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Mideast Media Sampler 12/18/2013

It’s not the Occupation, Stupid Eugene Kontorovich wrote an important essay for Commentary, Israel, Palestine, and Democracy. Here are three critical paragraphs from the middle of the essay: The Palestinians have developed an independent, self-regulating government that controls their lives … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler – 12/06/2013

Getting to “no” with the Palestinians A few months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry allowed as to how he was worried about Israel’s future if it did not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Israel’s Prime Minister has … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/25/2013

Those who Don’t Learn from History are Doomed to be Fleeced In her conference call with the Israel Project last week, nonproliferation expert Dr. Emily Landau raised this general objection (.pdf) to any deal that would be reached with Iran: … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/18/2013

For Thomas Friedman “Brutally Honest” Means Leaving out Essential Information In a speech he gave a few months ago Thomas Friedman said you have “every bit of knowledge available to you” from Google. It’s a bit of an overstatement, but … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/14/2013

Any Agreement is Better than No Agreement Let’s review some of the administration’s activity over the past week. Lee Smith: Haaretz reports that the administration misled Israel regarding the terms of the proposed interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/12/13

John Kerry and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week in Diplomacy I almost feel bad for Secretary of State, John Kerry. This really has been a brutal few days for him. There was the op-ed by Jackson Diehl John … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/11/2013

Reporting on the Politics not the Substance of the Deal Over the past few days the reporting from Geneva changed from anticipation of an imminent deal to a final “no deal.” Or “no deal” for now. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/08/2013

Phony Polonium The New York Times reports Swiss Report Supports Theory Arafat Was Poisoned. Now, of course, the New York Times isn’t the only news outlet to be reporting this. But is it news? When someone makes an incredible claim, … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/04/2013

The Media’s Settlement / Prisoner Hypocrisy As we’ve noted earlier, much of the media is obsessed with settlements, intent on portraying them as the main obstacle to peace. There’s a tendency on the other side to take one of the … Continue reading

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Mideast Media Sampler 11/03/2013

“[N]ot a prescription for peace but for renewed hostilities” To read through recent news reports one could assume that the biggest obstacle to Palestinian Israeli peace are “settlements.” To cement that impression the New York Times published an article, 1,500 … Continue reading

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