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.
Address to the UN General Assembly (21 September 2006), quoted in BBC News (22 September 2006) "Hamas rejects Abbas unity pledge
We have at least 12 security apparatuses that cannot be controlled by anybody.Mahmoud Abbas
The little jihad is over, and now we have the bigger jihad - the bigger battle is achieving security and economic growth.Mahmoud Abbas
From here, our people begin the march towards establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capitalMahmoud Abbas
Today we are visitors to the airport, tomorrow we will come here as travellers.Mahmoud Abbas