US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2375

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN2375
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2375 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-14 09:08:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002375 
 
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 
 
-- Developments in the Middle East situation continues 
to dominate lead reporting over the past few days. 
Over the weekend, May 10-12, front-page news reports 
on the end of the Church of the Nativity crisis and on 
the end of Arafat's siege.  Newspapers also highlight 
King Abdullah's visit to the United States, featuring 
extensive coverage of his remarks and his meetings 
there.  Other stories highlight the Sharm El-Sheik 
summit meeting and its final decision against "all 
forms of violence".  Although the majority of 
editorial commentaries view the outcome of the summit 
as a "push for peace" and a show of Arab support and 
willingness for peace, some argue that the main issue 
is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories 
and the Palestinian right of resistance. 
 
                Editorial Commentaries 
 
-- "Rejecting all forms of violence" 
 
Daily columnist Rakan Majali writes on the back page 
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(05/14):  "Evidently, American pressures are no longer 
focused against the Palestinian National Authority, 
but also against the moderate Arab countries, who are 
expected to have a role in putting a stop to the 
martyrdom operations.  According to the Sharm El-Sheik 
summit's final statement, rejecting all forms of 
violence is the only way to resume the peace process. 
This is true.  However, the confrontations [between 
the Palestinians and the Israelis] are not happening 
because of the martyrdom operations, but as a result 
of Israel's barbaric of extermination, and the 
Palestinians have not choice but to respond.  Another 
point to be taken into consideration is the fact that 
the continuation of the Israeli occupation of the 
Palestinian territories is the peak of aggression and 
the ultimate action of terror." 
 
-- "Why martyrdom operations?" 
 
Daily columnist Yaser Za'atreh writes on the op-ed 
page of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al- 
Dustour (05/14):  "Here goes the Arab official 
statements rejecting the martyrdom operations under 
American pressures.  The question is why this viscous 
American attack against martyrdom operation in 
particular?  It proves that these operations are the 
strongest weapons in the hands of the Palestinians, 
and that its acceptability among the young Palestinian 
men and its development could turn into a real victory 
against the Hebrew state.  Washington, concerned for 
Israeli interests, wants to rob the Palestinians of 
their strongest weapon, a weapon that can abolish the 
occupation.  Unfortunately, in their moment of 
weakness, the Arabs are going along with what 
Washington wants, only to make the task of the martyrs 
more difficult." 
 
-- "The Arab movement towards peace" 
 
Daily columnist Bater Wardam writes on the op-ed page 
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(05/13):  "In general, the objectives of the current 
Arab political movement are crystal clear.  There is 
great enthusiasm among the Arab countries to play the 
leadership role in times of quiet and peace.  Yet, 
this enthusiasm disappears completely in times of 
crises and the Arab countries become silent.  There is 
an Arab move towards peace under the motto of `let 
bygones be bygones'.  There is no move to make Sharon 
to pay for his crimes.  In fact, this disregard for 
the complete destruction that befell the Palestinian 
Authority and the Palestinian people is aggravating 
and infuriating." 
GNEHM 

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