Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has a message for President Obama: As we showed yesterday, President Obama did not promise a state to Abbas by September 2011.
"You promised me a state by September 2011. I hope you will deliver."
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, the Palestinian president said he's willing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations this week.
Abbas told Fox News he hasn't given up on negotiations.
"I will meet any Israeli official any time," said Abbas. "But there is no use if there is nothing tangible."
"I felt there is no way for negotiations because the American administration including President Obama exhausted their efforts to bring Netanyahu to the negotiating table. They couldn't convince him to cease the settlement activities."
And Israel has offered everything "tangible" for peace - nearly all the West Bank and all of Gaza. He has refused to even give a counter-offer that is remotely acceptable for Israeli security.
Moreover, the US did pressure Israel to freeze construction in the territories - and Abbas still refused to negotiate for nine out of the ten months of the freeze.
Abbas knows that he has been treated deferentially by the media for years, and he has no fear that a real reporter will challenge him on his lies. So, why shouldn't he keep lying?