By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Hamas leader Mohammed Al Zahar told Reuters that Abbas is not telling the truth about Hamas and their recognition of Israel. Al Zahar said it is simply not true.
In an extensive interview with the news service the Hamas leader was very forthright and very clearly explained Abbas' motives.
Al Zahar said that Abbas is "very weak" and that "he is seeking a guarantee that US financial support will continue."
He continued by saying that the idea that the government would be composed of academics and technocrats was also a big Abbas lie cultivated in order to assure Western powers of something that will not happen.
"Abbas is not telling them the truth. He says 'this is my government'. But it is not his government. It is a government of national unity. He is marketing it in this way to minimize the pressure."
It seems that Hamas understands the ways the motives and the manipulations of Abbas. It also seems that the United States and the West do not understand either Abbas or his tactics.
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