“We have to prevent them [Jews], in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulcher]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Israel National News, 9 January 2018.
“We shall make important decisions during 2018, including regarding legal venues, in order to hold Israel accountable for its grave and systematic violation of international law, and to revisit agreements signed with Israel.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Xinhua, 1 January 2018.
“We hope that this vote serves as a reminder for the international community that the Israeli government, with the full support of the US administration, is not interested in a just and lasting peace. Rather its main goal is the consolidation of an Apartheid regime in all of historic Palestine.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Wafa, 1 January 2018.
“Israeli efforts to kill the chances of peace will be met with more determination and steadfastness. No people in the world has accepted to live as slaves and the Palestinian people is not going to be the first one to do so.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Wafa, 1 January 2018.
“The plot against Jerusalem will not succeed and we will never allow anyone to violate our national rights and principles.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Israel National News, 1 January 2018.
“There will be no solution except for one based on international resolutions, headed by the UN General Assembly Resolution 19/67, approved on November 29, 2012, UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016, resolutions of the National Councils and the Arab Peace Initiative, all of which confirm the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders whose capital is east Al-Quds.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Israel National News, 1 January 2018.
“The implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative depends on Israel ending the occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands, a just and agreed solution to the Palestinian refugee problem in accordance with Resolution 194, and first and foremost the achievement of freedom and independence by the Palestinian people.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Israel National News, 1 January 2018.
“[The city is] the eternal capital of the Palestinian people. … We are staying here and won’t leave until Palestine is liberated. East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Times of Israel, 31 December 2017.
“We will not accept the status quo. We will not accept the apartheid system. We will not accept occupation without cost, and you [Israel] must rethink your aggressive policies and actions against our people, our land and our holy places before it is too late.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Wafa, 31 December 2017.
“We will continue with all sincerity and perseverance to work to unify our land and our people and achieve national reconciliation… I assure our people that we are moving in the path of reconciliation confidently and urgently. We will embark on a strong national unity.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Wafa, 31 December 2017.
“The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from it.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Israel National News, 26 December 2017.
“The US has chosen to relinquish its competence as mediator, and to disqualify itself from playing a role in the peace process. We shall not accept any role for the United States in the peace process. They’ve proven their full bias in favor of Israel.” – Mahmoud Abbas, WeAreCentralPA, 25 December 2017.
“No, we do not support the boycott of Israel, … But we ask everyone to boycott the products of the settlements. Because the settlements are in our territories. It is illegal. … And the Israelis should first of all stop building in our territories, should stop everything in our territories.” – Mahmoud Abbas, Times of Israel, 13 December 2017.