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May 20, 2003

Facing the Palestinian Reality.

Always right- on- target, Martin Kimel notes the following (check out links in his text)
Facing the Palestinian Reality. Once again we have Bush erroneously suggesting that some fringe radicals are hijacking the peace process:

"I have confidence we can move the peace process forward," he said. "It's clear there are people there who cannot stand the thought of peace."

Yet in the same CNN story, we have Palestinian "Foreign Minister" Nabil Sha'ath suggesting that a Palestinian "civil war" would ensue if Abbas tried to disarm Hamas.

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Our friends John Ward Anderson and Molly Moore (ctd.). Today's story isn't quite as bad as most of the dynamic duo's, but there's still plenty to criticize:
The spurt of violence against Israelis, the most intensive in a year, has jeopardized a tenuous effort by the Bush administration to reinvigorate a peace process crippled by 2 1/2 years of Palestinian violence against Israeli occupation that has terrorized Israeli society and devastated many Palestinians' lives.

What does the phrase "violence against Israeli occupation" actually mean? Hamas and Islamic Jihad consider Israel's "occupation" to date back to Israel's founding in 1948. As readers of this space know, WaPo's foreign editor takes the absurd position that Hamas' goals are "ambiguous."

Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. officials, including President Bush, insisted that they remain committed to pursuing the peace efforts. But the rash of suicide bombings against shoppers, rush-hour commuters, Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers during the last 48 hours -- killing 12 Israelis and five Palestinian bombers -- has rekindled the passions and hardened the political positions that have doomed previous attempts to curb the violence. . . .

Including the number of Palestinian suicide bombers among the dead together with the number of dead innocent Israelis whom the bombers killed is offensive. It suggests a moral equivalence that does not exist.

Militant groups may "have learned something about our way of operating that enables them to be more efficient," said a senior Israeli security official.

Did the Israeli official actually use the term "militant groups" or did he say "terrorist groups?" If the latter, then the articie either should have quoted him or, at a minimum, said something like, "Groups the Israelis consider terrorist organizations . . . ." Otherwise, the statement would be misleading.
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More Arab Lip-service About the Plight of the Palestinians: The Lebanese deny public education to non-naturalized Palestinians, deny them certain jobs and deny them the right to own land outside of the camps. Why aren't we hearing denunciations of Lebanon (and its master, Syria) as practicing apartheid? Or is such invective, even though not warranted, strictly reserved for Israel?