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April 14, 2005

Obligation or Suggestion?

In another example of double standards by New York Times editorialists, the author of yesterday's editorial treats Israeli and Palestinian obligations under the road map peace plan differently.


The April 13 editorial suggests Israel should take certain actions, and clearly notes that these actions are required under the road map:

But Mr. Bush was absolutely correct in publicly chiding Mr. Sharon by saying the "road map clearly says no expansion of settlements."

But doesn't the road map also call on Palestinians to end violence and dismantle terrorist groups? You wouldn't know from reading the editorial, which presents these obligations simply as sage advice from the Times editorial board:

Mr. Abbas would do well to rein in Palestinian extremists... it would behoove [the Palestinians] to act sensibly.

(The Associated Press similarly has ignored Palestinian obligations under the peace plan while focusing on Israeli ones.)

Posted by GI at April 14, 2005 05:25 PM