עברית

 






Entire Page


PA and Fatah personalities
Mahmoud Abbas
On the peace process
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?"
1234
Display all
More in this category
1- Glorifying terror and violence
2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- Speeches to the international community




Entire Page






Created by swat