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September 22, 2005

AP's Road Map Amnesia Crosses Borders

A blog entry yesterday noted a tendency in Associated Press stories to report as if the Road Map applies only to Israel. Specifically, the entry looked at a problematic dispatch by Mark Lavie of the AP Jerusalem bureau.

The tendency, though, is not limited to reports from Middle East. A day earlier, the AP's chief diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan, reporting from the United Nations, was equally oblivious to the Road Map's demands on Palestinians.

She summarized the plan as follows:

The road map calls for a freeze on Jewish settlements in the larger West Bank, and the dismantlement of more than 100 unauthorized West Bank settlement outposts.

That's all.

Despite conceding that "Hamas leaders have said the group will continue to build its private army and carry out attacks in Israeli-controlled areas," Gearan doesn't mention the Road Map's calls for the PA to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere." Nor does she even hint at the Palestinian obligation under the plan to begin "sustained, targeted, and effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure."

Posted by at September 22, 2005 03:08 PM


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