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Mahmoud Abbas
On the peace process
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."
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