A former Hamas official wrote on his Facebook page Sunday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “lying” to the Americans.
Palestinian Media Watch translated Ihab al-Ghussein’s comments:
“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 the Americans 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.’
To punctuate his point, al-Ghussein mocked those who believe Abbas’s moderate words: “The problem really isn’t with him [Abbas], the problem is with whoever believes him.”
Al-Ghussein was the spokesman for the Hamas interior ministry until resigning last week with the formation of the Fatah-Hamas unity government.
Previously, Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar boasted that Abbas’s claims to be in charge of the unity government were a “marketing” ploy to reduce political pressure from the West.
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