US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2204

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN2204
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2204 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-06 10:38:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002204 
 
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 
 
-- Lead stories published in all papers today, May 6, 
report on "the U.S.-Israeli campaign" to change the 
Palestinian leadership and Prime Minister Sharon's 
visit to the United States.  Papers also carry wire 
service reports featuring excerpts from remarks made 
by the National Security Advisor about the 
"unacceptable" situation in Iraq. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "Sharon's files" 
 
Chief Editor Taher Udwan writes on the back page of 
independent, mass-appeal Arabic daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm 
(05/06):  "The right-wing U.S. administration proved 
that it is the most biased in favor of Israel in the 
entire history of America.  This administration has 
supported Sharon's war and policies in such a flagrant 
and blatant manner, after it was chosen as the only 
godfather of peace in this region.  After Sharon's 
massacres and slaughters in Jenin and Nablus, we 
believe that this administration will not be able to 
hold on in the face of Arab and international protests 
and condemnations.  It will not be able to defend 
Sharon's wars much longer.  The Israeli prime minister 
has fully depended on America's political and media 
support in his dirty war against the Palestinians.  In 
return however, the Palestinian cause received 
unprecedented support on the level of the people and 
organizations.  This will surely affect America's bias 
for Israel and will force Washington, sooner or later, 
to shy away from supporting a man, whose history is 
filled with horrible massacres." 
 
-- "Worrying American stances" 
 
Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(05/06) editorializes:  "Washington, having went to 
extremes in its pressure on the Palestinian leadership 
and in politically administering the Israeli 
operations, now goes back to instigating against the 
Palestinian leadership.  What is there left of the 
American vision [for a comprehensive political 
solution] when Washington wages a war of siege with 
the Israeli generals and rabbis?  What negotiations 
and what international conference when all the Arab 
parties who want to see an end to the occupation, are 
undergoing the worst type of American classifications? 
What peace and what political process can Washington 
launch when it is waging its own wars to oust the 
Palestinian leadership, to isolate Syria and to 
pressure Lebanon?" 
 
-- "The Zionist movement and the U.S. administration" 
 
Daily columnist Mazen Saket writes on the op-ed page 
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(05/06):  "The clarity of the relationship and the 
alliance between the U.S. administration and the 
Zionist movement proves the anti-Arab stand of the 
United States and the failure of those who claim that 
the United States can have the honest broker's role in 
a political settlement.  This proves that the United 
States is the major enemy of the Palestinian cause and 
the Arab Nation." 
 
BERRY 

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