PA leader Mahmoud Abbas told President Obama that he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of Gaza because this would bolster Hamas.
Abbas told Obama that easing the blockage should be done with care and undertaken gradually so as not to be construed as a victory for Hamas. European diplomats said Egypt also opposes lifting the blockade.
Mahmoud Abbas Lies as the Washington Press Corps Idly Looks On
PA president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the Washington press corps and the president of the United States [o]n Wednesday , and blatantly twisted the truth. Nobody called him on it.
Abbas said, "And I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that."
Yet according to Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors the PA's television channel and its newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, the amount of incitement to hatred and violence that was published, broadcast, or encouraged by the PA during the months of May and June alone is breathtaking. One can view a clip from PA TV which features zombie-eyed girls of about eight years of age, singing: "I want to carry a machine gun and a rifle."
But none of the reporters used their question time to challenge Abbas.