strike, and the break-ins into the Palestinian homes, the attacks of the settlers and the occupation army, which led to the death of a young Palestinian as a Martyr (Shahid), and the persecution of numerous innocent people.
In a statement published today, Monday June 16, 2014], the President's Office reiterated that all sides must refrain from violence, especially since the President's position is to continue the intensive action toward [securing] the release of the prisoners agreed on (i.e., an allusion to the fourth phase of prisoner releases, which Israel cancelled), and [the release of] all the prisoners in the [Israeli] jails when a final status agreement is signed.
In addition, the President [Abbas'] Office praised the efforts of the Palestinian Security Forces in keeping order, calm and stability, in order to prevent the Palestinians from being drawn into anarchy and instability, and to prevent any element from taking advantage of the situation for non-national purposes."
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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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Because of Israel’s military superiority, PA Chairman Abbas says ”no” to armed confrontation 
Source: Sky News Arabia, Dec. 12, 2013
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Then came the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005), which was an armed Intifada. It destroyed us, completely destroyed us. I wish you could see Ramallah now, and [that you] could have seen it during the Intifada.
I have said that I won’t agree to an armed Intifada but the people have the right to hold public peaceful demonstrations anywhere and using any means, however, not military means.
Honestly, we don’t have the Israelis’ military capabilities. Proof of this is that they destroyed everything here in the Intifada, including the Presidential Headquarters - the Muqata’a in Ramallah and in Gaza. Therefore, I said ‘no.’”
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PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Abbas Rep.: "We struggle, negotiate, fight… we choose the forms of struggle according to existing conditions” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
Host of the event: “Now, we call on Azzam Al-Ahmad - Abu Nidaa - member of the Fatah Movement’s Central Committee, to deliver the President [Abbas]’ speech, we will now all salute His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen.”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Mothers and families of our brave prisoners, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I send you President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings in this celebration of the release of a new group of our heroes, our brave prisoners, who have been a new example of endurance, resolve and giving, and who taught how to sacrifice… We say to Marwan [Barghouti] and to Ahmad Sa’adat and to our thousands of prisoners: Be assured that we will celebrate [your release] shortly. There are no life sentences under any circumstances. Our revolution that has been described as the revolution of the impossible, yes, it is the longest revolution in history. We do not know despair, true, we are taking a circuitous route but we will achieve our goals. We struggle, negotiate, fight – the popular resistance is escalating and expanding, and we choose the forms of struggle according to the existing conditions.”

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Senior Fatah official: Abbas “baffled everyone” with diplomacy; now we can “administer poison to them [Israel] drop by drop” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity... How great what President Mahmoud Abbas has done, who through his insight knew how to defeat the enemies… Mahmoud Abbas came with his strong argument, with his intelligent policy, and with excellent, elegant diplomacy, and he baffled everyone in the Israeli camp, and he forced this equation (i.e., equating prisoners who had killed with prisoners who had not). For no one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]. They have become medals on the chest of this nation… The release of these heroic brothers was payment for nine months in which we won’t turn to international institutions… When Israel and America declared that ‘the old will die and the young will forget,’ and when they said that this is their ‘Promised Land,’ we told them that what is ‘promised’ is turbulent confrontation. We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Fatah official on behalf of Abbas: All forms of resistance are legitimate  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 3, 2013
     “Participants in the Eighth International Popular Resistance Conference in Bil’in, which began on Wednesday and will continue until Friday, emphasized the importance of official and popular support of popular resistance, which has given the Palestinian cause international momentum.
The conference, held in the village of Bil’in, was attended by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, former Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Fatah Central Committee Member – representing President Mahmoud Abbas – Mahmoud Al-Aloul, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, several members of the PLO Executive Committee and the Palestinian Parliament, leaders and representatives of Fatah’s national forces and Fatah’s Central Committee, European Union Representative in Palestine John Gatt-Rutter, [and] several European ambassadors and consuls…
In a speech delivered at the conference on behalf of the President, Al-Aloul asserted: ‘We believe in resistance in all its forms to be the right of occupied nations, as guaranteed by International Law.’ He called [on participants] not to be afraid to discuss the forms of popular resistance that were chosen by the people in this period… He added: ‘The experience of struggle in Bil’in, which suffered greatly and sacrificed many Martyrs (Shahids), has achieved a victory and forced Israel to retract its decision to gain control of the lands and residents of Bil’in.’ [...]
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘Convening this conference is a success in terms of increasing international awareness and unity [in favor of] popular resistance, and [garnering] support for the power and drive of non-violent popular resistance.’”
Abbas expresses opposition to “armed resistance” in meeting with journalists in Lebanon 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas met with approximately 100 of Lebanon’s leading journalists… The President was spontaneously bombarded with questions regarding weapons in the refugee camps, the armed resistance and his reasons for not meeting [Secretary-General of Hezbollah] Hassan Nasrallah… The President said that he is willing to meet all Lebanese leaders and that no meeting had been arranged with Hassan Nasrallah. He added that he declares he does not want an armed resistance, so that Israel will not use it [as an excuse] to demolish Palestinian cities.”
Abbas: Resistance, including violence, is “determined at each stage by the national interest” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2012
Abbas speaks on Nakba Day:
     "Unfortunately, what was agreed in Doha [reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas] was opposed by senior Hamas members in Gaza, who prevented its implementation with groundless excuses. They [Hamas] preferred narrow party interests to the supreme national interest, using the word 'resistance' as if there was disagreement about it among Palestinians. I want to remind [them] that resistance to the occupation is a broad all-inclusive concept, with various means and tools, which are determined at each stage by the supreme national interest. It was we [Fatah] who initiated armed resistance for many years, and thanks to it, we obtained recognition of our rights, and [recognition] that the PLO is the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people. That was after the PLO, for many years, was considered a terrorist organization by the US, Israel, and others. ”
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Abbas says he rejects armed struggle and wants peace in interview with German paper 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2012
Headline: "Welcomed Irish representative, the Central Elections Committee, and a delegation of released prisoners – President [Abbas] to German newspaper: If the present situation continues, they'll be building a settlement in my office in Ramallah. Israel must hurry and bring about peace, because no-one knows what the Arab Spring will bring."
Interview with President Mahmoud Abbas
Die Zeit: "The Israelis doubt [Palestinian intentions] because rockets are still being fired on Israel from Gaza."
Abbas: "If there's reconciliation with Hamas, that front [southern Israel] will be quiet."
Die Zeit: "Are you able to commit to that?"
Abbas: "I commit myself to that. I have already shown, during the period of my presidency, that I fulfill my promises. During the past five years there has not been a single incident in the West Bank related to Israeli security. The Israeli politicians deny this, but the Israeli generals, and those responsible for intelligence, will tell you: We take our hat off to Abbas. He does excellent work!"
Die Zeit: "It is said that Netanyahu's government has no interest in talks. Why, then, are you continuing with negotiations?"
Abbas: "We have no choice. We will never return to the armed struggle! Never! There will be only non-violent resistance to the occupation."
Die Zeit: "Is that your conclusion from the blood-drenched second Intifada (i.e., the Palestinian terror campaign), which brought with it many suicide terror attacks between the years 2000-2005?"
Abbas: "Such a thing [the Intifada] must never be repeated. We want peace; therefore we must take responsibility for Israel's security: Five years without a single unfortunate incident! Why does the other side not understand this?..."
Fatah official: “If the Israeli side refuses peace, then all the options are open to our people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2012
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Jamal Muhaisen delivered greetings from the President [Abbas], the central committee and the revolutionary council… emphasized that our people and its leadership seek peace. He said, 'If the Israeli side refuses peace, then all the options are open to our people…' … Muhaisen addressed Israel, saying: 'We are a people that will not raise a white flag, because we are a fighting people. You have an opportunity to be part of the region. If not, your fate will be like the fate of all the invasions of Palestine, all of which ended in defeat.'"
Official speaking in Abbas’ name: Fatah’s program of "struggle” will not change, “resistance in all its forms” is a “right” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2012
     "The Ramallah and El-Bireh branch of Fatah held an official and popular central rally to mark the occasion… attended by member of the Fatah Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul, representing President Mahmoud Abbas… In a speech he delivered on behalf of the President, Al-Aloul said: 'On this day, when some pioneers from among our people stepped forward, believing in their Lord and the ability of their people to sacrifice, and refusing submission and oppression – there was an outbreak [of the Fatah revolution], there was the first bullet, there was Fatah…'
Al-Aloul stated that since its inception, the [Fatah] movement has adopted a clear program pertaining to the struggle and to social issues, which it will not change, based on the armed struggle and the people's long-term war. It continued with this and adhered to this, because it [the Fatah movement] believes that resistance in all its forms is the legitimate right of occupied peoples… He emphasized that the leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has made every effort, offered every opportunity to seek peace, and cooperated with every initiative… Al-Aloul said that 2012 is the critical year of the popular resistance. He called upon Fatah members to participate in it in order to deal with the Israeli aggression. He emphasized, 'We can no longer restrain the villagers, the residents and the youth in their resistance. The popular resistance will erupt alongside the political activity, whose aim is to earn the world's [support], to lay a siege against the Israeli policy, and to isolate the occupation."
Abbas: The PA can ignore US demands even though US gives PA $460 million annually 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2011
     “The President [Abbas] emphasized that in September the Palestinian leadership will pass a resolution which no-one will have dreamed of, if the available options concerning the peace process fail…
[Abbas] continued: ‘The US is assisting us in the amount of $460 million annually. This does not mean that they dictate to us whatever they want, because we do what we view as beneficial to our cause. I recall that they said, ‘Don’t go to the Arab Summit in Damascus’, but we went. They demanded that we should not sign the Egyptian reconciliation document [between Fatah and Hamas], but we sent Azzam Al-Ahmed to sign it.’
President Abbas made it clear that the Arab Peace Initiative is the ideal solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict… He noted that the Palestinian Authority published the Peace Initiative in the Israeli media and on the ‘streets’, in order to bring it to the attention of the Israelis...
The President continued: ‘When we reach an agreement concerning the establishment of a Palestinian state, we are ready to agree to [the presence of] an international security force, on condition that there is not a single Israeli, civilian or soldier, in our state.”
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Abbas opposes violence as Palestinians lack capabilities, but supports war if Arabs join 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2011
"He [President 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.'" Click to view bulletin
Abbas hints that violence is an option 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2010
Abbas at press conference following meeting with Egyptian President Mubarak:
     “[President Mahmoud Abbas] stated that the Palestinian leadership has seven options, the first being the option of direct negotiations. President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We shall give negotiations the opportunity that they deserve, and if they fail, the other options will follow one after the other.’ He emphasized that there can be no talk of renewing direct negotiations with Israel without a complete halt to settlement in Jerusalem and all Palestinian areas.”
Abbas hints that violence is an option if negotiations with Israel fail 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2010
     “During a joint press conference with the Egyptian Foreign Minister... the President [Abbas] said: ‘We spoke about the Palestinians’ options, and we said that these options will proceed one after the other, but the first of them is the renewal of direct negotiations, if Israel will cease all its settlement activities.’ He added: ‘Afterwards, there are other options, the first of which is to appeal to the US and to speak with it. We will ask it to adopt a position on all the issues, and especially on the Palestinian state and recognition of the 1967 borders as the borders of this state.’ He continued: ‘Afterwards there are options that we will take to the Security Council, up until the final options that we spoke about, but right now we are focusing on the first option. At the same time, this does not prevent us from preparing ourselves for all the options that will follow. We have seven options, not one, but we will not pass up the first option until all efforts in its regard have been exhausted. Then we’ll go on to the second option, which is to speak to the US, and if that does not succeed we will move on to the third option, and so on.’”

Note: Palestinians frequently mention armed resistance as one of the "options."
Abbas: "We are not able" to wage another Intifada 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 28, 2010
Excerpt from interview with Mahmoud Abbas, initially published in Al-Hayat (London), September 26, 2010, and reprinted in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 27, 2010:
     Interviewer
: [Concerning the definition of Israel as a Jewish state] “In fact, this means that the State of Israel would be for Jews only, and the significance of that is-“
Abbas: “That has great significance. When they say ‘a Jewish state’, they want to rid themselves of all the Arabs who are among them… We shall not agree to a solution to the problem at the expense of the Arabs. Their presence in Israel preceded the establishment of the Israeli state, hundreds of years before the Jewish presence in Israel. It is their [the Arabs’] right to remain, and it is their right to be citizens with equal rights and obligations in that state.”
Interviewer: “Do you suspect that Israel is considering forced expulsion, collective expulsion?”
Abbas: “It has been proposed, by Liberman.”
Interviewer: “You are referring to the exchange of inhabitants for territory?”
Abbas: Yes. The question of exchanging inhabitants and territories – that is also something they [Israel] should forget about.”
Interviewer: “They should forget about it?”
Abbas: “Yes, they should forget about it. We absolutely won’t accept it.”
Interviewer: “… You don’t want a military Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005), and when you say, ‘We won’t accept it’, what tools do you possess, Mr. President…?”
Abbas: “I possess the right/justice. I hold the right/justice, and proof of that is that the whole world is on my side, without exception. They are in favor of my right, and in favor of demanding my right. I h
Abbas: "If the Arabs would want to fight, we’d be the first to fight" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
Interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Tripoli, Libya:
     “We tried the Intifada (PA terror campaign) in 2000, and it destroyed everything that we had built. If the Arabs would want to fight, we’d be the first to fight. I told them at the [Arab] Summit in Sirt [Libya]: ‘If you want war, take the lead.’ It’s not possible for us [Palestinians] to go ahead alone; they must be first, with us behind them. We shall not permit them to fight using us. One of them [Arab leaders] spoke about resistance. I said to him, ‘The Palestinian people is not interested in resistance. We, as the [National] Authority, are not interested in resistance, Hamas has abandoned resistance, they are preventing [launch of] rockets and they speak of a tahadiyeh [ceasefire]. Therefore, if he [the Arab leader] is interested in resistance, let him carry it out himself. Nothing is easier than raising a banner [that says], ‘Forward, men!’ And half an hour later we’ll get a slap in the face and find ourselves on the floor. It’s not possible for a responsible person to behave this way.”
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Abbas: "If all of you [Arab States] will fight Israel, we are in favor" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a meeting with writers and journalists in the home of the Palestinian Ambassador to Jordan:
     "'We don't accept the statement [of Hamas]: a [Palestinian] state of resistance and refusal. What we hear from everyone is that the basis is negotiations, at a time that the entire world agrees about this, despite the absence of other options, we either have negotiations or no negotiations, what has put Israel in the corner.
We are unable to confront Israel militarily, and this point was discussed at the Arab League Summit in March in Sirt (Libya). There I turned to the Arab States and I said: 'If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don't have the ability to do it.' He [Abbas] said: 'The West Bank was completely destroyed and we will not agree that it will be destroyed again,' in addition to 'the inability to confront Israel militarily.'"
Abbas supports diplomacy now because it is the only option 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a meeting with writers and journalists in the home of the Palestinian Ambassador to Jordan:
     "'We don't accept the statement [of Hamas]: a [Palestinian] state of resistance and refusal. What we hear from everyone is that the basis is negotiations, at a time that the entire world agrees about this, despite the absence of other options, we either have negotiations or no negotiations, what has put Israel in the corner.
We are unable to confront Israel militarily, and this point was discussed at the Arab League Summit in March in Sirt (Libya). There I turned to the Arab States and I said: 'If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don't have the ability to do it.' He (Abbas) said: 'The West Bank was completely destroyed and we will not agree that it will be destroyed again,' in addition to 'the inability to confront Israel militarily.'"
Abbas opposes "armed resistance" but supports all-out Arab war against Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 7, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     “At the [Arab] summit [in March 2010] there was talk of armed resistance, and we opposed this call. We opposed it for a simple reason: all sectors of the Palestinian people are opposed to armed resistance. We and Hamas. Therefore, if we do not want armed resistance, why do the Arabs want to force it upon us? We also said that if the Arabs want war, we are with them. If they don’t want war, and at the same time do not want peace, a situation of neither peace nor war is impossible. We said that the Arab [Peace] Initiative is still relevant. Unfortunately, some say that Israel does not want it – and of course that is correct – but the Arabs have done nothing to promote it, neither on the international level nor on the local level. I personally have asked Arab journalists to publish this initiative, but they refused.”

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Abbas: We continue Arafat's path resting on a glorious heritage of struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, speaking at official PA ceremony commemorating 5th anniversary of Arafat's death:
     "Yasser Arafat was the leader of this battle, and the leader of the path, and the commander, and the father of the contemporary Palestinian national movement. We recall his role and emphasize his position in the movement, while we continue his long path of struggle, and complete the difficult path, drenched with sweat and blood and tears. Our path today rests upon a glorious heritage of struggle, which we formed with courageous hands and with national sense and thought, to which was added action. We combined the armed struggle with political action.
Our rifle was not the rifle of highway robbers. It was a rifle that was politically committed, striving for a noble objective. We have influenced and have been influenced by the world, with ideas about ways of liberation and political changes, and we have built excellent relations with the forces of liberation and self-liberation in the world…"

Note: Abbas’s speech was also published in the other PA daily, Al-Ayyam, Nov. 12, 2009.
Abbas to use all means to free terrorists 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 6, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, interview:
TV Host:
"The occupation [Israel] released 20 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a video confirming that [Israeli hostage] Gilad Shalit is alive. What do you think about this?"
Mahmoud Abbas: "I see it from only one perspective – 20 female Palestinian prisoners have left prison. The price may be high or low, that is not the issue. The issue is that some prisoners have left prison, which gives hope to many others. We have 11,000 prisoners. We will definitely, always and forever, act to free them using all means." 
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Fatah: Armed struggle is our right 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 17, 2009
Sultan Abu Al-Einein, member of the Fatah Central Committee and Secretary of Fatah’s Lebanon branch:
     "Mahmoud Abbas said in front of the entire [Sixth General Fatah] conference : 'Any people whose land is occupied has the right to carry out resistance in all its forms, to carry out a national struggle in all its forms, including the armed struggle.' I want to say: Any people that willingly relinquishes its right to carry out resistance in all its forms – all its forms! Including the armed struggle! – is not worthy of existence. Any people whose land is occupied! It's a right bestowed upon us by . . . international law. It's a right that is given to us, and we will not abandon it.
We want peace, but not a peace of obedience, not a peace of submission, and not a peace that is based on the Palestinian people receiving a state that is a small settlement or an economic colony. We will not accept that . . . . The international community must be aware that the option of negotiations is our option and our decision, but it won't be the sole option forever."
Abbas: "We are against armed conflict because we are unable" 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:
    "Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future stages, things may be different. I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our camps [i.e. PLO camps in the 60s]."
Abbas: Terror in future is still an option 
Source: A-Sharq Al Awsat, Mar. 3, 2003
Mahmoud Abbas, then Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee: 
     “The armed struggle necessitates certain conditions and opportunities that do not exist for us in Palestine. We cannot equate what is happening in Palestine with what is going on Lebanon or Algeria. Therefore military activities under these circumstances and means are ineffective. For this reason, we stated that we have no choice but to stop it [i.e. military activities] for a year, which is not a submission from our point of view. As long as the circumstances are not equivalent.”
Abbas: Palestinians have right to violence, but no right to suicide bombings or “to fight the [Israeli] army in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem” 
Source: A-Sharq Al Awsat, Mar. 3, 2003
Mahmoud Abbas: “We did not say the armed struggle should be stopped. We are saying we must stop the militarization of the Intifada. The armed struggle requires certain conditions and capabilities that we do not have in Palestine. We cannot equate what is happening in Palestine with what is going on in Lebanon or Algeria. Therefore military activity under these circumstances is futile. For this reason, we stated that it must be stopped for a year, which is not a concession on our part. As long as the conditions are not equal, what can be done? After two and a half years of struggle, the result was that we regressed, to a point further back than where we started.”
Interviewer: “But what if the Israeli soldiers desecrate the sanctity of the Palestinian home (i.e., enter the Palestinian territories)?”
Abbas: “Resistance is our right. The Intifada must continue, and it is the right of the Palestinian people to resist and use everything in its power to protect its existence. I will add that if the Israelis come to build a settlement on your land, it is your right to protect [it] using everything at your disposal.”
Interviewer: “Including the use of arms?”
Abbas: “Using all options and using arms, as long as they come to you in your home. This is the right of the resistance. The prohibition applies only to Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., suicide attacks), and to going out to fight it [the Israeli army] in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. There is no justification for going out to fight the army.”

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