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Abbas in rare statement: “We adhere to the culture of peace, despite the pressures to which we are subjected, such as the matter of Jerusalem and the matter of UNRWA funding”
Headline: “In joint press statements with the German foreign minister – the [PA] president: We rely on the role of Europe to reach a permanent and just peace in the region” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We rely on the German and French role, through the European Union, and together with the...”
Feb 1, 2018
Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018 PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the...”
Jan 28, 2018
Abbas favors peaceful path to reach agreement with Israel, says to PLO Council that he has no weapons, suggests sarcastically that those who favor war leave him alone and go do as they wish
Official PA TV, live broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the 28th meeting of the PLO Central Council PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We also always say that we adhere to negotiations as a way to reach a political arrangement with the Israelis. In other words, we do not want war. We will...”
Jan 14, 2018
Abbas emphasizes he seeks peace with Israel through continued conversation with Israelis, but PLO can make its own decisons
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We have an additional matter and it is important, and I think it needs to continue. I don't impose my decisions on the [PLO Central] Council..."
Jan 14, 2018
Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it”
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel..."
Dec 23, 2017
Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017 PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified...”
Dec 13, 2017
PA Police official: Israel and the PA cooperate in enforcing laws against drugs
Official PA TV program As It Is, on drugs, with PA Police War on Drugs Unit Deputy Commander Abd Allah Aliwi PA Police War on Drugs Unit Deputy Commander Abd Allah Aliwi: “Regarding people [ drug dealers] who hold Jerusalem identity cards (i.e., permanent residency) and Israeli identity cards, yes,...”
Sep 29, 2017
Man from Gaza hopes for all-encompassing peace: “Israelis have a right to live and Palestinians have a right to live”
Official PA TV program I Call You, on Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, hosting the father of prisoner Ammar Al-Daghmeh, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence; PMW was unable to verify the nature of Al-Daghmeh’s crimes Father of Ammar Al-Daghmeh: “I am full of hope that the moment will come when...”
Sep 11, 2017
Abbas to Israelis: "Our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave"
Abbas sent a message to Israelis demonstrating on May 27, 2017 for "Two states - One hope" at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv: "There isn't a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn't a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from..."
May 27, 2017
Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel
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..."
May 16, 2017
Abbas to Russian TV: option of peace is the only option for the future
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...
May 9, 2017
Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel"
[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,..."
Mar 16, 2017
Joint Israeli-Palestinian 2017 poll discusses differering views on peace, violence, identity
Full survey can be found here "These are the results of Palestinian-Israeli Pulse: A Joint Poll conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TSC), Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, with funding from the European Union..."
Feb 16, 2017
Olive tree planted in Abbas’ name in Israeli village to promote peace
Headline: "On behalf of the [PA] president – an olive tree was planted in the village of Neve Shalom" "A delegation from the PLO Committee for Contact [with Israeli Society], led by Fatah Central Committee member Rawhi Fattouh, planted an olive tree on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in the..."
Feb 9, 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
7th Fatah Conference calls: Fight Israels "terror" and the spreading of "a culture of tolerance and peace", Fatah - Hamas unity, and to become a full member state
Headline: “The Seventh Fatah Movement Conference emphasizes that it is important to complete the national building plan *The [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) must convene within three months *It is necessary to act against the rift [between Fatah and Hamas] and...”
Dec 5, 2016
PA official: "Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism... Religious tolerance is a human requirement"
Headline: “The Palestinian people believes in religious and political co-existence and upholds it in theory and in practice” “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa said: ‘… We, as a Palestinian people, believe in religious and...”
Dec 4, 2016
Official PA daily op-ed: Haifa is a city of “brotherhood and coexistence”, we will “tighten our relationship with our neighbors”
Headline: “Haifa is our Haifa, and the Carmel is our Carmel” Excerpt of an op-ed by Muhammad Ali Taha, an Israeli Arab writer “I did not need the confirmation of my grandson, the 15-year-old youth Ali Bin Luay, when he said to me as we watched the trees and homes of our dear city, beautiful and...”
Nov 28, 2016
Official PA daily reports on Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in puting out fires, acknowledges that Israel publically thanked Palestinians for helping
Headline: "Netanyahu calls the [PA] president and thanks him for the participation of the [PA] Civil Defense teams in putting out the fires - Israelis: We are talking in Hebrew mixed with Arabic and fighting [the fires] through a common language" "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call..."
Nov 27, 2016
PA Civil Defense official: Sending assistance to putting out fires in Israel is an “ethical act”
"Secretary-General of the Palestinian [PA] Civil Defense Yusuf Nassar... told [the official PA daily] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: 'The Palestinian assistance is an ethical act, and it is given in accordance with the global law of civil defense, according to which every country in the world that is dealing..."
Nov 26, 2016
Head of PA Civil Defense Forces: Sending fire-fighting teams to Israel to assist in extinguishing fires is "ethical act"
Headline: "Nassar: The Palestinian assistance in putting out the fires in Israel is an ethical act, and it is given in accordance with the global law of civil defense" "Secretary-General of the Palestinian [PA] Civil Defense Yusuf Nassar expected that the teams that the State of Palestine sent to..."
Nov 25, 2016
Head of PA Civil Defense: PA will assist putting out fires in Israel, as part of “humanitarian message”
Headline: "The State of Palestine provided assistance in putting out the fires that are raging in Israel" "Secretary-General of the [PA] Civil Defense Yusuf Nassar announced that the State of Palestine will provide assistance in putting out the fires that are raging in Israel (i.e., a wave of..."
Nov 25, 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
PLO official: "We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution"
Headline: “Erekat: We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution...” “Chief Palestinian negotiator [and Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee] Dr. Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian side hopes that the next American administration will implement...”
Nov 9, 2016