But it turns out that another part of that interview may be more embarrassing to him than his purported condemnation of knife attacks.
During the interview, there was this exchange:
Ilana Dayan: If [Bibi] invites you to a meeting tomorrow, would you come?Netanyahu called Abbas' bluff yesterday, saying that he has cleared his schedule for the week and Abbas is welcome to meet with him whenever he wants.
Abbas : I'll meet him.
Ilana Dayan: Anywhere?
Abbas: And any time.
And while some Palestinian media reported on this invitation, the official PA news agency and newspaper have not said a word about either the interview or the invitation.
Which just goes to show that Abbas is happy to lie to Israeli and Western media. Unfortunately, Western media is not keen to call him on his lies.
Hopefully Bibi will reiterate the invitation every day this week, saying "I was disappointed that Mr. Abbas did not respond to my invitation yesterday but he is still welcome to come today." Eventually Abbas will be forced to respond in one way or another. If he meets with Netanyahu, he will lose all respect in the Arab street because he preaches no "normalization;" if he refuses then the Western media may get a small clue that he is simply a liar.
And his wishes for peace are as hollow as his promises to meet with Israeli leaders.
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