Mahmoud Abbas’ Very Own Whitey Tape

PM Mahmoud Abbas is under enormous Palestinian pressure for (initially) helping quash the Goldstone report into the Gaza war. His opponents have, suffice it to say, quite a bit to gain by painting him as an Israeli collaborator. And then, via Air America, I see that Palestinian media are reporting the following:

 According to the recordings, originally reported by the Palestinian Al Shehab news agency, Mahmoud Abbas spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and encouraged the Israeli military to continue Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The report indicates that Abbas pressured Barak, who seemed indecisive. In another recording, Palestinian Authority Secretary General Tayeb Abdel Rahim reportedly said in response to the warning by Dov Weisglas, director of the Israeli Chiefs of Staff bureau, that further attacks could kill thousands: “All of them voted for Hamas, so they chose their fate, not us.”

Bullshit. Air the tapes if this is true. If the tapes emerge, obviously that’s a holy-shit moment, and will discredit any Palestinian moderate leadership. If they don’t, the tapes don’t exist. The smart money is on the tapes not existing.

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