Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to remain loyal to the "national enterprise" and saluted Palestinian prisoners and their relatives. In an October 10 statement he posted on his YouTube account on the anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, Abbas said that the Palestinian government will continue to pay the stipends to families of prisoners "even if they are the last thing we own."
Mahmoud Abbas: We vow before our people to remain loyal to our national enterprise. We salute the prisoners, and we solute their relatives, whom we shall not forsake. We shall continue to pay their stipends, even if they are the last thing we own. We wish our wounded speedy recovery. We, our people, and all of you shall arrive at victory, freedom, and independence. In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. “Among the believers are men who were true to their covenant with Allah. Among them are those who died and those who are still waiting, but have not changed in the least.” Allah has spoken the truth.