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Mahmoud Abbas
Speeches to the international community
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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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- On the peace process




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