Few were surprised that the first words out of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' mouth in his meeting with US President Donald Trump were bald-faced lies.
"Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace," Abbas claimed, as he and Trump tried to sleuth out what's holding up Mideast peace.
Abbas continued: "And we are endeavoring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israeli children in peace, freedom and security."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately hit back.
During a joint press conference with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Netanyahu stated:
"I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace. That’s unfortunately not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists."
Netanyahu was referring to the fact that Abbas' Palestinian Authority uses the massive amounts of foreign aid it receives to provide large stipends to Palestinian terrorists arrested by Israel. It also routinely names Palestinian schools, parks and summer camps after the most blood-soaked terrorists – those who have managed to kill the most Jews.
Netanyahu did not even get into what Palestinian children are taught in local schools, where teachers and textbooks refer to Jews as sub-human, blood-thirsty monsters. And the incitement is even worse on after-school programming on Palestinian Authority-controlled television.
It is a culture of death that Hamas, the largest party in the Palestinian parliament, has proudly admitted to.
"For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry," said Hamas parliamentarian Fathi Hammad. The Palestinians are "saying to the Zionist enemy: 'We desire death like you desire life.'"
Fortunately, there was some indication that Trump had not been taken in by Abbas' lies.
In his own remarks to the press, Trump said that for peace to move forward, the Palestinian leadership would have to cease the incitement against Israel and the Jews:
"…there cannot be lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate — and violence and hate. There’s such hatred."