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Abbas to French Senate: Britain must apologize for the Balfour Declaration, accepts Israel's right to exist
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..."
Feb 8, 2017
Abbas claims to Israeli delegation that he wants “peace through negotiations,” in contrast to messages to Palestinians
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...”
Jan 6, 2017
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Istanbul
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...”
Jan 2, 2017
Abbas condemns assasination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey and states his rejection of all forms of terror
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..."
Dec 23, 2016
Abbas condemns Berlin truck ramming terror attack, expresses “complete opposition to violence and all types of terror”
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...”
Dec 21, 2016
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Egypt and Turkey
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..."
Dec 12, 2016
Contrary to message in Arabic to Palestinians, Abbas states to Russian PM that the PA wants the two-state solution
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...”
Nov 12, 2016
Abbas spokesman on Trump election: "We will work with any president the American people elect"
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...”
Nov 9, 2016
Abbas congratulates Trump, expresses hope "that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure"
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...”
Nov 9, 2016
Abbas to foreign press: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish history on Temple Mount was “not about politics and religion”, Jerusalem is holy to all faiths
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]..."
Nov 2, 2016
Abbas: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish connection to holy sites is meant to “prevent harm,” and to condemn “Israeli violations” against East Jerusalem’s “identity”
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...”
Nov 1, 2016
Abbas demands apology from Britain for the “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “most terrible crime”
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...”
Sep 22, 2016
Abbas condemns the Holocaust at UN General Assembly as "one of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind"
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...”
Sep 22, 2016
Abbas declares national Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine
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]...”
Aug 3, 2016
Abbas strongly condemns truck ramming terror attack in Nice
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...”
Jul 16, 2016
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia
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...”
Jul 5, 2016
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"
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]...”
Jun 30, 2016
Abbas repeats libel: Israeli rabbis demanded government poison water to kill the Palestinians
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...”
Jun 23, 2016
Abbas doesn't condemn killing Israelis; instead, expresses "opposition to any operation that harms civilians"
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..."
Jun 9, 2016
Abbas condemns terror attack in Jordan as "terror"
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..."
Jun 7, 2016
Abbas claims that “We are prepared to receive thousands of refugees from… Syria and the region, but the government of Israel continues to reject our request, ” but rejected 2013 Israeli offer allowing Syrian refugees into the PA
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...”
May 24, 2016
Abbas to German newspaper: I am against attacks, but we must pay terrorists; "We are not encouraging our youth to commit violence"
Originally published in English by Der Spiegel on April 18, 2016; published in Arabic in Donia Al-Watan on April 20, 2016 "With war waging in Syria and in Yemen as well as the perpetual threat of violence by the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), the myriad trouble spots in the Middle East..."
Apr 18, 2016
Abbas lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine”
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...
Apr 13, 2016
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"
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..."
Apr 6, 2016
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”
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...”
Mar 29, 2016