On January 5, 2023, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to Karim Yunis, an Israeli-Arab terrorist and a member of Fatah's Central Committee who was just released from Israeli prison. Abbas congratulated him on his release and said that Palestinians will not make any concessions regarding the prisoners. The video of the phone call was posted on Abbas's official Facebook page.
On January 19, 2023, Abbas also spoke to Israeli-Arab terrorist Maher Yunis to congratulate him upon his release. Abbas said: "You and Karim are dignitaries of the Palestinian people." Video of this phone call was posted on the Facebook page of Palestine TV.
Karim and Maher Yunis are two cousins from the Israeli town of 'Ara and were recently released after serving 40 years in prison for murdering an Israeli soldier named Avraham Bromberg in 1980.
Karim Yunis: "Greetings, Your Excellency."
Mahmoud Abbas: "Welcome! Thanks to Allah that you are safe and sound.
"A thousand congratulations to all of us, to the entire Palestinian people, on the occasion of you enjoying freedom today – although you have always been a free man. You have always been brave, and you have always been a real man, and therefore, all those years [in prison] have not had an effect on you, Allah willing.
"You paid a huge price on your behalf and on behalf of thousands of people by spending 40 years in prison. This is a sacred issue for us. All the prisoners are the apples of our eyes. All of them are our dear brothers, and they are a sacred issue for all of us.
"We will not make any concession regarding our brothers, the prisoners – regardless of whether they spend 40 years or 40 seconds [in prison]. They are all fighters who fought in the loftiest ways for the sake of the [Palestinian] people. May Allah give you strength and health!
"Brother Maher, thanks to Allah that you are safe and sound. Welcome! May Allah give you health and success and compensate you for all your endeavors and efforts – the likes of which have never been invested by anyone, except by Karim [Yunis]. You and Karim are dignitaries of the Palestinian people.
"We are proud of you. May Allah give you health! You are the beacons of this nation. You are icons for the Palestinian people, you Maher, and brother Karim.
"May Allah give you health! May you be rewarded by Allah, and by the entire nation that respects and appreciates you and says to you: 'This is a great man among the Palestinian people.'"