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Mahmoud Abbas
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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.
To view descriptions of Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat, click "full article" below.
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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