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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.'”
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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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