Not surprising, the man who was the spokesman for Hamas until just a few weeks ago says that Mahmoud Abbas is lying in his public statements in order to “trick the Americans.” According to Palestinian Media Watch who translated his Facebook page into English, Ihab al-Ghussein met with Abbas who explained he was lying in his public statements in order to “trick the Americans”:
“When I go out [publicly] and say that the [PA] government is my [Abbas]government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine -these words are meant to trick the Americans.”
At the end of the post he laughs at those Palestinians who trust Abbas and the reconciliation.
“You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors?? He says: ‘Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for theAmericans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you [Hamas]. What’s important is what we agree on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly] and say that the government is my [Abbas] government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine – these words are meant to trick the Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened in 2006,’ he [Abbas] said: ‘Don’t harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media.’
Come on [Abbas]!
The problem really isn’t with him [Abbas], the problem is with whoever believes him. Ha, Ha, Ha! (I really do want real reconciliation, meaning partnership and achieving unity, but not reconciliation as Abbas means it).”