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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.”

Note: In similar statements Abbas has explained the opposition to violence with the fact that Palestinians lack the "capabilities" and that the international community "does not allow for it." Click to view item 
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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