Last quote by Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas quotes
This Embassy in place of pride for us and we hope all of the countries of the world will recognize the state of Palestine , because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process.
If this is the decision, to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, it will not help peace and we hope it doesn't happen.
Not only would it strip the United States of all its legitimacy to play a role in resolving the conflict, but it would reduce to nothing a two-state solution.
Going back on our recognition of Israel is one of them, but we hope that we won't get there and will be able to work with the next American administration.
The minute the Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities… the Palestinian leadership stands ready to resume permanent status negotiations.
We think and believe that the UN resolution lays a clear foundation for Israel and the entire world that they must start negotiations on the basis of such resolutions and they should not reject the international legitimacy that was clearly mentioned in the resolution.
Despite the Israeli occupation, our presence in our homeland and the preservation of our cultural and national heritage are the most important form of resistance in the face of the darkness of a foreign colonialist occupying power.
You today, in these historic times, are living the writing of modern history.
What we ask from him (Donald Trump) is that the United States continues to push for a two state solution. An Israeli state and a Palestinian state, living together in peace and stability.
Peres "exerted persistent efforts to reach a just peace from the Oslo agreement until the final moments of his life.
We confirm out support for the the French initiative, which will last until the end of the year with the international conference. We need to establish the basis for the negotiations, how they will be carried out, and how the time will be used.
The Palestinians must understand that there are no shortcuts. The only way to promote negotiations starts by them condemning terrorism and stopping the incitement, and ends with direct negotiations between the two sides.
They (Fatah) have no will to achieve an agreement. There is no intention.
All the nation and political parties are supporting the national uprising. But we support a peaceful national uprising. Anyone who wants to act against security forces, using explosives, weapons or creating cells in any place will be arrested, no matter where he is going. Security measures have been taken following my orders.
These days, the Israeli aggressive assault against our people, its land and its holy places is escalating – the racism is showing its ugly face and is making the occupation uglier.
It is a war crime and a crime against humanity. As long as the settlements continue and the occupation exists, then such crimes will remain and continue. We are preparing a file on this crime and other crimes to take them immediately to the International Criminal Court and no-one will stop us from doing so.
The plans and programmes of the Israeli governments failed to stop the Palestinian cause. They think the Palestinian people don't exist anymore because they think that the old people died, that the youth have forgotten and the only solution is to resettle the Palestinians in other places.
This is a rightist government which believes in settlement activity, rejects the two-state solution and still pushes through long-term political paralysis. This will rebound regionally, dangerous not only for the Palestinian question but for the general political atmosphere in the region.
They attack us and our land every day, to whom are we to complain? The Security Council has let us down; where are we to go?
We strongly condemn this incident and do not accept under any circumstances attacks on civilians. At the same time we condemn these actions we also condemn the attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque the holy places.
They delay the moving of one hundred thousand people back into their homes before the winter.
Israel has decided that this year will see a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people; in the same year in which this Assembly, on behalf of the people and countries of the world, conveyed the world's yearning and determination to realise a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their state of Palestine alongside Israel.
We will continue calls and meetings. And we will not leave our responsibilities. We will work hard to stop the aggression and to ensure our rights. And we will hold accountable all of those who committed crimes against our people, however long it takes, so that no crime goes without justice.
I hope next year, and every year after that, such a wedding will be held.
We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel before all the prisoners are released.
The international community must condemn and put an end to any actions on the ground that undermine negotiations.
The international community now stands before the last chance to save the two-state solution.
The Lebanese government deny the Palestinians their rights to work, to establish associations, to have free movements in and out of many camps in Lebanon. The Palestinians have no right to own a house out of the camps. This is the tragedy for the Palestinians.
This indicates the intransigence of the Israeli government, it's tyranny and arrogance, particularly against prisoners for freedom.
The core issue right now is how do we get sovereignty for the Palestinian people and how do we assure security for the Israeli people. That's not to say settlements aren't important; it is to say that if we solve those two problems the settlement problem will be solved.
We are here to say once again that we are ready to implement our commitments and decisions; and to respect the international agreements and resolutions meant to build the peace process; and to achieve a peaceful solution for our two states, Palestine and Israel.
If the prisoners were not still being held, there would not be demonstrations. If the masses of settlers stop going to villages to burn crops and kill people then nobody would attack them.
We are going to celebrate the revolution that started to bring about the victory. This final victory will certainly come, and, God willing, we'll meet very soon in Gaza, glorious Gaza.
The E1 settlement announced by Israel is a red line. I tell you, a red line. Not because it divides the West Bank, and this is correct, but just because it's settlement activity. So we say this should not happen, and if it will happen we will take legitimate steps and by law, stop Israel from doing this.
We must be aware that your victory has provoked the forces of war, colonisation and occupation.
We are not here to take away the legitimacy of a state, which has existed for decades – that is Israel. We are here to ask for legitimacy for a state which has to born the soon as possible – and that is Palestine. We are asking the world one direct question today – are we considered an extra people which has no place in the region?
We are going to upgrade the status of Palestine to an observer state at the United Nations. This is the first step towards attaining our Palestinian rights – cemented in our national councils since 1994.
These difficult days will make us work harder towards reconciliation, and to unite in the face of the enemy.
The events of the past year have confirmed the correctness of what we never stop highlighting and trying to warn about: the catastrophic consequences of the racist colonization of our country.
Today the first convoy wil leave from here, from the West Bank, from Palestinian soil towards Syria. Soon we'll have more trucks from the West Bank and Palestinian land.
We, my brothers, believe in peace and are working to implement peace.
Palestine's membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation represents a lot, politically and morally, since we have asked the Security Council to let Palestine be a member of the United Nations, and this request still stands. At the same time, we wanted to be in UNESCO, which is a very important organisation, as it has close relations with people all over the world.
The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other people of the earth, free in a sovereign independent homeland.
I would not be divulging a secret if I was to say that there is an agreement between us and the Israeli government that there will be another wave of releases similar to this one. And we ask them to honour this agreement, if they honour agreements.
We reaffirm the peaceful aspect of our initiative because we reject violence and terror in all its aspects, especially state terrorism as well as the terror perpetrated by armed settlers. We will abort their wishes: we won't fall into the trap of extremism.
Those who are pro-peace must support our endeavour…must stand tall and support the admission of the state of Palestine in the UN…there's no excuse for not doing so.
We discussed all issues including the negotiations, the United Nations, and the Arab spring, the Palestinian reconciliation. And we agreed on all these topics.
We will ask the states of the United Nations to recognise our state. In doing this, we do not aim to isolate Israel or deprive it of legitimacy. Work on these negotiations is not unilateral, but the continued construction of settlements is a unilateral action by the Israeli government.
Four black years have affected the interests of the Palestinians. Now we meet to assert a unified will, to turn the black page of division, forever.
Hamas are a part of the Palestinian people. I cannot exclude them, they are a part. Love them or loathe them they are a part of our people. Please Mr Netanyahu, you have to choose between settlement activity and peace.
They presented something as a Palestinian document when, in fact, it was an Israeli one. We have nothing to hide and every Arab country without exception knows this.
We won't have any quick reactions, we won't say 'yes' or 'no', we want' or 'don't want'. We need to study all the results and consequences.
There is only one choice for Israel: either peace or settlements. If it's peace, then it is through talks. If Israel doesn't choose this, it will be a waste of time, a waste of opportunities.
Our demands for the cessation of settlement activities, the lifting of the blockade of Gaza and putting an end to illegal Israeli policies and practices do not constitute preconditions that are alien to the peace process, rather they are consistent with the implementation of obligations and commitments that have been agreed and reaffirmed by all resolutions adopted since the very start of the political process.
We know that time is of the essence and we know that we must not miss this opportunity. We afirm the importance of bringing peace and security to the region.
We signed the Egyptian proposal for unity. Hamas have agreed to the document too, but haven't signed it yet. We're calling on Hamas to sign, so we can move on.
We are not happy with this split, but we do not deny the rights of others.
We will continue our work and negotiations based on international legitimacy.
Thanks to God, our sixth Fatah Congress ended a dazzling success. Our unity is now stronger, our determination consolidated and we have greater trust in the future. It's a new start towards freedom and independence.
They have to admit unequivocally that the Palestine Liberation Organisation is the only legal representative of the Palestinian people, and with that we can have dialogue.
We have made direct and indirect contact with the Hamas leaders to renew the truce with Israel, but they have refused. It has cost the lives of hundreds of Palestinians. If they had accepted we would have avoided these attacks.
We are very much interested in stopping the aggression and restoring calm.
The passing of our great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, the lover of Palestine, the pioneer of the modern Palestinian cultural project and the brilliant national leader will leave a great gap in our political, cultural and national lives.
Words cannot describe the depths of sadness in our hearts.
You are as big a friend to us as you are for Israel, and this allows you to help us both complete the peace process in the next few months.
I don't know what progress Olmert is talking about.
Regarding negotiations, you know that we are negotiating but there are obstacles, the most prominent obstacle is the issue of settlement activity which we will stand against and will continue to oppose at every opportunity. We can not understand why this ongoing settlement activity is continuing at a time when we are talking about final status negotiations.
It's time now to call all the good will and to make peace a fact in the Holy Land.
We have noted the Secretary of State's commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state but that the transitional solution of temporary borders was not a realistic choice that could be built upon.
Anyone who says this is an independent force is going against the law and constitution.
What sense of justice, what international convention gives Israel the right to kill women, children, the elderly and emergency services workers?
We discussed preparations for a forthcoming meeting. We need them to be thorough for the meeting to succeed. We're going to start preparations next week.
He will form the government and we hope he will change his policy from unilateral steps to negotiating steps.
This is the beginning of a new era, and I hope one in which we will start peace negotiations.
Let's not forget that these Synagogues had been left there in a way that would not allow them to continue.
We will reach President Bush's vision of establishing a Palestinian State side by side with Israel, living in peace and stability.
Don't listen to the voices of the extremists that want a continuation of the occupation. You are looking for stability for your sons and grandsons. I hope [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon understands that it's not only Gaza – the West Bank is also still occupied.
Time is becoming our greatest enemy. We should end this conflict before it's too late.
I think that what we have to do, if we believe in peace, if we believe that we have to put an end to terrorism and violence is just to talk to each other and not to talk against each other, or to boycott each other. The decision of Mr Sharon was not the right decision.