Not everybody thinks of Abbas as a partner for peace.
Folks who watch the Palestinian Media say that although the PA president makes moderate statements in English, his pronouncements to his people are a different matter. According to Palestinian Media Watch :
"his Arabic statements continue to show admiration for even the most depraved terrorists. Likewise, Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only -- not because it is immoral.
During a television interview this week, Abbas twice referred to those terrorists serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes." The terrorists who are serving "tens of life sentences" are those arch terrorists who have personally killed tens of Israelis,, and are sentenced to one life sentence for each murder. These are the people whom Mahmoud Abbas calls "our heroes."