US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2184

JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON SITUATION IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, THE FUTURE OF ARAB-AMERICAN RELATIONS

Identifier: 02AMMAN2184
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Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-02 10:44:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 002184 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR, 
I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD 
USAID/ANE/MEA 
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH 
PARIS FOR O'FRIEL 
USCINCCENT/CCPA, USCENTCOM REAR MACDILL AFB FL 
NICOSIA FOR ILMG 
STATE PASS TO AID 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KMDR JO 
SUBJECT: JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON SITUATION IN THE 
OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, THE FUTURE OF ARAB-AMERICAN 
RELATIONS 
 
 
SUMMARY 
THE MAIN NEWS REPORTS IN JORDAN'S DAILIES WERE STILL 
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES.  THE 
PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS WERE THE END OF THE SIEGE ON 
ARAFAT'S HEADQUARTERS, ISRAEL'S REJECTION OF THE U.N. 
FACT-FINDING MISSION, AND ARAB CALLS TO EVOKE THE 7TH 
ARTICLE OF THE UN CHARTER. 
 
A NUMBER OF EDITORIAL COLUMNISTS PRAISED THE KING'S 
ROLE IN UNDERTAKING HIS FORTHCOMING VISIT TO THE U.S. 
OTHERS COMMENTED GLOOMILY ON FUTURE ARAB-AMERICAN 
RELATIONS IN LIGHT OF THE U.S. POSITION ON THE MIDDLE 
EAST CONFLICT. 
 
 
NEWS REPORTS 
LEAD STORIES IN JORDAN'S DAILIES ON MAY 2 CONCENTRATED 
ON "THE START OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ENDING THE SIEGE 
ON ARAFAT," AND THE TRANSFER OF "ZE'EVI'S KILLERS TO 
JERICHO." 
 
DAILIES ALSO REPORTED THE COLLAPSE OF THE FACT-FINDING 
MISSION, UNDER HEADLINES THAT ANNOUNCED: "SECURITY 
COUNCIL TO DEBATE THE ISRAEL'S REJECTION OF THE FACT- 
FINDING MISSION, ARAB DRAFT RESOLUTION CALLING TO EVOKE 
ARTICLE 7." 
 
DAILIES ALSO QUOTED AGENCY REPORTS ABOUT A "U.S.-SAUDI 
STRATEGY TO PRESSURE ISRAEL INTO ENDING THE CURRENT 
CRISIS. 
 
 
EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES 
 
-- THE KING'S VISIT TO WASHINGTON 
PROMINENT DAILY COLUMNIST URAIB AL-RANTAWI WROTE IN 
CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR ON MAY 
2: "HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH STARTS AN IMPORTANT VISIT 
TO THE U.S. IN WHICH HE ADDRESSES AMERICAN PUBLIC 
OPINION AS WELL AS DECISION MAKING INSTITUTIONS, THINK 
TANKS, AND THE MEDIA. HIS DISCOURSE WILL HIGHLIGHT 
THREE POINTS: FIRST, THAT THE OSLO AGREEMENTS AND 
PHILOSOPHY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FUNCTIONS, AND THAT 
THERE IS NO USE IN SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS WITHOUT A 
POLITICAL DIMENSION, OR TRANSITIONAL AGREEMENTS WITHOUT 
THE FINAL SETTLEMENT.  SECOND, THAT WASHINGTON STANDS 
AS THE ONLY DECISION-MAKING CENTER THAT REMAINS 
CONFUSED BETWEEN THE NEO-CONSERVATIVE TREND THAT PUSHES 
FOR MORE FLAGRANT BIAS IN FAVOR OF THE HEBREW STATE, 
AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT THAT IS BEGINNING TO REALIZE 
THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH A POLICY. THIRD, THE NEED TO 
RESTORE THE PNA AND ITS LEADER AFTER THE CAMPAIGNS THAT 
AIMED TO MARGINALIZE AND DESTROY THEM.  THIS DISCOURSE 
AND THE FIELD ACTIVITY THAT WILL FOLLOW WILL BE THE 
QUIET RESPONSE TO THE BOISTEROUS CLAMOR THAT SURROUNDS 
US WITHOUT HAVING ANY VISIBLE CONSEQUENCE." 
 
-- SHOULD WE LOSE HOPE IN AN HONEST AMERICAN MEDIATION? 
FORMER NEWS DIRECTOR IN JORDAN TELEVISION YAQOUB JABER 
WROTE IN CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL- 
DUSTOUR ON MAY 2: "I FEAR THAT THE PALESTINIANS HAVE 
LOST HOPE OF AN HONEST AMERICAN MEDIATION THAT MAY 
PRODUCE A JUST SETTLEMENT OF THEIR STRUGGLE WITH 
ISRAEL. AN HONEST MEDIATION WOULD EXERT PRESSURE ON 
ISRAEL THAT OCCUPIES THE LAND, KILLS AND MUTILATES THE 
PEOPLE, AND REJECTS PEACE.  BUT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM 
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS THAT IT NOT CONTENTED WITH 
FLAGRANT SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AND ITS BLOODY CRIMES IN 
PALESTINIAN TOWNS AND VILLAGES, BUT ALSO TOTAL ENMITY 
FOR PALESTINIANS AND THEIR LEGITIMATE LEADERSHIP.  AND 
WE WOULD BE MISTAKEN TO THINK THAT THE PRESENT 
ADMINISTRATION IS MORE BIASED FOR ISRAEL THAT ITS 
PREDECESSORS.  BUT WE SHOULD NOT REACH THE POINT OF 
DESPAIR.  OUR OBJECTIVE SHOULD BE TO REACH AMERICAN 
PUBLIC OPINION THAT MAY HAVE BEGUN TO BE AROUSED BY 
ISRAEL'S MOST RECENT CRIMES AND STARTED TO FEEL ITS WAY 
IN THE TOTAL OBSCURITY IMPOSED ON IT BY ZIONIST 
PROPAGANDA." 
 
-- THE MORE IMPORTANT BATTLE HAS BEGUN 
DAILY COLUMNIST KHALIL AL-SAWAHIRI WROTE IN CENTER- 
LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR ON MAY 2: 
"THE SIGHT OF THE YOUTH IN JENIN CAMP, AFTER SURVIVING 
THE MASSACRE, AS THEY TROD ON CASES OF AID BEARING THE 
U.S. FLAG SENT WAVES OF PRIDE IN OUR SOULS THAT ARE 
SUNK IN SORROW AND FRUSTRATION.  [THE PALESTINIANS] 
HAVE RETURNED TO AMERICA, THE FULL PARTNER IN THE 
CRIME, ITS CRUMBS OF ASSISTANCE THAT ARE SOAKED WITH 
THE BLOOD OF INNOCENT PALESTINIAN CHILDREN.  AND LIKE 
THEM, ARABS REFUSE TO CONTINUE FINANCING THE BARBARIC 
AMERICAN ONSLAUGHT BY BOYCOTTING AMERICAN PRODUCTS.  I 
WAS AMAZED TO HEAR MY SEVEN YEAR-OLD GRANDSON TALK 
ABOUT THIS BOYCOTT, FOR HE KNEW EXACTLY THE NUMBER AND 
TRADEMARKS OF THE PRODUCTS THAT HE AND OTHERS OF HIS 
GENERATION HAVE BOYCOTTED THROUGH THEIR CONVICTION THAT 
EVERY PENNY SPENT ON THEM WILL RETURN AGAINST US AS 
BULLETS AND BOMBS. AMERICA MAY NOT BE CONCERNED WITH 
THIS BOYCOTT, SINCE IT HAS LOTS OF OTHER MARKETS, BUT 
THE CRUCIAL POINT IS THAT ARAB AWARENESS HAS BEEN 
RESTORED.  THE BOYCOTT IS NOT A MERE REFUSAL TO 
CONSUME, BUT A POLITICAL AND MORAL COMMITMENT THAT IS 
GROWING EVERY DAY, AND IT IS THE START OF THE 
CONFRONTATION AND ARAB SELF-DEFENSE AGAINST TOTAL 
SURRENDER TO AMERICA OR ANYONE ELSE.  AMERICA WILL 
DISCOVER WHAT A QUAGMIRE IT HAS DRAGGED ITSELF IN BY 
ITS SHAMEFUL SUPPORT OF THE ISRAELI RACIST AND BARBARIC 
AGGRESSION."  GNEHM 

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