Via Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch
Former Hamas government spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein announced on his Facebook page on June 8 that in private meetings with Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas insists that he is lying in his public statements in order to "trick the Americans."
"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]."Read it all here
"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."