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Abbas emphasizes that the PA does not recognize Israel as a Jewish State
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 25, 2012
"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
“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
"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:
“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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