HE President Mahmoud Abbas
"Palestinians didn't give up, and the will of life is much stronger than the occupation dominance and its schemes, and so it was able to withstand and maintain its identity and work to achieve its dreams and goal. Tens of thousands of adolescents and young men of our people excelled in their studies and their work, with excellence perseverance and dedication became Palestinian features around the world. All of this was without their state to encourage their excellence and creativity, which made this idea a dream of mine for more than 40 years. And today after a Palestinian state become a reality and a well-established fact, I've created the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence, to be the patron for creative and to entrench a culture of innovation and excellence amongst the Palestinian society, and to enhance the structure of the innovation system in various sectors, for creativity to become a pillar of economy and the society of knowledge. I entrusted the establishment of this council and its administration to a groups of academies, businessmen and representative of relevant institutions, headed by my colleague engineer Adnan Samara".