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Mahmoud Abbas
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PLO official: Abbas “emphasized his absolute refusal” to Israeli demands to stop PA salaries to terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “Karake demanded urgent international intervention and confirmed that an additional group of prisoners has joined the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Saturday [April 29, 2017]… that ‘[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and emphasized his absolute support for them (i.e., for the payments).’”
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Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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Abbas spokesman: Annexing Ma’ale Adumim will "lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Article appearing on the front page of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The proposal to annex Ma’ale Adumim will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable”
     “Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘Any Israeli decision regarding annexing the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim will be considered a grave and unacceptable escalation in our eyes.’
Abu Rudeina added: ‘This step will end all connections to any peace process, especially in light of the talk about transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem, and this step will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable.’
He continued: ‘Once again we warn against any steps that contradict the decisions of the international bodies, and particularly the latest [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] that considered the settlement in all of the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.’ He noted that if Israel crosses this red line, all of the red lines will go down the drain.”

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Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."
Abbas: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem... will sabotage the peace process" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is provocative and will harm the peace process"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will sabotage all future progress and the peace process. He noted that it is not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.
The president, who led a [PA] government meeting today (Tuesday) [Jan. 17, 2017] conveyed a message to [US] President-elect Donald Trump by saying: ‘We hope that he will not transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Jerusalem is a united city in the eyes of Israel, and it is not right and not legal. Therefore, transferring the embassy will sabotage all future progress, and therefore will [also] sabotage the peace process. We hope that he will stop the transfer of the embassy and begin negotiations on the basis of the international decisions and [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334, and on the basis of the results of the Paris Peace Conference [held Jan. 15, 2017]. When it all ends, each side will know what its borders are. We know that our borders are based on the 1967 [borders], including East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. So they will do what they want, [but] before that, transferring the embassy will be not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.’"
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Abbas threatens to cancel recognition of Israel if US embassy is transferred to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president [Abbas] calls on participants in the Paris Conference to take tangible steps to implement the international decisions – transferring the American embassy will hinder the peace process, and canceling our recognition of Israel will be one of our options”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 14, 2017] inaugurated the Palestinian embassy at the Vatican. He met with Pope Francis, and again warned against the plan of US President-elect Donald Trump to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. During the inauguration of the embassy…
President Abbas emphasized that he ‘extends his hand to President-elect Trump for cooperation in order to reach peace on the basis of international law.’ He added that ‘any attempt to give legal validity to the illegal annexation of Jerusalem by Israel will eliminate the prospects of the political process, dispel the hopes of a solution based on two states, and encourage the extremism in our region and in the world.’ … President Abbas said that he wrote to Trump and warned him of the consequences of the transfer of the embassy, and noted that this ‘will not only negate any legitimacy of the US to fill a role in settling the conflict, but will also annihilate the two-state solution.’
He added that the Palestinians will discuss several options for a response, after consultations are held with Arab states, and said: ‘Cancelling our recognition of Israel will be one of them, but we hope that we will not reach that, and that instead we will be able to work with the next American administration.’”
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A similar item appeared on official PA TV News on Jan. 14, 2017.
Abbas warns Trump that embassy move will have "destructive consequences for the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president called on Trump not to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem and sent letters to world countries in order that they intervene to prevent this step”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to US President-elect Donald Trump in which he explained the dangers of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem. He called on the US president-elect not to carry out this step, due to its destructive consequences for the peace process, the option of two states, and the security and stability of the region in light of the fact that the decision of the occupation authority (Israel) [parentheses in source] to annex East Jerusalem is invalid, nullified, and contradicts international law.
The president also sent letters to the presidents of Russia, China, and France, to the German chancellor, to the British prime minister, to the European Union, to the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Secretary-General of the Arab League, in which he called on them to act and to invest every possible effort to prevent the step of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem.”
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Abbas congratulates Trump, expresses hope "that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas congratulated American President [Elect Donald] Trump and hopes that peace will be achieved during his tenure”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election, and expressed hope that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure.”
Abbas: I will never recognize Israel as a Jewish State 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 27, 2016
Official PA TV aired an interview of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas originally broadcast on Sudanese TV during his visit to Sudan in July 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It is possible to sit around the negotiation table after we ask them what the meaning of a Jewish state is. I will recognize the State of Israel, I recognize the State of Israel, and that is it. However a Jewish state is not my affair. I will not recognize it at all and I will not accept it. In the past, in 1993, in mutual recognition between the late [Yasser] Arafat and [the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin, the one recognized the PLO and the other recognized the State of Israel, finished! When Israel made the peace agreement with Egypt it did not request of [Egypt] to recognize it as a Jewish state. When it made the Arava Agreement with Jordan (i.e., the Jordan peace agreement) it did not ask this of [Jordan]. Why is it asking us to recognize it as a Jewish state? Go to the [UN] General Assembly and change your name. If you wanted to change it, change your name. However, [if] you ask me, I will not accept and it is impossible that I will accept [the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state]. Let [Israel] continue to talk about a Jewish state and we will soundly reject it.”
Abbas' office emphasizes its opposition to attacks on civilians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 9, 2016
Official PA TV News, about PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' office's announcement regarding rejecting violence against civilians
Official PA TV newsreader: "The [PA] president's office stated that it has emphasized time and again its opposition to all the operations (i.e., terror attacks) that harm civilians from all sides, regardless of the justification for such. The presidential office added in its statement that the achievement of a just peace and the creation of a positive atmosphere are what will contribute to the end and reduction of the reasons for tension and violence in the region. The presidential office concluded by saying that the achievement of peace obligates everyone to stop carrying out any act that increases the tension, anxiety, and use of violence.”

Muhammad Ahmad Musa Makhamreh and Khaled Muhammad Musa Makhamreh - 21-year-old Palestinian terrorists, cousins, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016, murdering 4 Israelis and injuring 16. The terrorists ordered dessert in the Max Brenner restaurant in the Sarona Market before they began shooting at people. Muhammad Makhamreh and Khaled Makhamreh were both apprehended by the Israeli police. One of them was shot and wounded before being caught and brought for treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Abbas to Israelis: “We want to make peace with the entire Israeli people… For more than ten years we have been acting to spread the culture of peace” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2016
Headline: “The president: We do not sentence people based on political affiliation or ethnicity, but rather on their standpoint in regard to the peace process”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received an American delegation and a delegation of mayors of Israeli towns yesterday [May 31, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah…
When he received the mayors of the Israeli towns, the president said: ‘We are acting to make peace with the Israeli people, who you represent. The meeting between us is taking place as part of this.’ He added: The attempt at coexistence in the villages in the Galilee conclusively shows that Palestinians and Israelis can live in two neighboring states in security and peace’… The president said: ‘We do not sentence someone based on his political affiliation or ethnicity, but rather according to their standpoint regarding the peace process. We know that since the period of [Israeli Prime Minister Menachem] Begin, it is the right [wing] that is able to make peace, but we want every Israeli – right or left, Ashkenazi or Sephardi, or anything else – to believe in peace with the Palestinian people. We welcome all groups of the Israeli people and its ethnicities, as we want to make peace with the entire Israeli people.’ He added: ‘As Eastern Jews, you have historical experience in living with Arabs, and therefore we wish you to serve as bridges to peace. We welcome everyone, as we want to live with you. We are human beings and we have a right to establish our independent state, but why are we criticized regarding this right?’ The President continued: ‘For more than ten years we have been acting to spread the culture of peace, and our doors are open before the entire Israeli people, as we want peace and to live in freedom like the rest of the peoples of the world.’”
Abbas on incitement: “We incite, and also you incite”; Calls for establishing incitement committee to gauge both Palestinian and Israeli incitement 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 28, 2016
     Official PA TV, direct broadcast of speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at Summit of Arab foreign ministers
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “There is an additional issue that the Israelis bring up, and that is the matter of incitement, in other words [they say] that the Palestinians incite day and night in the media, in school books, in statements, and in other manners. We say: ‘We incite, and you also incite.’ What is the solution? We found the solution in 1998, together with [Israeli Prime Minister] Mr. [Benjamin] Netanyahu personally and in an official agreement: A three sided committee will be established, Palestinian, Israeli, American, this committee will sit and discuss all the types of incitement from the two sides, and we are willing to accept the American decision. If they [the Americans] say we need to do something then we will accept that. However, in exchange for that, if [the Americans] say that Israel is inciting in one instance or another, Israel must accept that. But if Israel just piles on words, and says ‘the Palestinians are inciting against us and that is the end of the matter,’ [we will not agree to that], there are many unbelievably stupid, offensive words of incitement from the Israeli side, and they are [published] in different places, and if we want to talk about incitement we need to talk about incitement from both sides, and the arbitrator is the US, which is not our friend but their friend and patron, and ruler over them, and we will receive it as arbitrator. Therefore, if this issue comes up, we wish to bring attention to this.”
Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the establishment of the Palestinian state, which will live in peace and stability alongside Israel.’
During the reception held yesterday evening [March 28, 2016] at the presidential headquarters for the delegation of the Coalition of Sephardi Jews , led by chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews Sam Ben-Shitrit, the president added: ‘We are experiencing difficult days, and despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us. Therefore, we are trying to hold dialogue with all groups of the Israeli society.’ Likewise, he noted that he makes sure to meet with the Jewish communities in every city in the world in order to discuss the common base for the establishment of peace, as there is no other option, and that none of us can cancel the other’s existence, come what may…"
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Abbas: Terror wave happening in part because of “attacks” against “holy sites,” especially Al-Aqsa Mosque; Palestinians “paying a heavy price… from the blood of its sons” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2016
     “The following is the text of the president’s [Abbas’] speech before the Djibouti National Assembly:
“Brother president, brothers and sisters, I have come to you from Palestine and Jerusalem’s environs, where our people is engaged in a bitter conflict with the Israeli occupation, and is paying a heavy price [in order to obtain] freedom and independence, from the blood of its sons who are defending their honor, the honor of their Arab and Islamic nation, the holy places of Islam and Christianity, and the pure land.
These days, the Palestinian territories are witness to a state of agitation and tension (this refers to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks since September 2015 –Ed.) due to hopelessness and despair among the young, and the closure of the political horizon that does not herald a better future and a way out of the current situation, which is a result of the continued occupation and attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Abbas to Europeans about Jews: “We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future… We are absolutely not against the Jewish religion… [it] is an honorable religion and we all honor it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2015


Abbas addressing Greek Parliament:
"A racist separation fence was built and continues to be built between us and the Israelis. We do not want a fence to separate us. We want a bridge that will connect us. We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future. What can prevent this? By the way, we are absolutely not against the Jewish religion, and we cannot be against the Jewish religion. The Jewish religion is an honorable religion and we all honor it, appreciate it and recognize its sanctity. Our problem is with the Zionist occupation."
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Abbas during terror wave: "Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2015
Abbas made the following statement during a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that began in October 2015. 11 Israelis had been killed in the terror wave at the time Abbas made this statement.
Headline: "The president called South America to act like the EU with regards to products from settlements"
     "President [Mahmoud Abbas] stated yesterday [Nov. 11, 2015] during his speech at the Summit of South American-Arab Countries, held in Riyadh: … 'We will continue to become members of international treaties and organizations, in order to defend our rights, and we will continue defending our people which is under occupation, through all legal and peaceful means... Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law, resolutions of international bodies, signed agreements and the Arab Peace Initiative. The time has come for some of the international forces to stop comparing the victim to the executer, because this may protract the conflict, and spread despair and frustration. If our people won’t enjoy its freedom, dignity, sovereignty and independence, no one will enjoy these things, and peace is a Palestinian, Arab and global interest, and it is within reach, If there are true will and intentions to make it.’"
Abbas presents Holocaust as something Jews "say": "They say they made sacrifices in World War II - we respect what they say" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 23, 2015
 
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at Polish media conference broadcast on official PA TV: "If they [Jews] say that they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated. We must not be a victim of the victim. I did not do anything bad to him. I just want him to follow the law. I want a state on the 1967 borders."
Abbas’ office condemns Charlie Hebdo’s Muhammad caricature: “No one has the right to… insult the faith of others” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2015
      “The Palestinian President’s Office condemned the offensive cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, published in the last issue of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The President’s Office… ‘emphasizes that no one has the right to exploit freedom of opinion to insult the faith or religious symbols of others.’”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas condemns IS and says no one ‎has right to murder “any human being"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2015
In his Christmas Eve speech, Abbas ‎strongly condemned IS and stated, “We ‎say to anyone who commits a crime ‎against any human being: Who gave [you] ‎the right to murder any human being?" ‎This statement stands in contrast to the ‎policy espoused by Abbas and his Fatah ‎party, in which Palestinians terrorist ‎murderers are glorified on a regular basis. ‎For examples, see here and ‎here.‎
‎     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas ‎participated in the midnight mass at the ‎Church of the Nativity and in the ‎Christmas celebrations according to the ‎Eastern calendar… I must address the terrorism taking place ‎everywhere, which we are dealing with ‎and which we oppose. We say to anyone ‎who commits a crime against any human ‎being: Who gave [you] the right to murder ‎a Sunni, a Shia, a Christian, an Alawite or ‎a Yazidi? Who gave [you] the right to ‎murder any human being? (i.e., allusion to ‎crimes committed by the Islamic State ‎against people belonging to these faiths.)‎
We say to them: You have nothing to do ‎with religion or Islam; you are beside the ‎subject. Allah will call you to account for ‎the crimes being committed – [whether] ‎against Sunnis, Shias or Christians – but ‎Praise be to Allah, this issue does not ‎exist among us, for we are fully conscious, ‎and we live in a holy land that respects ‎human beings, sanctifies [human] blood ‎and protects its dignity.‎”‎
Abbas representative: Without Jerusalem “there can be no state, no life, and no honor” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2015
      “The President [Mahmoud Abbas] participated in a ceremony marking the birthday of the Prophet [Muhammad] at Ramallah’s Palace of Culture yesterday evening [Jan. 5, 2014]. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on [Religious and] Islamic Affairs, said in a speech on behalf of President Abbas: ‘It is a great honor to stand [here] and speak on behalf of the President, on a day so full of [historic] occasions…’
He added: ‘On the 12th of the [Islamic] month of Rabi' Al-Awwal, his [the Prophet Muhammad’s] noble light broke forth (i.e., he was born), and on this day he prophesied, migrated to Medina and returned to his creator. Therefore, this is the day of the Prophet, and justly so. We celebrate it at the same time we observe the birthday of Jesus, peace be upon Him, and the golden anniversary of the revolution of the [Palestinian] land and man, the revolution of Palestine against the occupation, in order to rescue our immortal right…’
Al-Habbash emphasized that at the end of the road, the meeting place would be there, in Jerusalem, at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – noble, dignified and liberated – without which there would be no peace or stability for anyone in the region and the world at large, [Jerusalem] being the crown jewel, and without it there can be no state, no life and no honor.”
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