US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2227

MEDIA REACTON ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN2227
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2227 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-07 10:20:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002227 
 
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 REACTON ON MIDDLE EAST 
 
                        Summary 
 
-- Lead stories in all papers published today, May 7, 
highlight the latest developments in the Palestinian- 
Israeli standoff in the Church of the Nativity in 
Bethlehem.  Another lead story focuses on King 
Abdullah's visit to the United States and his meetings 
with U.S. officials. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "The clash of priorities in Washington" 
 
Semi-official, influential Arabic daily Al-Ra'i 
(05/07) editorializes:  "The conflict of priorities 
or, better still, the clash of the agendas between the 
Arabs and the Israelis is going to place America in a 
highly sensitive position, and maybe even in an 
embarrassing situation.  The U.S. administration is in 
such a position that demands an impeccable measurement 
of its priorities in accordance with the needs of the 
region and the requirements of peace in the Middle 
East.  Giving priority to U.S. electioneering 
concerns, which tend to be biased in favor of the 
Zionist lobby in the United States . is going to waste 
away the peace process and is going to place the 
Middle East on the threshold of chaos, where extremism 
is the only beneficiary." 
 
-- "What lies behind Powell's international 
conference?" 
 
Daily columnist Yaser Za'atreh writes on the op-ed 
page of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al- 
Dustour (05/07):  "What do we need another 
international conference, and what about the Madrid 
Conference and its decisions?  Does that not make you 
say that Sharon wants to invest the current pressure 
as well as the American stand on his side to complete 
his political program that aims to achieve `the long- 
term interim solution'?" 
BERRY 

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