“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013
Many people still believe the same thing, that Abbas is a reliable “peace partner” for Israel. There is a superabundance of evidence to the contrary, but when did anyone care about evidence?
“Released Terrorist Welcomed by President Abbas, Received as Hero at West Bank,” MEMRI, April 10, 2018:
On April 10, the Palestinian Authority TV aired footage from a party held for released Fatah terrorist Rajaei Haddad, who was released from prison after serving 20 years for his involvement in the murder of Israeli citizen Gabriel Hirschberg in 1997. President Abbas held a one-hour meeting with Haddad, prior to the party. Jamal Muhaisen of the Fatah Central Committee, who participated in the party, said that “the message to the occupation is that the issue of the prisoners and of the martyrs is where we draw the line.”
Reporter: “President Abbas welcomed released prisoner [Rajaei] Haddad, Jerusalem, to emphasize that our leadership gives top priority to the issue of our prisoners. Let’s watch the welcoming ceremony….
Rajaei Haddad: “My first message, needless to say, is the [need for] national unity. I thank Allah for the help of [PM] Hamdallah’s and [Intelligence Chief Majed] Faraj. The prisoners are well, and they send their regards to everybody. I want to tell the prisoners that everybody is asking about them. The president asked me about each and every one. Let me thank the president for this meeting – he cleared his schedule so that we could meet immediately after my release. We sat together for a full hour, and he listened to me. He asked me about the prisoners, listened to me, and wrote down everything. The president sends his regards [to the prisoners]. He heard what I had to say. Everything will be alright, Allah willing.”…