We have at least 12 security apparatuses that cannot be controlled by anybody.
Interview in Newsweek (20 July 2004) by Dan Ephron
The little jihad is over, and now we have the bigger jihad - the bigger battle is achieving security and economic growth.Mahmoud AbbasCampaign speech in Gaza City (20 August 2005), quoted in New York Times (21 August) Hamas Pushing for Lead Role in a New Gaza by James Bennet
From here, our people begin the march towards establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capitalMahmoud AbbasSpeech at the Gaza City harbour on the occasion of Jewish settler withdrawal (12 August 2005), quoted in BBC News, " Gaza boats mass to mark pullout]"
Today we are visitors to the airport, tomorrow we will come here as travellers.Mahmoud AbbasSpeech at Yaser Arafat International Airport (19 August 2005)
I simply want tomorrow to be better than today. I want Palestine to be independent and sovereign... Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.Mahmoud AbbasAddress to the UN General Assembly (21 September 2006), quoted in BBC News (22 September 2006) "Hamas rejects Abbas unity pledge
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