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Abbas to British activists: The British people do not agree with the “historical tragedy” of the Balfour Declaration, please support our “peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The British people do not agree to the historical injustice that Balfour caused to our people”
      “At the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] received a delegation of British solidarity activists who walked by foot for more than 147 days from Britain to occupied Jerusalem as a sign of condemnation of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) on the 100th anniversary of it being issued... The president said: …‘We are convinced that you are the ones that truly represent the British people, and it is a people that does not agree to the historical tragedy that the Balfour Promise caused to our people. In this context, we appreciate the noble position of the British House of Representatives that asked the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.’ […]
The president added: ‘We rely on people like you to support our people and strengthen its resolve so that it will be able to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation. We are certain that you understand that we are the only people in the world that is still bowing under the fire of this military occupation, which has continued for the last 50 years.’”

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Abbas condemns terror attack in Egypt 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas firmly condemned the cowardly terror attack that harmed the Egyptian police and military forces, and harmed Egypt’s security and stability (see note below –Ed.). The president expressed his solidarity and stand – together with the Palestinian people – alongside Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah El-Sisi], the government of Egypt, and the Egyptian people as they deal with blind extremist terror.”

On Oct. 20, 2017, 54 Egyptian police officers were killed in an ambush during a raid on a terrorist hideout in Giza province, southwest of Cairo.
Although usually silent regarding terror attacks against Israelis, Abbas condemns terror attack in Somalia 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president consoled his Somali counterpart over the victims of the terror attack”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas consoled Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ [Mohamed] over the victims of the terror attack that took place in the capital Mogadishu (358 murdered, see note below –Ed.). In the telegram of consolation, the president emphasized his condemnation of this criminal attack which is in contradiction of the religions of the revelation and human ethics. He said a prayer for the souls of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

The terror attack mentioned refers to a car bombing on Oct. 14, 2017 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, in which 358 people were murdered and over 200 wounded. The Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization Al-Shahab took credit for the attack.
Abbas' spokesman on terror attack: Abbas condemns "any act of violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
Headline: "Abu Rudeina: … the [PA] president condemns violence, regardless of its source"
     "Regarding the Palestinian position regarding the operation (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered) that took place in Jerusalem (sic., Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem), Official Spokesman [for PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Abu Rudeina] emphasized that the permanent position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] is to condemn all acts of violence, including this operation, and to condemn any violent operation, regardless of its source."
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and 2 security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
Abbas tells international scholars that "terrorism must be fought everywhere," while condemning Israeli security measures following a deadly terror attack 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 23, 2017
     "President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the Palestinian leadership will not accept Israel's recently installed metal detectors at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. He said, '[Israel] does not have the right to install these metal detectors, because having sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque is our [Palestinian] right. We have therefore taken a decisive and firm stance, especially with regard to security coordination.'
This came as Abbas received the scholars participating in the Second National Forum of Scholars in Palestine, organized by the Supreme Council for Innovation and Excellence, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. 'Things will be very difficult. We are not risking the destiny of our people. We only take deliberately examined decisions that we hope to make a result,' Abbas added. 'We, the State of Palestine, are convinced that terrorism must be fought everywhere, and we have at least 83 protocols with various countries around the world to combat violence and terrorism,' he told the participants."
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Abbas expresses pride to UN delegation over Palestinian struggle, claims Israel attempts to “impose new facts on the ground”, endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his pride in the members of our people, and particularly in Jerusalem, and warned against the continuation of the Israeli steps"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas held conversations with [leaders in] several capitals and yesterday [July 20, 2017] sent a Palestinian delegation to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This was in order to brief the members of the UN Palestine Committee regarding the rights of the Palestinian people which cannot be renounced, to hold a special and immediate meeting, and to broaden [the scope of] its meetings so that they will include a discussion about the dangerous situation taking place in occupied Jerusalem, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to act to publish a position according to which all of the steps taken by the Israeli government regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be stopped, the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) must be removed, the historical and legal situation, freedom of worship, and the right of our people and all Muslims throughout the world to exercise their right to hold religious ceremonies freely must be respected, as is anchored in international law."
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Abbas' advisor: Salaries to "the families of the prisoners and Martyrs constitute social aid that the PA provides" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 22, 2017
Headline: "Shaath: The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries constitute care for innocents who have been caused harm because of Israel"
      "Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor [on Foreign Affairs and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said that the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) constitute social aid that the PA provides to the families. Shaath added in a speech at the Herzliya Conference for security [of the IDC Herzliya Institute for Policy and Strategy] near Tel Aviv on Thursday [June 21, 2017] that the salaries are a social obligation towards innocents that have been harmed as a result of the imprisonment or killing of their loved ones as a result of the military occupation.
He noted that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested approximately a million Palestinians since [Israel’s] establishment in 1948, and added: 'One of every three Palestinian men has served a prison sentence in an Israeli prison - can an intelligent person claim that these million people are terrorists?' He added: 'Honestly, to describe all of our political prisoners as terrorists is racist rhetoric.'"

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath’s entire speech in English on behalf of Abbas can be seen
here.
Abbas condemns terror attack in London 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president conveys condolences over the victims, condemns the attack, and emphasizes: 'We oppose all forms of terror'"
      "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [June 4, 2017] condemned the terror attack that took place in London, the capital of Britain, which left dozens of killed and wounded innocent people (see note below –Ed.). The president said: 'We convey our warm condolences to the queen of Britain, the government of Britain, and the British people, and also to the families of the victims of the terror event. We emphasize our permanent position that opposes all forms of terror.’"

On June 3, 2017, terrorists rammed a van into people on the London Bridge and then continued to Borough Market, where they emerged from the van and stabbed people, murdering 7 and wounding dozens of others. The terrorists were shot and killed by police. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns terror attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Minya, and emphasizes standing by Egypt and its leadership against terror”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place west of the city of Minya in Egypt, in which 28 (sic., 29) Egyptians died as Martyrs (Shahids) and dozens of Coptic pilgrims were wounded (see note below –Ed.)… The president personally, on his [own] behalf and on behalf of the State of Palestine and its people, condemned this atrocious incident. He emphasized that our people stands by Egypt and its leadership, led by [Egyptian] President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in their war on terror and those who are trying to stir up a civil war and harm the social fabric.”

The article refers to a terror attack in Egypt’s Minya province on May 26, 2017, in which Muslim terrorists opened fire on a bus of Coptic Christians on their way to a monastery murdering 29, including children. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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Abbas to Russian TV: option of peace is the only option for the future 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 9, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ interview in Arabic with Russian channel RT Arabic on May 9, 2017

Interviewing for Russian media, Abbas stated that the PA’s only option is peace. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians.

RT Arabic interviewer: “Why do you still adhere to a peaceful solution, when the Israelis are not interested in it? What are you trying to achieve?”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “What choice do we have? There is no choice for us – for us and for the world – other than a peaceful solution. There are no other options. I think that the military option does not exist in the near future, and has finished its role. We have no option but [a peaceful solution].”
Abbas condemns France terror attack, while supporting terror against Israeli targets 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Palestinian PM Abbas consistently condemns terror acts abroad, while inciting, glorifying, and rewarding acts of terror against Israelis.

Headline: “He emphasized that the members of our people and its leadership stand by the side of the friend France in the struggle against terror – [PA] President Abbas expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror attack in Paris”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [April 21, 2017] sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror attack that took place two days ago at the Champs-Élysées. In the telegram that he sent to President Hollande, the president condemned this cowardly terror attack, and emphasized that our people and its leadership stand by the side of their friend the French people and its leadership in the struggle against terror.”

On April 20, 2017, 39-year-old French Muslim terrorist Karim Cheurfi shot and killed a French policeman at the Champs-Élysées in Paris before being shot and killed himself. A note praising ISIS was found by his body, and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Cairo 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2017
“[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place at St. George Church north of Cairo, the capital of Egypt, which claimed dozens of innocent killed and wounded people (see note below –Ed.). He emphasized that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand completely by the side of the Egyptian people, its leadership, and its magnificent army against ‘indiscriminate terror, which is targeting Egypt and its leading role.’ The president expressed his warm condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, his people, and his government over the victims of the cowardly terror incident. He emphasized that he is very confident of Egypt’s ability to overcome all of the difficulties…
The president also expressed his warm condolences to [Coptic] Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros.”

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Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.
Abbas claims "he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace" and that "Palestine stands against terror and violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening  received the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace, which is awarded to people who are characterized by integrity, openness, humaneness, and tolerance…
In a speech that he gave at the award reception ceremony in the city of Dortmund in Germany, the president said: ‘Judaism is a monotheistic religion that we completely respect, like Christianity and Islam. Our conflict with Israel is not against Judaism, but rather against the occupation that rules over our land and our people.’... He emphasized that he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace, dialogue, abandonment of violence, and activity through political, diplomatic, and peaceful means in order to put an end to the Israeli occupation…
The president emphasized support for dialogue between religions and cultures, and said: ‘Recently we encouraged the connection between Al-Azhar (i.e., a leading Islamic institution located in Egypt) and the Vatican, and we are sure that understandings will grow from this that will contribute to the establishment of peace, tolerance, and coexistence between all of the religions in our region and in the world.’ He also emphasized that Palestine stands against terror and violence in our region and in the world, whatever their source and form may be.”

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Abbas tells Germany: "We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president in a press conference with Merkel: We adhere to the establishment of a just peace according to the two-state solution”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 24, 2017] with German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
During a press conference that he held with the German chancellor a short time before the start of the talks, the president emphasized that the Palestinian leadership adheres to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace according to the two-state solution, which is based on the 1967 borders…

(The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ speech at the press conference –Ed.)

I again emphasize our support and our standing at your side in order to fight all of the forms of terror and its sources. We express to you our condolences over the victims of the terror operation that took place during the Christmas celebrations (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it, due to the danger that it constitutes to peace and stability in the region and in the world. We also emphasize [the need for] political solutions to conflicts in the region. We oppose military solutions and demand that all sides turn to a political solution.”
Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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Abbas tells President Trump rep he is "completely committed" to creating atmosphere for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2017
Headline: "He met with the American president's Special Representative for International Negotiations - the [PA] president: It is possible to reach a historical peace with the leadership of Trump; our strategic choice is to implement the two-state solution; Greenblatt emphasizes that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 14, 2017] in Ramallah with US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
The two sides emphasized that the PA and the US are committed to advancing a true and permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. President Abbas said that he believes that it is possible to reach a historical peace with President Trump's leadership, which would strengthen the security throughout the region. He added that he expects to discuss the possibility of making peace directly with President Trump during his upcoming visit to Washington.
Greenblatt emphasized that Trump is committed to working with the Israelis and Palestinians in order to achieve a permanent peace through direct negotiations. He also emphasized that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement.
President Abbas and Greenblatt again emphasized that the US and the PA are committed to battling violence and terror. The president [Abbas] emphasized that he is completely committed to creating an appropriate atmosphere for making peace."
Abbas in Lebanon: Palestinians here are guests, will “certainly return to their homeland of Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: "The members of our people in Lebanon emphasize that they stand behind the [PA] president"

"The members of our people in the refugee camps in Lebanon emphasized that they stand behind [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas.
The entrances to the refugee camps were decorated with flags of Palestine and Lebanon, pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas and Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat,’ and signs on which were written slogans that emphasize the refugee camps’ support of the president and that they stand behind him.
President Abbas yesterday [Feb. 25, 2017] continued his official visit to Lebanon for the third consecutive day. During the visit he met with President of the Republic [of Lebanon] Michel Aoun…
In a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart, the [PA] president thanked Lebanon for its support of Palestine and the Palestinian people in all of the international forums.
The president again emphasized that the Palestinian refugees on Lebanese soil are only guests. He said that he is convinced that Lebanon will continue to take care of them nicely and embrace them to its bosom (See note below –Ed.), until their certain return to their homes and their homeland of Palestine."

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are poorly treated, facing severe legal restrictions and denied many basic human rights. They are not allowed to own property, are denied access to Lebanese health and education services – which they instead receive from UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). They are completely denied employment in certain fields – including the medical, legal and engineering fields – and have difficulty obtaining work permits in general, and suffer from very poor living conditions.
Abbas: “Balfour Declaration is the reason for our tragedy,” demands Britain apologize 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' statements at the press conference with French President Francois Hollande on Feb. 7, 2017 in Paris

...I have discussed with His Honor [French] President [Francois] Hollande the inherent dangers in the possibility of the embassy of any state being transferred to Jerusalem, as this is a violation of international law. At this opportunity, we emphasize that we view East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. We want it to be open to the faithful of all of the monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam…
Yesterday the government of Britain announced that it is inviting Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to participate in the celebrations of the 100th [anniversary] of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917. The Balfour Promise is the reason for our tragedy, and this is a matter which surprises [us] and to which we object. We demand that the government of Britain apologize to the Palestinian people for the destruction and expulsion that it caused our people. We also demand that it recognize the State of Palestine, in accordance with the recommendation of the British House of Commons from 2014…
I told His Honor President [Hollande] that we stand by France and support the French and international efforts to fight terror and violence, which we condemn – whatever their form and source. This is because terror has no religion, and contradicts all religious, spiritual, and human values."

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Abbas to French Senate: Britain must apologize for the Balfour Declaration, accepts Israel's right to exist 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the French Senate on Feb. 8, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Yesterday [Feb. 7, 2017] the British government announced that it invited Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to attend the ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917. This is a matter that surprises us and which we condemn. We demand that the British government apologize to the Palestinian people for the destruction and expulsion that were carried out against our people... The government of Britain did not have a connection to the Middle East and Palestine in 1917. It said ‘we will give Palestine to the Jews as a national homeland.’ Now it [Britain] comes and holds a ceremony in honor of this. We say that such a decision gives to one who has no right, from one who is not the owner. However, the State of Israel exists. We cannot deny this, it exists! It does! However, the government of Britain, which sinned against our right and wrote in the Balfour Promise [interrupts himself] - it completely denied us in the Balfour Promise and did not mention us at all – it was expected that it would apologize, no less and no more."

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Abbas to French Parliament: “Not one person is against the Jewish religion,” just against those who “steal and occupy our land” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the French Senate on Feb. 8, 2017

Abbas speaks about the UNESCO resolution of Oct. 13, 2016, which denied the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and said that it was not about religion -Ed.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We emphasize that we are not against the Jewish religion. We honor the Jewish religion. We honor the Bible, Allah's prophet Moses, and all of the prophets. All of the prophets that Almighty Allah sent, including the prophets of Israel, we honor all of them. We are not against the Jewish religion. If one of us were to say that he is against the Jewish religion, he would have committed heresy, he is a heretic, it is impossible. Not one person is against the Jewish religion. We consider what was done to the Jews due to the Holocaust as the most heinous human tragedy, especially [in light of the fact] that we have Jewish Palestinian citizens who are a fundamental part of our Palestinian people, the Samaritan Jews (Sic., Samaritans practice Samaritanism –Ed. See note below) in Palestine, Samaritan Jews who live among them. Nobody can discriminate against them, they live their lives like every Palestinian, enjoy their full rights as the Christian Palestinian and the Muslim Palestinian do. Perhaps you do not know of them. They are a minority called the Samaritan Jews who live in Palestine with us, on the land of Palestine. They have the same rights and the same obligations, no one differentiates them from anything. [They are] members of the [PA] Parliament, the [PA] government, members of everything. Therefore, we repeat that we are not against Judaism, but rather against the ones who occupy us and steal our land."

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Abbas claims to Israeli delegation that he wants “peace through negotiations,” in contrast to messages to Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 is a clear message that settlement will not lead to peace”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Paris peace conference (i.e., part of the French Peace Initiative) that will be held this month [January 2017] constitutes an international opportunity for a solution of the Palestinian issue by determining an international mechanism and a timetable for implementation. This was said during his meeting last evening [Jan. 5, 2017] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah with an Israeli delegation that included hundreds of academics, writers, and political activists who support peace and who signed a petition that supports holding the Paris peace conference…

The president said: ‘We want to achieve peace through negotiations, and we oppose any other path and will not allow turning to it. We always declare that we are against terror, extremism, and violence everywhere in the world.’ The president noted that the arrival of the Israeli delegation despite all of the obstacles that were placed in its path by several parties emphasizes that there is a majority within the Israeli people that wants peace and is striving for it, and we extend our hands to peace and to an end of the occupation…

He added: ‘We do not want to go to the UN or to the Security Council, but some have placed obstacles to peace, and therefore we went and we will also go to the peace conference in Paris in order to bring about peace.’ The president expressed appreciation for the initiative of the Israeli delegation to support the Paris conference, and referred to the significance of the support for it within Israeli society, as well as from the international community, so that it will succeed and peace will be saved.

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Abbas condemns terror attacks in Istanbul 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Istanbul”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place early yesterday morning [Jan. 1, 2016] in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, which left dozens of dead and wounded (39 killed, see note below –Ed.).
The president expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the government of Turkey, and to the Turkish people over the victims of the attack. He again condemned the terror attacks and expressed his complete opposition to them. The president emphasized Palestine’s solidarity with Turkey and with the Turkish people against terror, and the need to mobilize regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it.”

A shooting attack in which 39 were killed took place at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, Jan. 1, 2017. The terrorist, who was not identified, managed to flee the scene. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns assasination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey and states his rejection of all forms of terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president emphasized the need to consolidate all of the efforts to uproot terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 22, 2016] received Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov at his (i.e., Abbas') residence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The president again emphasized his condemnation of the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov (i.e., he was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2016, by an off-duty Turkish policeman shouting "Do not forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar"), and decried this barbaric act that all of the religions and religious laws renounce, and which contradicts all the international and humanitarian values and laws.
Likewise, the president again emphasized his absolute rejection of violence and terror in all their forms, and that the efforts against them must be consolidated and the steps necessary to uproot them must be taken."
Abbas condemns Berlin truck ramming terror attack, expresses “complete opposition to violence and all types of terror”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to the president and chancellor of Germany over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram to German President Joachim Gauck and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he expressed condolences over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident that took place in a market in Berlin and claimed dozens of civilian victims and wounded (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). The president emphasized… his condemnation of this despicable crime and his complete opposition to violence and all types of terror. He emphasized that it is necessary to consolidate all of the efforts to fight it (i.e., terror), and to take the necessary steps to prevent a continuation of the violence, aggression, and terror… His Honor emphasized his complete solidarity with Germany against this dark terror.”
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Abbas condemns terror attacks in Egypt and Turkey 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president: Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent his Egyptian counterpart, [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a telegram of condolences over the victims of the criminal terrorist bombing of the Coptic cathedral in Cairo (sic., St. Peter's Church was bombed on Dec. 11, 2016, and 25 were killed. The church is not Coptic; it is located next to the Coptic Christian St. Mark's Cathedral) that claimed dozens of victims and injured from among the brothers, members of the Egyptian people…
He emphasized that he is certain that Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror… The president expressed his condemnation and absolute opposition to this abominable crime, which stands in opposition to the values of our monotheistic religion, tradition, conventions, and the ethical values of our peoples, and to all humanitarian laws…
President Abbas called his Turkish counterpart, [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last night [Dec. 11, 2016] and expressed condolences over the victims of the two terrorist bombings that took place Saturday evening [Dec. 10, 2016] in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, that claimed dozens of dead and injured (38 were killed in the bombings –Ed.).
During the telephone conversation, the president again absolutely condemned the terrorist activities. He emphasized the solidarity of Palestine with Turkey and with the Turkish people against the terror, and the need to enlist regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it."
Contrary to message in Arabic to Palestinians, Abbas states to Russian PM that the PA wants the two-state solution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President: Our recognition of Israel cannot be for free, and it must implement the agreements that have been signed”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that ‘Our recognition of the State of Israel cannot be for free, for at the same time there needs to be Israeli recognition of the State of Palestine.’ The president yesterday [Nov. 11, 2016], during a press conference with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Jericho, expressed his confidence that Russia will have an active and supporting role in every political process in our region…
The president said that [US President-elect Donald] Trump’s victory in the presidency is ‘an American issue.’ Likewise, he said: ‘We have followed the election process for over a year. What interests us is what Trump will say after he reaches the White House. What we demand of him is that the US will accept the solution of two states living side by side in security and stability, and that it will act to implement it.’”
Abbas spokesman on Trump election: "We will work with any president the American people elect"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that: ‘We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace in the Middle East, which is based on the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem the capital of the State of Palestine.’
Abu Rudeina added in a statement today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], that the American administration understands that achieving stability and peace in the region will come through a fair solution to the Palestinian issue according to [the resolutions of] the international bodies, which will lead to the elimination of the chaos and extremism in the world.”
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Published in WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016; and on official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016 and PNN, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Abbas "congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas congratulated American President [Elect Donald] Trump and hopes that peace will be achieved during his tenure”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election, and expressed hope that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure.”
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Abbas to foreign press: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish history on Temple Mount was “not about politics and religion”, Jerusalem is holy to all faiths  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "During a press conference with his Italian counterpart in Bethlehem – the [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the occupation"

"During an interview with the Italian newspaper La Republica two days ago [Oct. 31, 2016]… [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized: 'The UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution talks about history and culture, and not about politics or religion. I wish to again repeat our position that Jerusalem is holy to the three religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. When we say that East Jerusalem must be open to all religions, where is the problem? The UNESCO resolution talks only about the archaeological sites.'"

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aq?a Mosque/Al-?aram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt,
Abbas: “Peace is our strategic goal,” Jerusalem should "be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the Israeli occupation”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that peace is our strategic goal, that it is an interest of all of us, and that the key to peace is to end the Israeli occupation and to put an end to the historical injustice caused to our people, so that the two states – Palestine and Israel – will live in security, stability, peace, and good neighborliness.
During a press conference that he held in Bethlehem with his Italian counterpart President Sergio Mattarella, His Honor (i.e., Abbas) expressed his constant willingness to make peace with Israel and to implement the two-state solution according to the resolutions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. He expressed support for the international peace conference that France is working to convene at the end of this year [2016].
Likewise, he clarified that the role of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its resolutions is to protect the global human heritage, and as part of this to prevent harm to it and to condemn the Israeli violations that are meant to change the nature and identity of East Jerusalem. He noted that the latest Israeli attacks, which attempted to mix religion and heritage, are incorrect and inappropriate.
President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the honor he has for Judaism, and the permanent call that Jerusalem be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions.
His Honor expressed support for every regional and international effort to struggle with and uproot the roots of terror, extremism, and violence, which are deserving of condemnation regardless of their source and nature.”

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Abbas condemns the Holocaust at UN General Assembly as "one of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “At this opportunity, we condemn the Holocaust that harmed the Jews in Europe during World War II, and we view it as one of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind.”
Abbas demands apology from Britain for the “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “most terrible crime” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “One hundred years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), according to which the British, Great Britain, unjustly gave the land of Palestine to another people. Thus they laid the foundation for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people and the loss of its land and its expulsion from it. They were not satisfied with this, but rather the British Mandate translated the promise into actions and policy that helped carry out the most terrible crime against a people that lived in security on its land, did not attack anyone, and did not participate in any war against anyone. Therefore we call upon Britain, on the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise and ominous deal, to draw the conclusions and learn a lesson, and accept on itself the historic, legal, political, material, and ideological responsibility for the consequences of this promise, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the Nakba, the tragedies, and the oppression that have afflicted it, and the correction of this historical tragedy and dealing with its consequences, at the very least by recognition of the Palestinian state. This is what is required of Britain after what it did to the Palestinian people.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Abbas declares national Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Palestine initiates: The president lays the cornerstone for the advancement of freedom of the press in the Arab world – Mahmoud Abbas decides that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a declaration yesterday [Aug. 2, 2016] to strengthen the freedom of the press in the Arab world, and decided that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine.
This was during the president’s meeting with a delegation from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The delegation included Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation Jeremy Dear…
The president’s signature on the declaration constituted a historical event on the Palestinian level and on the Arab level, and it laid the foundation on which the Arabs will continue to build… Echoes of this signature, initiated by President Abbas – the first Arab president to do so – will spread to Arab states and the [entire] world, and its fruits will be reaped by Arab journalists, who have been calling for the guarantee of freedom of opinion and speech for a long time.
The deputy secretary-general of the IFJ emphasized that President Abbas’ signature on the declaration to strengthen the freedom of the press, when [Palestine] is the first state to do this, is a historical day for freedom of the press in Palestine and the Arab world.”
Abbas strongly condemns truck ramming terror attack in Nice  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror incident, and declares that Palestine stands by the side of the French people and identifies with it”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror event (i.e., truck ramming, 84 murdered) that took place two nights ago [July 14, 2016] in the city of Nice. The president informed [him] that the Palestinian people, the Palestinian leadership, and the Palestinian government stand by the side of the French people and the families of the victims, and identify with them. The president condemned this cowardly act in the strongest terms.”
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Bastille Day attack 2016 – a truck ramming attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility, in which 84 people were murdered and about 300 wounded in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, committed the attack, plowing a 19-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds and opening fire before being shot and killed. Some guns as well as fake weapons and grenades were found in the truck.
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2016
Headline: “Three suicide attacks shook the [Saudi] kingdom, one of them next to the Prophet’s Mosque – [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] condemns the terror operations in Saudi [Arabia] and expresses condolences to King [Salman bin Abdulaziz]”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attacks that took place in the Saudi Arabian Kingdom yesterday evening [July 4, 2016] next to the Prophet’s Mosque [in Medina], which claimed [the lives] of several innocent victims.
The president expressed condolences to King Salman bin Abdulaziz. In a telegram of condolences that he sent to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, he said that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand by the Saudi Arabian Kingdom, guarding its security, stability, and prosperity.”
PA daily op-ed: Abbas water-poisoning libel was a "minor mixup" that "does not negate the barbaric and bloody religious rulings of the 'Jewish ISIS rabbis" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2016
Headline: “[Journalist] Smadar [Perry] spits out her venom”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a columnist for the official PA daily, in his regular column
     “In accordance with the racist colonialist mentality that refuses to hear the Palestinian voice that speaks truth and adheres to peace, [Israeli] journalist Smadar Perry published an article last Monday [June 26, 2016] in the [Israeli] daily Yedioth Aharonoth, in which she spat out her racist venom and ugliness, and repeated in different words the stance of [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu. This [occurred] when she tried to fish in the murky waters regarding the minor mix-up that appeared in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech (i.e., to the European Union, on June 23, 2016) regarding the religious ruling of one of the rabbis regarding the ‘poisoning of Palestinian drinking water,’ a mix-up that does not negate the barbaric and bloody religious rulings of the ‘Jewish ISIS’ rabbis.’ [It seems that] the colonialist Smadar forgot the religious rulings that call publicly, before the entire world, for the killing of non-Jews, the poisoning of the lives of Palestinians, and their expulsion from their homes or the theft of them (i.e., their homes), without the matter causing even one Israeli to bat an eyelash.”
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Abbas repeats libel: Israeli rabbis demanded government poison water to kill the Palestinians  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 23, 2016
 

Official PA TV, special broadcast, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the EU Parliament

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “There is an issue that the Israelis are bringing up, and that is the issue of incitement. Despite the fact that the Israeli incitement does not stop, and the actions of the occupation (i.e., Israel) and the settlers do not stop… Just a week ago, some rabbis rose up in Israel and explicitly announced and demanded of their government that it poison the water in order to kill the Palestinians. Is this not clear incitement? Is this not clear incitement, whose goal is to carry out a mass murder of Palestinians? We are against incitement!”
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The libel that rabbis called to poison the Palestinians’ water, which had been voiced by the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PLO in the days prior to Abbas’ speech, did not appear in the written version of Abbas’ speech, which was publicized in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2016. Apparently Abbas decided to add it in at the last moment.
Abbas doesn't condemn killing Israelis; instead, expresses "opposition to any operation that harms civilians" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 9, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] presidential office condemned the violence against civilians, regardless of its source"
     "The presidential office said that 'it has emphasized again and again its opposition to any operation that harms civilians by anybody, regardless of the justifications.'
The presidential office added in a statement: 'The achievement of a just peace and the creation of a positive atmosphere are what will contribute to the cancellation and reduction of reasons for tension and violence in the region.' It concluded by saying: 'Achieving peace requires everyone stop carrying out operations that are likely to increase the tension and resorting to violence.'"
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Muhammad Ahmad Musa Makhamreh and Khaled Muhammad Musa Makhamreh - 21-year-old Palestinian terrorists and also cousins, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016, murdering 4 Israelis and injuring 16. The terrorists ordered desert in the Max Brenner restaurant in the Sarona Market, before they began shooting at people. Muhammad Makhamreh and Khaled Makhamreh were both apprehended by the Israeli police, one of them shot and wounded before being caught and brought for treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Abbas condemns terror attack in Jordan as "terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2016
Headline: "The president consoled the king of Jordan over the victims, and Palestine condemned the terror attack in the Al-Baq'a refugee camp"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas called King of Jordan Abdullah II last night [June 6, 2016] and consoled him over the victims of the terror attack that took place yesterday morning in the Palestinian Al-Baq'a refugee camp and took the lives of five members of the Jordanian General Intelligence [Service] (attack on security force headquarters at Al-Baq'a refugee camp in Jordan, 3 intelligence officers and 2 civil employees murdered -Ed.). The president condemned this terror event, which desecrated the sanctity of the blessed month of Ramadan and the sanctity of the Jordanian security. He emphasized our great solidarity with the Jordanian people, its government, and its king against all acts of terror, and that our people and leadership stand alongside Jordan, and his wish that the kingdom continue along the path of security, stability, and prosperity."
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Abbas’ speech in Turkey: The Palestinian Nakba began “in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 24, 2016
This speech was actually given by PA Foreign Minister Ryad Al-Malki in the name of Abbas. However this is not mentioned in the WAFA article or in the next day’s Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. A last minute change might have caused a change in speakers.

Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Despite the occupation and a lack of resources, we are doing what is required of us in everything connected to international humanitarian aid”

Excerpt of speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the First International Summit on Humanitarian Activity on May 24, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey

“Ensuring the existence of international collective political will to implement the decisions of international institutions – which call to find a comprehensive and just political solution to the Palestinian issue –is the first and basic stage on the way to ending all aspects of the Palestinian people’s tragedy.

As a result of it, the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) was caused, which started to be carried out in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day.

Ladies and gentlemen, approximately 6 million of our people are still refugees and uprooted, living in their places of refuge in neighboring states and within Palestine.'

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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
Abbas to Romanian delegation: We "are not against the Jewish religion," "our hands are extended toward peace," and "we are against all forms of terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The president: Israel's agreement to the two-state solution will be the beginning of the political solution"
       "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a Romanian media delegation yesterday [April 5, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… The president again emphasized his demand to reestablish the three-way committee to monitor incitement that would include the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in addition to the American side, and which was established 15 years ago. He said: 'We have no opposition to the establishment of a committee to monitor the incitement of the two sides, and the moment the Israeli side agrees to this committee, we are ready to participate in it.' … Likewise, he stressed that the Palestinians are against the Israeli occupation, and not against the Jewish religion, which is one of the monotheistic religions that Islam obligates us as Muslims to recognize, and to believe in its messengers. The president again emphasized that our hands are extended toward peace and we are striving to achieve it, and we are against all forms of terror and extremism, whatever their source. In addition, he noted that a fair solution to the Palestinian issue will contribute to the ending of terror and extremism, and steal away the extremists' excuse."
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 expresses “condolences” over murder of American tourist in Tel Aviv terror attack, occupation responsible for terror attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2016
Headline: "The President [Abbas] to Biden: The occupation and settlements are the reason for the violence and spilling of blood"
     "The president expressed his condolences to the American vice president over the death of the American citizen (i.e., Taylor Force, killed by a Palestinian terrorist) who was killed two days ago [March 8, 2016], and at the same time emphasized that the occupation authorities have killed 200 Palestinians in the last five months. Likewise, he emphasized the necessity to fight against all forms of terror and that victory over ISIS and terror necessitates the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. The American vice president said that the American administration is committed to the principle of two states, and that it must be maintained. He emphasized the administration's permanent standpoint regarding the settlements."

Bashar Masalha – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, murdering Taylor Force, an American tourist, and injuring 11, in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on March 8, 2016. Masalha was shot and killed by Israeli police.

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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."
Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2016
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing attacks in which dozens of Israelis have been murdered and wounded.
Official PA TV live broadcast from the Armenian Theophany (anniversary of Jesus Christ's baptism) celebrations in Bethlehem, where PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood, the blood of any human being. Their sex, race, or religion make no difference to us. A human being is a human being… We are all human beings, and therefore we make every effort to prevent the spilling of a drop of anyone's blood. Therefore we say to our brothers and people: We are in a state of despair, and we know that the doors are shut before us, and that the Israeli leadership is trying to shut all doors, but our resistance will remain peaceful, and we will never ask to do anything different. On the contrary, every day we have 3 or 4 Martyrs (Shahids), without any reason or justification.”

Morad Adais – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in front of her children in her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, on Jan. 17. 2016. Adais was apprehended and arrested after two days by Israeli security forces.
Abbas to Greek President: Israel is responsible for terror, which caused European refugee crisis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2015
Headline: “The president during his meeting with his Greek colleague: The end of the occupation will put an end to all the terror problems”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Israeli occupation must be put to an end. He stated: ‘The end of the occupation will put an end to all the problems connected to it, such as terror. The end of terror will lead to the finding of solutions for the problems caused by it, such as the problem of emigration, which is no longer confined to the Middle East, but has spread to Europe and [become] an international aspect.’ President Abbas met with his Greek colleague [President] Prokipis Pavlopoulos, and with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.”
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: Israel is targeting Palestinian children and youth, and attacking “Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2015
Headline: “The president, on International Human Rights Day: The occupation primarily targets our children and young people”
    “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas stated that our people are under a new attack by the occupation and its settlers, as part of their ongoing aggression against its rights, lands and Islamic and Christian holy sites, which targets mainly children and young people, bearers of the dream and the future generation.
The president added in a speech he gave on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, which is today [Dec. 10, 2015]: “…During the aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, 2,200 Palestinians died as Martyrs (Shahids), including 500 children. From the beginning of Oct. 2015 until now, 117 Palestinians have died as Martyrs, including 25 children. This is in addition to the arrest and torture campaigns against our people, including our children, as from the beginning of 2000 until now, more than 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested.”
Abbas tells International Federation of Journalists that he supports freedom of media, opinion and expression 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2015
Headline: “The president: ‘Free media is a basic need of our people’”
      “Yesterday [Nov. 24, 2015] evening, in the presidential compound, President Mahmoud Abbas received a committee from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), led by the federation’s president, Jim Boumelha, to investigate Israeli crimes against Palestinian media. The president [Abbas] emphasized his absolute support of freedom of the media, and freedom of opinion and expression, such that Palestine will be a role model in this area. He noted that free media is a basic need of our people, in order to convey the suffering it experiences due to the occupation. Likewise, he, the president [Abbas], stressed the importance of the investigation committee’s work in exposing the occupation’s acts against the media, who work to convey the truth to the world.”
Abbas says Palestinian terror wave that has killed Israelis is “peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are its victims”
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are victims of this terror, and we are against all types of violence and terror.’
He added: ‘We are not interested in seeing the spilling of anyone’s blood, whatever his ethnic origin, religion, or gender…”
He continued: ‘These days the entire world is experiencing violence and terror, which is invading many of the world’s countries, the most recent the attack that took place in Paris, the capital of France.’... Likewise, he clarified that the [popular Palestinian] uprising has been caused by the occupation, oppression, injustice, and aggression against our people by the army and its settlers and that no one called for this uprising, but rather, it came from the hearts of these youth who saw with their [own] eyes the injustice and attacks of the herds of settlers.
He continued: ‘We told everyone that we are interested in peaceful uprising and that is what it is. However, the Israeli army shot people, and we suffer greatly and say to the world: ‘We support peace. We first of all want them to leave the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the herds [of settlers] will stay away from us.”

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Abbas strongly condemns Paris and Beirut terror, but silent about wave of terror in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015
As shown in this PA daily article, PA President Abbas issued strong condemnations of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere that killed hundreds. However, Abbas has been completely silent about the wave of Palestinian terror attacks that have killed 21 Israelis (as of Nov. 24, 2015) since the beginning of October 2015.

Headline: "The President [Abbas] condemns terror operations in Paris and expresses condolences to [President of France] Hollande”
     “The Presidential Office made a statement that ‘President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemns the terror operations that took place in Paris,’ and that he ‘expressed solidarity and sympathy with the French government and people against terror.’… The president sent a condolence telegram to his French colleague [President] François Hollande for the victims of the terror attacks. In the telegram… he expressed ‘our absolute condemnation and disapproval of these heinous acts that are in contradiction to every human value, convention and law.' He emphasized ‘our sincere sympathy and solidarity, our support for President Hollande and the families of the victims in the face of the dark terror.’…  ‘We cannot approve of these incidents, and we strongly condemn them. We hope that the region will dispose of terror and terrorists, and that all the peoples of the world and all countries will work together to combat terror everywhere, because it has no religion, homeland or affiliation. Therefore, we condemn all forms of terror, and always stand against it.'”
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Abbas speech at UN Human Rights Council, October 2015‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 28, 2015
Excerpt from Abbas' speech to the UN Human Rights Council, October 2015:
     “Haven't you wondered; for how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land ‎last? For how long will our people remain dispossessed of the full and undiminished ‎enjoyment of their rights as protected by international legitimacy, most notably their ‎fundamental right to life and self-determination, and their right to build their ‎independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital as and to live as ‎human beings in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and ‎treaties. Is that too much to ask?”‎

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Abbas to Indian president: “Our hands are outstretched for peace” and current unrest is result of “Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
In this article about Abbas’ meeting with the President of India, Abbas claims that the Palestinian terror surge that began in October 2015 was caused by Israel’s “acts of aggression against the Palestinian people.” This is not the first time Abbas has denied responsibility for the terror wave. Despite almost daily attacks against Israelis, including stabbings, shootings, and run-over attacks, Abbas stated in October that "the Palestinian side... did not do anything against the Israelis." [Official PA TV, Oct. 6, 2015 and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015]

Headline: “President [Abbas]: ‘India can do a lot for the peace’”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas said... at a dinner held yesterday [Oct. 13, 2015] in honor of Palestine’s guest, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, that India is an important power in the international arena and can do a lot for peace in this land [Palestine] and in our region, as it plays an exceptional regional and international role.
The president stated: ‘I briefed his honor on the recent developments and events in our country, and the violence and unrest it is experiencing, which we never wished for, and that are a result of the Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression against our people, young men and women, children, property and holy sites, especially in East Jerusalem, the capital of our Palestinian state.’  He added: “We emphasized to his honor that our hands are outstretched for peace with our neighbors, peace that will be achieved by ending the occupation of our country, in accordance with UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative, and implementation of the agreements signed by the two sides, and this is what we strive to achieve in peaceful and legal ways.’”
Abbas at UN: Israel has "plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"  
Source: UN's website, Sept. 30, 2015
Opening of Abbas' speech at the UN on Sept. 30, 2015:
PA Chairman Abbas: "I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights.
This is the scheme that the Israeli government is pursuing, in direct violation of the status quo since before 1967 and thereafter. By doing so, the occupying power is committing a grave mistake, because we will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme, which is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere. I call on the Israeli government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory."
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Abbas in speech in Moscow condemns "systematic aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque", claims the Mosque "belongs to Muslims only" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 23, 2015
Headline: "The president [Abbas] called to provide protection to the holy places of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem at the inauguration of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque"
     "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to provide protection to the holy places of Christianity and Islam in Jerusalem and ensure the freedom of religion, as it existed before the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
His honor stated during his speech today, Wednesday, [Sept. 23, 2015], at the inauguration of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the presence of President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoan, together with Arab and Islamic delegations and international personalities: 'The systematic aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary, in occupied East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, cannot serve peace, coexistence and tolerance between the religions and nations. It provides an additional excuse for extremists around the world who use religions in their terror and their aggression against humanity.'
His honor emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims only, and it is the right of every Muslim in the world to visit it and hold religious ceremonies in its plaza. In addition, he expressed his strong opposition to any measure taken by the occupation, aimed at limiting Muslims' access to it and preventing them from holding their ceremonies freely inside it."
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Abbas receives medal of honor from mayor of Paris and gives speech that PA is working for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2015
Headline: "The president [Abbas]: 'Peace can be achieved if they [Israel] will renounce the mentality of expansion and the arrogance of power'"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas stated yesterday in Paris: 'Our hands are extended in peace, and peace is what we seek. We are working for it, not only for ourselves, but also for our Israeli neighbors and all the peoples and countries in the region.' He added: 'Peace is obtainable if there is a will and genuine intentions, and if they [Israel] will renounce the mentality of expansion, the arrogance of power, and religious jealousy.' These statements were made during the speech he gave when he received the highest decoration from the city of Paris in a reception held in his honor by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo… The mayor said that this medal is a tribute to the activities of President Abbas for peace and the strengthening of friendly relations between Paris and Palestine… The president [Abbas] continued: 'We always call for our capital East Jerusalem to be open for worship to all believers of the three monotheist religions, on condition that each will honor the other.'"

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Caption: “The president while receiving the medal of Paris
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Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2015
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things difficult for its residents. Here I warn of all the plans to change the status quo of the last 67 years in Jerusalem, and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This constitutes a threat, as you know, to turn the political and national conflict between us and the Israelis into a religious conflict. This is something we do not want and we warn against it.”
Abbas: "All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly... We only want peace" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2014
Headline: “The president: Jerusalem the capital of Palestine will be open to all of the religions”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the midnight mass last night [Dec. 25, 2014] officiated over by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Jordan, and all the Holy Lands Fouad Twal…
The president said: ‘East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, must be open to all of the religions with absolute freedom, so that every person can observe their religion, traditions, and ceremonies with full freedom.
During his participation in the Christmas feast in the Franciscan monastery in Bethlehem last night he added: ‘We want peace with our neighbors; we want security with our neighbors; we want justice from our neighbors. All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012. All of the territories that were occupied in 1967 are the territories of the Palestinian state, whose capital is Jerusalem, and we will not agree to anything else.’
He added: ‘If they (i.e., Israel) agree, our hands are outstretched in peace and will remain outstretched in peace. We will not change our position. We will continue to call for peace, and our hands will remain outstretched in peace, as we have no other options. We do not want to turn to other options. All of the other options are not on our agenda, we only want peace.”
Abbas to Europeans: We want to “build bridges” with Israel; “we condemn all acts of violence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 24, 2013
     “During a press conference held by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President Abbas called on European companies and other foreign companies who operate in the settlements to stop working in them because they are violating International Law with this [work]… He noted that this call is not directed against the State of Israel and said: ‘We want to live beside it and build bridges for peace with it; this call is directed against settlements that were built on the State of Palestine’s lands, which has been occupied since 1967 and whose capital is East Jerusalem.’ [...]  We stress that we want it (Jerusalem) to be open to believers of the three monotheistic religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.’ […]
The President said: ‘Your honor [Van Rompuy] knows that we have fulfilled all our promises and commitments to our friends in the European Union, including, returning to negotiations the moment the State of Palestine’s status is upgraded in the UN, in order to attain real, just and lasting peace that will lead to the end of the occupation and allow our people to [effectuate] the right to live in freedom and dignity in its homeland and with sovereignty over its land.’ He added: ‘On the same matter, we are working with President Obama and with [US] Secretary of State John Kerry to bring about the negotiations’ success and attain the long-awaited peace…’ […]
During a joint press conference with the Belgian Prime Minister, President Abbas… asserted the [Palestinians’] sincere intentions to continue to keep on the negotiations’ schedule that was formulated by the American Secretary of State... The President added: ‘We condemn all acts of violence, especially those directed against civilians of either side.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas condemns attack on Jewish girl in meeting with Israeli MPs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2013
Unlike his statements when addressing a Palestinian/Arab audience, Abbas chose to condemn a terror attack on a young Israeli girl when he met with Israeli MPs:
     “During his meeting at the Presidential Residence in Ramallah yesterday [Oct. 7, 2013] with a delegation of [Israeli] MP’s from the Labor and [Tzipi Livni’s] Hatnua parties… The President [Mahmoud Abbas] noted, regarding the issue of incitement, that ‘this is an important existing issue, and in the past – more than ten years ago – we agreed to establish a American-Israeli-Palestinian tri-partite committee, and we now insist on its being convened, in order to investigate incitement by all sides.’
In response to a question about an attack on an Israeli girl (on Oct. 5, 2013, a Palestinian terrorist attacked a 9 year-old Jewish girl in the Israeli West Bank town of Psagot), the President said: ‘We wish that all such occurrences would disappear, for their aim is to delay peace, and we are opposed in principle to the spilling of any person’s blood, and this is even written in the Quran.’ He added that ‘settlement [activity] is illegal, from beginning to end, and therefore its continued existence and current escalation will have a negative effect on the progress of negotiations.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas claims PA is committed to peace and has fulfilled all signed treaties 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2013
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan:
     “Palestine has a spiritual and religious status and 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 their eyes…
In a few days, 46 years will have passed since the occupation of the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. After 20 years of negotiations, the Israeli government still misleads, procrastinates, and evades the demands of peace. Nevertheless, we still say that we want a comprehensive and just peace, and want to reach the two-state solution, [two states] which will reside peacefully side-by-side, in accordance with the legitimate international 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 done everything required of us….
I am sending a message from here to our Israeli neighbors – ending the occupation of our land, releasing our prisoners, withdrawing the settlers and settlements, and dismantling the racist separation fence are what will establish peace and ensure security for you and for us. There is still a chance to make this peace, so let us turn this peace into reality, so that our present and future generations can enjoy its fruits and live in its shade.”

Despite Abbas' claim here that Israel is "the land of the three monotheistic religions," a month prior to this speech an Abbas representative denied Judaism's connection to Jerusalem as "myths, claims, and false fables." To read more, click here.
Abbas condemns attack at Jewish school in France that killed 3 children and one teacher 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2012
Headline: "Four killed in attack on Jewish school in France; President [Abbas] condemns the attack and comforts families of the victims"
     "In a letter that President Mahmoud Abbas sent last night to his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy, he condemned the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, in southern France, taking the lives of four children. In his letter, the President emphasized his opposition to violent operations against civilians, and expressed condolences to the families of the victims. Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, said: 'We denounce most stridently all acts of terror, and especially the terror incident which took place today in Toulouse, in France, costing the lives of Jewish children.' He added, 'This is an act of terror by any yardstick, and we are always against terror against innocent civilians.' He emphasized that President Abbas has always condemned these acts of terror, which are against humanity, and added, 'We emphasize to the families of the victims and the French people that we condemn this incident in the strongest terms, and express our condolences to them and to their families.'"
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Abbas addresses UN General Assembly seeking recognition for Palestinian state 
Source: PMW, Sept. 23, 2011
"...Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We profoundly appreciate and value the positions of all States that have supported our struggle and our rights and recognized the State of Palestine following the Declaration of Independence in 1988, as well as the countries that have recently recognized the State of Palestine and those that have upgraded the level of Palestine’s representation in their capitals. I also salute the Secretary-General, who said a few days ago that the Palestinian State should have been established years ago.
Be assured that this support for our people is more valuable to them than you can imagine, for it makes them feel that someone is listening to their narrative and that their tragedy and the horrors of Al-Nakba and the occupation, from which they have so suffered, are not being ignored. And, it reinforces their hope that stems from the belief that justice is possible in this in this world. The loss of hope is the most ferocious enemy of peace and despair is the strongest ally of extremism.
I say: The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other peoples of the earth, free in a sovereign and independent homeland..."

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