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July 08, 2010

IMRA: Stephanopoulos Misrepresents Obama on Freeze

IMRA catches ABC's George Stephanopoulos misrepresenting President Obama's statement on the settlement freeze, set to expire in September:

ABC's George Stephanopoulos has a novel solution to the "problem" President Obama created yesterday for those interested in continuing the pressure for an extension of the freeze - he simply misrepresented what Obama said:

"MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: How about extending the settlement freeze? The president said yesterday he hopes that there will be enough progress in the peace talks for the freeze to be extended past September. "

Now here is what the president actually said: ""And my hope is, is that once direct talks have begun, well before the moratorium has expired, that that will create a climate in which everybody feels a greater investment in
success. Not every action by one party or the other is taken as a reason for not engaging in talks."

In other words: The ending of the freeze by Israel isn't a reason for the Palestinians not to engage talks.]

Posted by TS at July 8, 2010 09:28 AM


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