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September 14, 2010

Israel: Washington Times, heads; Washington Post, tails

The top story in The Washington Times’ September 14 “Geopolitics” pages? “250 tons of building supplies get into Gaza”. The Associated Press dispatch reported that “the largest shipment of raw materials” into the Gaza Strip since Israel’s late May raid on a blockade-running flotilla would allow improvement of Gaza City’s sewage treatment plant. This will enable it “to process all waste and halt the dumping” of untreated sewage into the Mediterranean Sea.

The top story in The Washington Post’s September 14 “The World” pages? “West Bank settlement town thrust into debate; Some Israelis question the future of Ariel as peace talks move forward.” This report, by Post special correspondent Joel Greenberg, focused on the West Bank as “occupied” rather than disputed territory and erroneously asserted that “Ariel and its adjacent industrial zone pose a challenge to the vision of a geographically contiguous Palestinian state — the goal of renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians ....”

Renewed Arab-Israeli negotiations aim at a “two-state solution” that will provide Israel with secure and recognized borders alongside a new Palestinian Arab state that drops all belligerent claims. Ariel, anticipated by many as one of the large settlement blocs to be incorporated within Israel’s borders in a negotiated agreement, lies to the west of the main north-south West Bank road and does not break the territory’s contiguity.

Maybe “250 tons of building supplies get into Gaza” was not the most important breaking news for a daily paper’s “World News” section on September 14. The Wall Street Journal, perhaps not surprisingly, thought it was “E.U., China in Showdown over Tariffs.” But for The Washington Post, which led its “The World” pages on September 8 with “Ultra-Orthodox turn back clock; Early end to daylight saving time for Yom Kippur fast sparks debate over party’s power,” also written by Greenberg, Jews, especially Israelis portrayed as problematic, are global news leaders. If not daily, then weekly.

Posted by ER at September 14, 2010 05:44 PM


In fairness, Ariel does pose a problem to an eventual peace agreement. It is not close to the Green Line, and therefore transportation logistics will be difficult.


Posted by: Stan at September 16, 2010 09:04 AM

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