That hurts me someplace deep.
What is Taqiyya?
Taqiyya (also spelled taqiya or taqiyyah) is lying to advance Islam and/or to prevent harm to Muslims (taqiyya literally means “prevention”). Muslims justify taqiyya from the Quran, other Islamic texts and the example set by Muhammad, including the following:
When non-Muslims confront Muslims about facts that are inconvenient to Muslims (e.g., Hitler and Islam), Muslims often lie (see Muslim Brotherhood) with a straight face, even on record and in front of other Muslims, who don’t appear surprised since they also know about taqiyya (as well as kitman - the related practice of telling half-truths).
Without knowing about taqiyya, non-Muslims are prone to believe Muslims’ lies, especially given the nonchalant demeanor of the other Muslims around.
Trump surely knew what to expect from Abbas. Now he has put his markers down. He has made nice and given lip service to the Myth that has governed the last half century of ME diplomacy and Abbas did as Abbas does and as arabs do. This time the President acts surprised and horrified and now has the excuse to get on with actually dealing with the problem instead of massaging the old lies and myths. He is cutting that Gordian Knot.
Abbas says to Trump “you say lying like its a bad thing”. ::)
“You knew darn well I was a snake, before you took me in.”