This week the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Ayyam published a picture of Mahmoud Abbas – while behind him is a map of “Palestine” that erases and replaces all of Israel. In addition, the PA flag is placed above the map.
Abbas was speaking from the “Headquarters of the Palestinian Presidency” in Ramallah, that is, part of Abbas’ office complex, at the opening meeting of the PLO Central Council.
A similar picture of Abbas in front of the same map was published in the Fatah controlled daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
This is not the first time that Abbas or his Fatah movement have used maps showing the region without acknowledging Israel. They are doing this even though they are asking for a two state solution, indicating they are not really serious about that.