Of course it is, the man is a devout Muslim whose ideology promotes the extinction of all Jews on the ”last day”.
It’s pure politics meant to keep the other side off guard and on the defensive, there is not an ounce of sincerity in his ”admission”, other than the need to stick it to the Jews:
Today’s news brought something that seemed to be new. Mahmud Abbas, notorious as author of a Holocaust-denying doctoral dissertation, denounced the Holocaust. He said in a widely quoted statement, that the Holocaust was “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era“. I won’t argue with the statement itself. But why did a Holocaust denier say it? And why now?
The simplistic answer to the second question is that tonight Israelis begin the yearly commemoration of the Holocaust. On the other hand, the so-called “Israeli-Palestinian peace process” has recently broken down and US President Barack Obama blamed both sides for the breakdown. That is, Obama blamed not only Israel, not only Netanyahu, but the Palestinian Arab side too. This was because, among other things, Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, has allied his Palestinian Authority (PA) and his PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) with the Islamist jihadist Hamas movement, which is the de facto government in a large part of the PA’s territory, the Gaza Strip, and therefore has been a rival for the loyalties of the Palestinian Arabs. The overt nature of Abbas former enemy, and new ally, creates a problem. For instance, Article 7 of the Hamas Charter openly advocates genocide of the Jews as an Islamic commandment:
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:
“The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees. The rocks and trees will say O Muslim, O Slave of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him. . . ”
[This fable is a medieval Muslim hadith or tradition passed down in several versions, among them those of al-Bukhari and Muslim]
When a known Holocaust-denier engaged in a diplomatic-cum-terrorist struggle against Jews teams up with those who openly advocate genocide of the Jews, albeit at Judgement Day –which will not stop the average impatient Islamic jihad fanatic from acting out here and now– then your Holocaust-denier might want to cover himself in the court of public opinion. What better way than to denounce the Holocaust and pretend that your new partner does not advocate genocide?