It seems that some habits of the PA leadership will not change. Arafat was very good at saying one thing in English to the US political leadership and the exact opposite in Arabic to the Palestinians. So to with Abbas. However much he bends over backwards to tell Condi and Dubya what they want to hear, he is as bad as anyone else from Hamas or Hizballah and should not be trusted at all.
PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas told visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week that he would demand any party that sits in government with him recognize the right of the Jewish state to exist.
Speaking days later in his native Arabic, and therefore apparently feeling open to express his true views, Abbas told the exact opposite to a pan-Arab television network.