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Abbas to Israelis: "Our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave" 
Source: Haaretz, May 27, 2017
Abbas sent a message to Israelis demonstrating on May 27, 2017 for "Two states - One hope" at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv:
    "There isn't a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn't a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation... The time has come to live, you and us, in peace, harmony, security and stability. The only way to end the conflict and the fight against terror in the region and the entire world is a solution of two states based on the 1967 borders, Palestine alongside Israel. We've accepted the decisions of the UN, recognized Israel and accepted the two-state solution, and the world has recognized the state of Palestine. Now the time has come for the State of Israel to recognize our state and end the occupation. The opportunity still exists, and it cannot be missed when our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave."
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Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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Abbas to Russian TV: option of peace is the only option for the future 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 9, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ interview in Arabic with Russian channel RT Arabic on May 9, 2017

Interviewing for Russian media, Abbas stated that the PA’s only option is peace. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians.

RT Arabic interviewer: “Why do you still adhere to a peaceful solution, when the Israelis are not interested in it? What are you trying to achieve?”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “What choice do we have? There is no choice for us – for us and for the world – other than a peaceful solution. There are no other options. I think that the military option does not exist in the near future, and has finished its role. We have no option but [a peaceful solution].”
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 claims to Israeli delegation that he wants “peace through negotiations,” in contrast to messages to Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 is a clear message that settlement will not lead to peace”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Paris peace conference (i.e., part of the French Peace Initiative) that will be held this month [January 2017] constitutes an international opportunity for a solution of the Palestinian issue by determining an international mechanism and a timetable for implementation. This was said during his meeting last evening [Jan. 5, 2017] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah with an Israeli delegation that included hundreds of academics, writers, and political activists who support peace and who signed a petition that supports holding the Paris peace conference…

The president said: ‘We want to achieve peace through negotiations, and we oppose any other path and will not allow turning to it. We always declare that we are against terror, extremism, and violence everywhere in the world.’ The president noted that the arrival of the Israeli delegation despite all of the obstacles that were placed in its path by several parties emphasizes that there is a majority within the Israeli people that wants peace and is striving for it, and we extend our hands to peace and to an end of the occupation…

He added: ‘We do not want to go to the UN or to the Security Council, but some have placed obstacles to peace, and therefore we went and we will also go to the peace conference in Paris in order to bring about peace.’ The president expressed appreciation for the initiative of the Israeli delegation to support the Paris conference, and referred to the significance of the support for it within Israeli society, as well as from the international community, so that it will succeed and peace will be saved.

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Contrary to message in Arabic to Palestinians, Abbas states to Russian PM that the PA wants the two-state solution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President: Our recognition of Israel cannot be for free, and it must implement the agreements that have been signed”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that ‘Our recognition of the State of Israel cannot be for free, for at the same time there needs to be Israeli recognition of the State of Palestine.’ The president yesterday [Nov. 11, 2016], during a press conference with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Jericho, expressed his confidence that Russia will have an active and supporting role in every political process in our region…
The president said that [US President-elect Donald] Trump’s victory in the presidency is ‘an American issue.’ Likewise, he said: ‘We have followed the election process for over a year. What interests us is what Trump will say after he reaches the White House. What we demand of him is that the US will accept the solution of two states living side by side in security and stability, and that it will act to implement it.’”
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 lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "The Gandhi of the Arabs"

Excerpt of editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians

"Yesterday [April 2, 2016] President Mahmoud Abbas received at the presidential headquarters a delegation of the honorable Druze who came from the Galilee and Carmel in order to express exceptional patriotic support of the president, his wise policy, and his realistic discourse – the peace discourse, which we will not forego or forsake…

So much so, that the head of the delegation, Sheikh Zidan Al-Atsheh described President Abbas as Gandhi of the Arabs'…

I n his words/statement to the delegation of our people the Druze, President Abbas emphasized that the discourse of peace will remain the discourse of Palestine… and that he will not fear condemnations due to this discourse, and will continue it without hesitation, just as he does not fear the arguments of those with populist slogans – those who fear and evade the truth and lie about what they call 'knife operations,' (i.e., stabbing attacks) which we do not want our children to be dragged into. After all, there is no sensible person who encourages such acts, as they have no connection to the true resistance, that which
PA daily op-ed: Abbas’ rejects youth knife attacks; remarks will “not find favor” with Palestinian supporters of violent youth uprising 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2016
Headline: "Abbas' children – on the future's path, and not as firewood"

Excerpt of op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Committee member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

"President Mahmoud Abbas' words about childhood and protecting the children of Palestine do not find favor in their eyes, and his firm standpoint regarding their being pushed into a bloody conflict will also not find favor in their eyes, as they cannot see themselves except within the [children's] spilled blood, and they are not able to exalt their names except by climbing ladders whose rungs are made of their (i.e., the children’s) soft bones. The professional (swindler) [parentheses in source] 'revolutionaries' and 'patriots'' arrows are beating down upon the president after each opportunity at which he repeats his standpoint regarding the pushing of Palestinian children into the furnace of violent conflicts. Those who opened fire on the president after his interview on Israeli TV Channel 2, after he said that the Palestinian security forces are careful to check children's backpacks and confiscate knives that one of them might be carrying, so that they will not be needlessly killed at Israeli checkpoints… ignore the moral collapse in most of the countries of the world, and are trying to convince us that whoever sees the children of Palestine in the 'Israeli occupation's holocaust' will rise against the state that defies international law. This is while no one refers to the tens of thousands of pictures of the children of Syria and Iraq…

It is easy for those whose feelings have dried up as a result of the conditions of the environment and the false inherited social and cultural climate to see children's brains spraying out of their heads, or to see tragic pictures of young children helplessly bleeding from deep wounds in their bodies, after being denied any assistance. The brains of these people a
Abbas to Israeli Druze leaders: “We want to make peace” and “renounce violence, terror and extremism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2016
Headline: "The president: There are those who do not want that and who are fomenting the war in places like those and others"

In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians

"[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] hosted a delegation of the Druze people, led by Sheikh Zidan Al-Atsheh, and a delegation from the International Girls' Camp organized by the Fatah Shabiba [student] movement yesterday [April 2, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah…

The president blessed the Druze delegation and said: 'You, from where you are, are messengers of peace. We want you to be messengers of peace between the state to which you belong (i.e., Israel) and the people to which you belong (i.e., Palestinians). There are many things that we can do together in order to reach the peace that we all hope for.' He added: Peace is the dearest, most ideal and most important goal for all of us. There are those who do not want peace and are fomenting the war in places like those and others, and therefore we support peace and renounce violence and terror.'

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Speaking to Israelis, PA President Abbas denies incitement to violence, says hand always extended for peace 
Source: Israeli TV Channel 2, Mar. 31, 2016
Israeli Channel 2 program Fact, Ilana Dayan interview of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 31, 2016. This interview clearly illustrates how PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his PA and Fatah officials and media give one message to Israel and the international community, and an entirely different one to their own people and the Arab world regarding the PA’s alleged recognition of Israel and intention to accept a two-state solution. Also, Abbas here expresses shame over some of the terror murders during the terror wave, but his PA paper and PA and Fatah officials have praised the attacks. Translation from original Hebrew to English:

Israeli Channel 2 interviewer Ilana Dayan: “Mr. President, thank you for hosting us here, in Ramallah.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “You are welcome.”

Dayan: “Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to ask you to try and take me to a personal place. Have you ever discussed with your family, Mr. Abbas, with your sons, with Yasser or Tareq, the possibility that God forbid one of your grandsons would ever take a knife and take to the streets with it?”

Abbas: “I would have to be crazy to tell my son that that is the right thing to do. Or that those knife attacks (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, most of which were stabbings carried out by young Palestinians, September 2015-October 2016 –Ed.) are the right thing to do.”

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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.”
Abbas says he won't recognize Israel as Jewish state; claims Israel plans to displace Israeli Arabs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2014


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a press conference held at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 
     “Starting three years ago they [Israelis] came to us with a new invention: The Jewish ‎state. The Jewish state. Of course, now there is a Jewish state, an Islamic State, the ‎state of ISIS, and so on. The atmosphere is highly explosive. We said: "We will not ‎recognize Israel as a Jewish state." We recognize Israel, the State of Israel... [In Israel] ‎there are a million and half Arabs and half a million Christian and Muslim Russians... ‎We ask: "What right do [Russians] have to come to Palestine?" […] Naturally, Israel has ‎its objectives with this (i.e., Jewish state demand) - in general - that a million and a half ‎‎[Israeli] Arabs will be scattered all over. ‘‘You are not a Jew, what are you doing here?’’ ‎‎‘‘This is a Jewish state and you are not a Jew.’’ Likewise, they shut the doors on the ‎right of return, but we will not give up the right of return. I am a refugee, I am a refugee. ‎The President of the State of Palestine is merely a refugee. From Safed.”‎
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Abbas: PA will stop cooperation with Israel if UNSC resolution fails 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2014
Headline: “The president: If the proposed Palestinian resolution does not pass the [UN] Security Council, we will stop the cooperation with Israel”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized yesterday [Dec. 23, 2014] that the PA will stop the cooperation with Israel if the proposed resolution about ending the Israeli occupation, proposed to the UN Security Council, fails, according to a report of the Algerian news agency.
President Abbas, who completed his three-day visit to Algeria, said: ‘If the Arab-Palestinian proposal to end the occupation that was presented to the Security Council does not pass, we will take a series of political and legal steps which will have consequences.’ He added: ‘If we fail, we will stop all of our cooperation with the Israeli government, and ask it to assume all of its areas of responsibilities as an occupying state.’ The president emphasized in a press conference: ‘We are determined to regain our rights, including the right of return and the release of all the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons. We will not concede to the occupation’s policy of hegemony and tyranny.’
He continued: ‘The Palestinian issue simultaneously constitutes the key to peace and to war in the Middle East.’ …
In Moscow, senior Palestinian negotiator [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said yesterday that the PA will sign 16 international conventions, including the founding convention of the International Criminal Court, in case the proposed Palestinian resolution about ending the occupation fails.”
Abbas calls for respecting all religions: Attacks on “Jewish synagogues or Christian churches are forbidden” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2014
     “The following is the text of the speech given by the President [Mahmoud Abbas] at a ceremony held yesterday [Dec. 7, 2014] in Ramallah, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day:
'The Israeli government has raised [the issue of] the Jewishness of the state, and the government was divided [on this issue], and they agreed to hold elections. This is an internal matter, which has nothing to do with us, but we see that even within Israel there are those - such as the state’s president, MPs and military officers - who oppose what we oppose.
'These decisions, especially the one regarding the Jewish state, are decisions we will not accept under any circumstances. We oppose the Jewish state for many reasons, and oppose turning the conflict into a religious conflict between us and them, because if this does happen, it will never end. Ours is a political conflict between occupiers and occupied, and we respect all religions. The attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque are absolutely unacceptable, and we will not accept them. In addition, [attacks] against Jewish synagogues or Christian churches are [also] forbidden.'”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas gives his views on land swaps, on return of 6 million refugees, and recognition of Israel as Jewish state 
Source: Akhbar Al-Youm (Egypt), Nov. 30, 2014
The Egyptian newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm  interviewed PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “...  [Netanyahu’s] declarations are very similar to those of Hamas (they are both the same) [parenthesis in source], and so the talk of a Jewish state – in the context of this rift, we cannot recognize it. It is inconceivable, and we will stand against this plan, not just out of stubbornness, but because it is against our interests... There is an additional reason [to object to a Jewish state], which is that [under the Nation Law] refugees are forbidden to return. There are six million [Palestinian] refugees still waiting to return – and by the way, I am one of them. Therefore, creative solutions must be [found], because one cannot shut the door in the face of those wishing to return. Israel is striving for a Jewish state and IS is striving for an Islamic state, so we are caught between Islamic extremism and Jewish extremism. After the establishment of a Jewish state, [IS leader] Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi will have an excuse to establish an Islamic state, and this is another story we are suffering from and will continue to suffer from.”

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Abbas: We seek a Palestinian state "which will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2014
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, said today, Tuesday, that our nation does not know the meaning of [the word] ‘impossible,’ and would continue to defend its legitimate rights. In a phone interview on the world’s longest radio program, which was inaugurated by the [Palestinian] ‘Raya FM’ radio station, and lasts 50 consecutive hours, with the aim of entering the Guinness Book of World Records, his excellency added: ‘Today, our nation is bravely standing [firm] to protect and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’
He said, ‘We do not wish to harm anyone, and do not wish anything bad to happen to anyone, but at the same time, we do not want anyone to harm our people and our holy places. The Islamic, Christian and Jewish holy places are all equally holy in our eyes, and therefore, we will not allow anyone to harm them.’
The President greeted our resolute nation in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which held out for 50 days in the face of Israeli aggression, and sacrificed 2,200 Martyrs (Shahids) and over 10,000 wounded in a battle which will go down in history. He expressed hope that the grief afflicting our people since 1948 would end, and said: ‘We desire this grief to end, through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, which will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel. This is our message to the Israeli people and to the world.’”
Abbas welcomes delegation from Neturei Karta, fringe anti-Zionist Jewish group, and praises them 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 11, 2014
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, received a delegation from the Jewish ‘Neturei Karta’ movement (i.e., extremist anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes) participating in the [ceremony] marking the tenth anniversary of President Yasser Arafat’s death as a Martyr (Shahid). The President praised the movement’s positions and its support of the Palestinian people’s right to self-definition and an independent state. His Excellency [Abbas] emphasized that these positions would help achieve peace and stability in the holy lands and in the entire region.”
Abbas welcomes Neturei Karta, fringe Jewish anti-Zionist group 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 11, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death:
     “Greetings to these friends from Neturei Karta (i.e., extremist anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes), from the Jews who stand by the Palestinian people and embody [the belief] that all religions belong to one god, that we do not distinguish between apostles, prophets, and religions, and are willing and able – and this is the proof – to live in the homeland as brothers reconciled: Each will go to his mosque, church, synagogue, or place of worship, and all will serve God. To these friends, welcome.”

[In the background: images of Neturei Karta members holding posters with the words ‘End of Zionism = Peace & Security’]



Abbas demands release of terrorist murderers as part of cease fire agreement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014
The following statement was made during the 2014 Gaza war while Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
     “[PA] Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziad Abu Ein emphasized that… the leadership has requested the immediate release of all people arrested in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem during the recent events, whose numbers exceed 1,500, as these arrests were carried out in an extortive and terroristic manner by the occupation authorities.
He added that the leadership has emphasized the President’s [Mahmoud Abbas’] request that the [demand to release the] fourth phase of [prisoners] arrested before the Oslo [Accords], as well as all [imprisoned] Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council) members, including MPs Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, be included in the truce agreement he is working on in Cairo.”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
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Abbas on cooperation with Israel: "We cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily or in any other way" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 18, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Truly, we formed the government from self-employed [professionals] and technocrats, and there are no members of any organization among them, especially not from Hamas: there is absolutely no one from Hamas in it [the government]. This government is not involved with issues relating to the negotiations and with political issues, but it is committed to the PLO guidelines... These guidelines specifically state the following: That the Palestinian government [should] recognize Israel – and we [do] recognize the State of Israel; that the government reject terrorism – and we [do] reject terrorism; that the government recognize the decisions of the international institutions – and we [do] recognize the decisions of the international institutions.
To these, we have added that the government believe in the negotiations, even if it is the PLO, not the government, which conducts the negotiations. In addition, the government [must] believe in peaceful popular resistance. There is an additional point that is neither popular nor liked: That the government believe in security cooperation with Israel... It is in our interest that there be security cooperation between us and the Israelis, so that we can defend ourselves, defend our people. We don’t want to return to anarchy or destruction as happened during the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). I say this in the clearest and most unequivocal way possible: we will not go back to [another] Intifada, which will destroy us, and so there is cooperation…
Whoever committed this act (the kidnapping) wants to destroy us; therefore, we will talk to them differently and hold a different position, whoever it was that committed this action. Because we cannot endure such actions; we cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily nor in any other way."

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Abbas is lying to Americans, says former Hamas spokesman 
Source: Facebook page of Ihab Al-Ghussein, former Hamas spokesman, June 8, 2014
     "You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors?? He says: 'Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you [Hamas]. What's important is what we agree on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly] and say that the [PA] government is my [Abbas'] government and it recognizes 'Israel' and so on, fine - these words are meant to trick the Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened in 2006, he [Abbas] said: 'Don't harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media.'
Come on [Abbas]!
The problem really isn't with him [Abbas], the problem is with whoever believes him. Ha, Ha, Ha! (I really do want real reconciliation, meaning partnership and achieving unity, but not reconciliation as Abbas means it)."
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Abbas ousts Fatah official who criticized him 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2014
     ‎“Fatah Commander-in-Chief Mahmoud ‎Abbas has decided to oust five of the ‎movement’s members. The decision read: ‎‎‘After examining the movement’s ‎regulations… and in keeping with the ‎authority accorded to us, we have decided ‎to oust [the following members] from the ‎movement: M ajed ‎ Abu Shamaleh, ‎Nasser Jum’a, Abd Al-Hamid Al-Masir, ‎Sufian Abu Zaydeh, and Rashid Abu ‎Shubak.’”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: ‎Sufian Abu Zaydeh is known as an opponent ‎of Mahmoud Abbas. In an op-ed published ‎by Ma’an on June 27, 2013, he sharply ‎criticized Abbas’ monopolization of power in ‎the PA. The PA condemned Abu Zaydeh for his criticism.
PA minister: Abbas and the Palestinian people will not agree to make concessions 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash from the Al-Taqwa Mosque, Al-Tireh.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“I am telling you, brothers, and I am telling the whole world, even the US: you will only hear from the President [Abbas] what you have heard him say in the past. You will not hear from him about concession when there is an [entire] nation behind him. If the President cedes – his people will not forgive him. We will stand with him as long as he adheres to [his] principles. But if he deviates from [his] principles, we will not stand with him, and he will find himself alone. He knows this, and he will tell them (i.e., Israel and the US) so.”
Abbas to refugees: All five million refugees will have option to "return to Israel, and hold Israeli citizenship" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 6, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to members of Fatah’s Al-Shabiba Al-Tullabiya student movement at the Presidential headquarters.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The refugee’s right is a personal right. In other words, you are a refugee and your son is a refugee – you give up but your son doesn’t give up, or vice versa – he is free [to do so]. When we say this is a personal choice – he chooses. We said he can choose between [the following]: a. he can staywhere he is – in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, wherever he wants – and receive compensation. Of course. Or, [b.] he can go to another country, with the consent of that country – ‘I want to emigrate to Canada’ or wherever you want… and receive compensation. Or – c. [he] can decide to go back to the State of Palestine, and receive compensation. Or decide to return to the State of Israel, and receive compensation, and [then] return, of course.
These are the options we will present to the Palestinians, and they will choose: [Do] you want to stay here? You are welcome. [Do] you want to go there? You are welcome. Do you want to go to Palestine; do you want to return and receive Israeli citizenship – that’s how it is…
All the refugees and their descendants, who currently number 5 million, are from the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel). In other words, there are no refugees from Nablus or Ramallah – they are all from Tiberias, Safed, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Be’er Sheva, or from those areas. So, you’ll return to Israel, and hold Israeli citizenship.”
Abbas: "The claim that I intend and plan to return five million Palestinian refugees is a joke" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2014
     “On the refugee issue, the President [Mahmoud Abbas] said, according to [Israeli political party Meretz Chairwoman MP Zehava] Galon: ‘The claim that I intend and plan to return five million Palestinian refugees is a joke and nothing more, because I do not want to destroy Israel, and not a single refugee will return to Israel without the Israelis’ consent; but I [do] expect Israel to agree to set a quota for the number of refugees it can absorb each year.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas to Israeli students: Through "mutual understanding" we must come to a solution on refugee problem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2014
Extract from PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to Israeli students:
     "On the refugee issue: there has been propaganda maintaining that Mahmoud Abbas wants to return five million refugees to Israel in order to destroy the State of Israel. No such statement was ever made. All we said was, ‘let’s put the refugee issue on the table,’ because this is a sensitive problem that must be solved in order to put an end to the conflict and for the refugees to be satisfied with the peace agreement, but we aren’t striving or acting to inundate Israel with millions [of refugees] in order to change its demographic makeup. This is nonsense, and the statements made in the Israeli media are false.
Let’s at least put the problem on the table in order to find creative solutions to it. When the Arab Peace Initiative was presented in Beirut in 2002… it stated that the Arab and Islamic countries would normalize their relations with Israel if it would withdraw from the occupied territories, and [spoke of] a fair and accepted solution to the refugee problem. The solution will be achieved through mutual understanding and in agreement with the Israelis. When we say a fair and accepted solution, we mean that no side will force a solution on the other.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Fatah official at Abbas event: “Results of negotiations are a big, round zero” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 11, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a cultural event in support of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, held under the auspices of the Mayor of Jenin.
The event was attended by Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq [Tirawi]: “We negotiated with our heads held high. We fought using rocks, and we became Martyrs (Shahids). We fought using rifles, and we became prisoners, heroes. Some of them are [out there] among you. Heroes who made this movement [Fatah] and all of us proud. Some of you are still waiting for freedom. Martyrs who ascended to Heaven, whom we remember with admiration…
And we know that the results of negotiations are a big, round zero. Nonetheless, we tried. And we say with heads held high: ‘No!’ Whoever from among the Zionists who thinks that Beit El and all the settlements are Israeli land, is deluded. Haifa, Jaffa, and Acre will remain Palestinian forever, and they will be nothing other than Palestinian.”
[Applause from the audience]

Note: Tawfiq Tirawi is a member of the Fatah Central Committee (since the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009) and is former head of General Intelligence in the West Bank.

Abbas spokesman: Israeli MP Tzipi Livni's statement criticizing Abbas is an "official threat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 27, 2014
     "Spokesman for PA Chairman Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeina said that statements made by Minister of Justice and head of the Israeli negotiating team Tzipi Livni should be considered official threats and are unacceptable... He added that Livni's statements make her a party that cannot be negotiated with... It should be noted that Livni warned President Abbas that, 'He will pay the price for adhering to his positions.'"
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Abbas expresses hope for peaceful Muslim/Jewish coexistence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2014
     “Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the Christian denominations that follow the Eastern [Orthodox] Calendar – the Greek Orthodox, Assyrians, Copts and Abyssinians – culminated in Midnight Mass led by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the city, the rest of Palestine and Jordan, Theophilos III. [The celebrations were] attended by President Mahmoud Abbas, President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah and a number of Arab and international dignitaries…
The President [Mahmoud Abbas] expressed his hopes that the efforts invested by the American side would bear fruit and he noted that they are great [efforts], saying: ‘We hope that these efforts will produce what we and all the region’s nations want – to live in security and stability, just as the Muslim lives with the Christian in our society and that so too he will live with the Jew.’"
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas seeks "a just peace" with the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 23, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas Monday said in his Christmas message that millions of Palestinians are still denied the right to worship in their homeland… In Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born; a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example. We work with hope, seeking justice, in order to achieve a lasting peace... We are in the middle of a negotiations process with Israel, and we are committed to bring a just peace to the region, including ending the occupation of the Holy Land with the establishment of a fully independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital."

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Abbas claims that US promised PA that negotiations would be based on ’67 borders 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 2, 2013
PA TV broadcast of Abbas’ speech before the Fatah Revolutionary Council:
     “Before we began the negotiations there were talks or an American request. The request was that we (i.e., the PA) would refrain from turning to international organizations during the negotiations period, but we refused this. Adamantly refused this.
There was a lot of pressure [on us] that during negotiations, between 6 to 9 months, negotiations are limited to a period of 6 to 9 months, [we wouldn’t turn to UN organizations] but we refused. The negotiations deal was closed based on [an agreement] that the Americans would give us an official commitment that negotiations would be held based on the 1967 borders and [in return] we would begin negotiations. And indeed we began negotiations. Before we began, the international organizations were discussed again and we said that we would agree not to turn to them if we would get [back] the prisoners arrested before 1993, numbering 104 [prisoners], that is, all of them were arrested before 1993. But as part of this deal there was and still is the issue of releasing 250 prisoners. This is included in the negotiations deal.”
Abbas: Palestinians in Lebanon are “guests” who will “return to their lands” (i.e., Israel) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday [July 3, 2013] that the Palestinian refugees are guests in Lebanon and [that they] will not interfere in its internal affairs.
In a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart [President of the Republic of Lebanon] Michel Suleiman, the President [Abbas] stated that the Palestinian presence in Lebanon is temporary, until they return to their lands and that there is no one among us who believes in settling [the refugees in Lebanon.]”
PA condemns Fatah official for criticizing Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2013
      ‎“The [PA’s] security establishment ‎condemned the statements made by ‎‎[Fatah official] Sufian Abu Zaydeh, which ‎harmed the Palestinian people and its ‎leadership. It noted that Abu Zaydeh’s ‎statements dissolve the unity of our ‎people and the social fabric by casting ‎doubt on the leadership of the Palestinian ‎people, represented by Mahmoud Abbas. ‎In a statement submitted today, Saturday, ‎the [PA’s] security establishment ‎expressed dismay at the fact that that ‎someone pretending to be a Fatah fighter ‎and leader is serving agendas hostile to ‎the Palestinian people – given that our ‎enemies are staging a fierce attack on ‎President Mahmoud Abbas aimed at ‎weakening his resolve vis-à-vis the heavy ‎pressure [he is under] to resume ‎negotiations without a halt in settlement ‎construction.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

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Rare internal criticism of Abbas 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 27, 2013
Op-ed by Fatah official Sufian Abu ‎Zaydeh
     ‎“I am revealing no secret nor adding ‎nothing new when I say that the ‎Palestinian people has reached a stage of ‎frustration and loss of confidence in its ‎leadership and its ability to find solutions ‎to the distress and disasters they are ‎facing and find a way out of them. The ‎frustration and loss of confidence do not ‎just concern the ability to end the ‎occupation, protect the holy places and ‎reduce the attacks of the settlers - these ‎are high aspirations no one expects to be ‎realized in the foreseeable future; [rather,] ‎the frustration essentially arises from the ‎shrinking of the Palestinian political ‎system and its reduction to the figure of ‎President [Mahmoud] Abbas.‎
Today, the President directs everything ‎related to the Palestinian people and the ‎Palestinian cause: he is the Chairman of ‎the PLO, the President of the State of ‎Palestine and the Chairman of the PA; he ‎is also the Chairman of Fatah and the ‎Supreme Commander of the [Security] ‎Forces. With the suspension of the PA ‎Parliament (Legislative Council), it is ‎President Abbas who issues legally ‎binding orders – meaning, he has ‎effectively replaced the PA Parliament. ‎With the complete paralysis of the PLO ‎institutions, he is the only decision-maker ‎there… The ‎President [Abbas] has complete power to ‎dismiss, appoint and promote. How can an ‎ambassador, a minister, a deputy minister ‎or a security officer oppose a decision or ‎say ‘no’ to the President, when he knows ‎that doing so will cost him his salary and ‎position?‎"

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Abbas: There will be no peace without the release of all Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 6, 2013
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahnoud Abbas’ speech about Jerusalem, at the fourth International Islamic Conference which took place in Ramallah:
     “I would like to send a message to our brave prisoners in the occupation’s prisoners: Oh heroes, you are our people’s torches of freedom. There will be no peace without you and no agreement with the Israeli side that will not include the release of all the Palestinian and Arab prisoners.”
Abbas speech at World Economic Forum: The PA has "fulfilled all its obligations" in peace treaties it has signed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2013
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan:
     “Palestine has spiritual and religious prominence and also an extraordinary geographic location. This is the land of the three monotheistic religions, the land of peace, to which hundreds of millions of people turn…
In a few days, 46 years of the occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip will have passed. After 20 years of negotiations, the Israeli government still deceives and procrastinates and evades the demands of peace. Nonetheless, we still say that we want a comprehensive and just peace and want to reach the two-state solution, to reside peacefully side by side, in accordance with the international legitimacy resolutions, the Road Map and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Everyone knows that we have fulfilled all our obligations in accordance with the signed treaties, that we have clarified our positions and intentions and that we have done everything required of us…
I am sending a message from here to our Israeli neighbors – ending the occupation of our land, releasing the prisoners, withdrawing the settlers and settlements, and dismantling the racist separation wall are what will establish peace and ensure security for you and for us. There is still a chance to make this peace, so let’s turn this peace into reality, so that our present and future generations can enjoy its fruits and live in its shade.”
Abbas claims to recognize Israel, but not as a Jewish state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2013
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, said yesterday [May 3, 2013] that the American administration is now trying to reach a workable framework to renew negotiations… The President said: ‘If we will be asked to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, we’ll refuse, because we already recognized the State of Israel, but if Israel wants to go to the UN and change its name to whatever it wants, that’s its own business.’”
Abbas expresses his commitment to peace to US Secretary of State John Kerry 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2013
Headline: “President [Abbas] to Kerry: ‘Yes to negotiations – after stopping the settlement and releasing the prisoners’”
     “President Abbas emphasized that ‘the Palestinians are committed to establishing a peace based on the international institutions’ decisions, in order to establish an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem.’ This was said during his meeting in the Presidential residence in the city of Ramallah with a delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He told the guest delegation that: ‘The Palestinian people are peaceful and willing to cooperate with all international efforts to revive the peace process,’ but he emphasized that the settlement poses a red-line that cannot be agreed to…
He also spoke about ‘The suffering of the Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, who are treated in the most terrible way by the occupation.’"
Abbas: There will be no peace until Israeli prisons are emptied of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas said that the issue of the prisoners and their release is the Palestinian people and leadership’s central issue. He emphasized that it is impossible to reach a peace treaty with the Israeli side without the prisons being emptied of all prisoners and detainees
Abbas rejects Israeli offer to allow Palestinian refugees from Syria into the PA, because they would have to renounce the “right of return” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2013
Headline: “ [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] rejected Israel’s condition for the entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria”

“[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina announced yesterday [May 21, 2016] that President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the condition set by Israel for the entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria into the territories of the State of Palestine.

Abu Rudeina said to AFP in a conversation from Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] where he is with the president in order to participate in the Arab Economic Summit: ‘President Abbas requested of the Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon that Israel allow the Palestinians from Syria – victims of the violence taking place there – to enter the territories of the occupied State of Palestine.’ He added that ‘Israel agreed but set an impossible condition – that anyone who enters the territories of the occupied State of Palestine renounce his right of return, which President Mahmoud Abbas absolutely refuses.’

Abu Rudeina said: ‘The issue of the Palestinian refugees and their right of return is one of the issues in a permanent arrangement, and no one can make changes to it, as the international resolutions stipulate their return to their homeland and the homes from which they were expelled, especially [UN] resolution 194, which stipulates the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.’”

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues
Abbas affirms that Oslo will be the basis for future negotiations 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2012
Headline: “The President [Abbas]: Our people’s victory angered the occupation and isolated it in the world. Oslo exists, it will be a basis and will not be annulled.”
     ”President Abbas said that the Oslo accords exist and are built on, and will not be annulled. In his statements to the press after his meeting in Amman with Jordanian King Abdullah II, he added that ‘Oslo exists. The Israelis have tried to violate it and cancel it, but it exists and will continue to exist. It will serve as a basis [for future negotiation] and will not be annulled.’”
PA Minister: Abbas views release of veteran prisoners as precondition for peace 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 22, 2012
Headline: "Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs arranges visits to families of veteran prisoners in Bethlehem"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, yesterday visited families of veteran prisoners in the Aida and Deheisheh refugee camps, and in the town of Al-Khader, marking the Eid El-Fitr holiday. The Minister of Prisoners' Affairs said, on this occasion: 'President Abbas views the release of the prisoners arrested prior to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, as the basis for any future meeting with the Israeli side. He opposed the Israeli haggling and blackmail in this regard, insisting on the release of all veteran prisoners, without discrimination and with no exception."
Abbas emphasizes that the PA does not recognize Israel as a Jewish State 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 25, 2012
Headline: "In interview to Lebanese Al-Nahar – President [Abbas]: The exchange of ‎letters with Netanyahu has reached a dead-end, and is waiting for American action"‎
     ‎"The issue of the Jewish state is not our concern; rather, it is your concern, and we do ‎not accept this – that we should recognize something that is called the Jewish state, ‎because we have already recognized the State of Israel, since Oslo [Accords], since ‎the days of President Yasser Arafat and the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; in ‎return, there was [Israeli] recognition of the PLO. Throughout that period the subject of ‎a Jewish Israel was not raised. Why was the subject not raised with Egypt or Jordan ‎during the negotiations for signing the peace agreements? Or even with Syria, during ‎the indirect negotiations, via Turkey? Why do you ask this of us? We will not accept it – ‎neither explicitly nor implicitly."‎
Abbas: “We do not support violence or the armed struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 7, 2011
Abbas during a meeting with a Jordanian parliamentary delegation
Headline:
“President [Abbas]: Our application to the UN follows their blocking of the possibility of negotiations”
“… President Abbas said: ‘Negotiations are the basis for reaching a solution, and we have no [other] option. I will not return to the armed Intifada; our option is the non-violent option, which has begun to be raised and upheld by the Arab Spring’… He continued: ‘From our point of view [the choice is] – negotiations, and again negotiations, and again negotiations.’ He emphasized, ‘If this option fails, then we will be left with no possibility – praise to Allah – other than to turn to the highest international body – the UN.’ The President noted, ‘The US is opposed to our applying to the UN. They have said to us: ‘If you go to the UN, we will use [our power of] veto.’ The President said: ‘We told them: If the negotiations are stuck, and you don’t want us to apply to the UN, what third option is there?’ They said, ‘We have none.’… The President said, ‘The entire world is with us, because we are taking the right road and precluding all the excuses by any element trying to divert our path.’
He added, ‘We do not support violence or the armed struggle. What I want is to build the state.’”
Abbas: "The Palestinian leadership will never give up the right of return” 
Source: WAFA news agency, May 14, 2011
Headline: "Abbas: Every Palestinian Should See Palestine"
     "President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that every Palestinian should see Palestine, stressing that the right of return should be a practice, not just a slogan.
'We want every Palestinian to see Palestine,' he said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Cultural and Educational Forum visiting the West Bank from different Arab countries...
'The Palestinian leadership will never give up the right of return,' he said. 'It will take practical steps to return to the homeland and to end life in exile because the homeland is our final destination.'
'We tell the world that we want a state on the 1967 borders and a fair and agreed on solution based on the Arab peace initiative. But we will never accept a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital.'"
Abbas: No Israeli Arabs in future Palestinian state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2011
From meeting between Abbas and a delegation from the Women’s Union in Ramallah, following publication of leaked documents concerning Israeli Palestinian negotiations by Al-Jazeera:
     Mahmoud Abbas:
“When some 120 Israeli figures came here, they said, ‘What’s your opinion concerning the Jewish state?’, and I said that we wouldn’t agree to it. We know what they mean by it, and therefore we shall not agree to a Jewish state…” One of their [Israeli] offers [during the negotiations] was that perhaps we would agree to territory and population exchanges, and they mentioned by name some villages in the Triangle [Israel region bordering West Bank with high Arab population]. However, [Israeli Arab] Member of the Israeli Parliament Muhammad Barakeh spoke out yesterday against them…
The Palestinian Authority… has stated that this is a red line, and it is impossible that we would agree to territory and population exchanges…
We emphasize that all residents inside the Green Line [Israeli Arabs] will remain inside. We shall not under any circumstances accept [into the Palestinian state] a single resident from inside the Green Line, and everyone knows why.”
Abbas: We missed the opportunity for a state in 1947 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2010
Abbas speaking at the launching of the Palestinian Students’ Aid Fund in Lebanon:
     “It is not true that we are presented [with opportunities] and we miss opportunities. We don’t miss opportunities. Perhaps we missed opportunities in the past, and we don’t want to repeat that – the opportunity of 1947 [UN Resolution 181, the Partition Plan], but after that we didn’t miss an opportunity and we are prepared to examine every opportunity for the sake of our nation, for the sake of our people, until stability is achieved for the nation, until the unity of this nation is achieved once again upon our land and it enjoys independence in an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
Abbas: "We are committed to the wording of Oslo" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2010
President Mahmoud Abbas interviewed by Maan News Agency:
     "In response to a question about Israel's insistence on demanding that he [Abbas] recognize the Jewishness of the state [of Israel], he said: 'If they want to call it the Great Jewish Zionist Empire of Israel, let them call themselves that. Why are they asking what we think about it? We are committed to the wording of the Oslo document, and that's something that is clear; it speaks about the PLO's recognition of Israel's right to exist in return for Israel's recognition of the PLO as the legitimate, sole representative of the Palestinian people. So let them call themselves whatever they like; what business is it of mine?"

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