US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2143

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN2143
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2143 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-01 09:22:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002143 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR, 
I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD, NEA/IPA FOR ALTERMAN 
USAID/ANE/MEA 
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH 
PARIS FOR O'FRIEL 
USCINCCENT//CCPA, USCENTCOM REAR MACDILL AFB FL 
STATE PASS TO AID 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
 
TAGS: KMDR JO 
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST 
 
 
                        Summary 
 
-- King Abdullah II's meeting and talk with the Senate 
members yesterday dominated front-page coverage in all 
the papers published today, May 1.  In his talk, the 
King reviewed Jordan's principles and stance towards 
the Palestinian issue.  He stresses Jordan's support 
for the Palestinian people and for establishing a 
Palestinian state.  He reiterated the call for a 
mechanism and a timetable to end the Israeli 
occupation and establish the Palestinian state.  He 
also stressed the demise of the options of the 
"alternative homeland" or the "Jordan option" as 
solutions to the Palestinian issue. 
 
          Representative Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "Moving with a vision and plan" 
 
Centrist, influential among the elite English daily 
Jordan Times (05/01) editorializes:  "His Majesty King 
Abdullah's message is clear and direct: Jordan's 
priority is to end the suffering of the Palestinian 
people and the usurpation of their rights. 
Demonstrations and condemnations are a legitimate and 
even necessary expression of solidarity with a people 
denied their right to freedom and anger against a 
rogue state whose policies are threatening the 
stability of the whole region.  But the realization of 
the Palestinian people's right to statehood on their 
national soil demands sustainable political and 
diplomatic efforts rooted in a clear vision and plan 
of action.  Beyond the provision of necessary support 
to help Palestinians as they face Israel's brutal 
aggression, Jordan has launched continuous political 
endeavors to garner enough pressure on Israel to halt 
its offensive on the Palestinians and reengage in 
negotiations.  Sharon will not be able to stall any 
longer.  With mounting international pressure and the 
exposure of his crimes against the Palestinians, he 
will soon have to roll back his tanks and engage in 
political talks the whole world says must lead to the 
establishment of a viable Palestinian state.  In the 
meantime, the Arabs need to rally more support for the 
Palestinians and their legitimate demands, building a 
world consensus that the realization of Palestinian 
rights is a priority, which has to be achieved in 
order to bring about peace and stability to the Middle 
East.  As King Abdullah said in an address to members 
of the Senate yesterday, this is where Jordan's 
efforts have been bearing fruit." 
GNEHM 

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