US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2655

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN2655
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2655 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-27 08:18:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002655 
 
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 today, May 27, continue to focus on 
developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and 
the U.S. involvement.  Other stories highlight 
President Bush's visit to Europe and his remarks 
there. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "Bush looks at region with one eye" 
 
Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(05/27) editorializes:  "President George Bush wastes 
no chances to launch harsh criticisms of the 
Palestinian Authority and its leader Yaser Arafat.  It 
is as if the entire crisis of this region is revolving 
around the one man, without even the drop of a hint of 
Israel's responsibility and its occupation of the 
Palestinian lands for the past 35 years.  It seems 
that President Bush, launching his criticisms of the 
Authority every chance he gets, did not get the news 
about Israel's recurrent invasions of Palestinians 
towns and villages, nor the news about Israel's 
killings of men, women and children, nor the news 
about the Likud's decision to reject the Palestinian 
State.  It is double standards that the Bush 
administration is following.  It is the American- 
Israeli war against the Palestinian people, their 
leadership, their cause and their rights.  It is the 
ultimate arrogance and meddling in other people's 
affairs." 
GNEHM 

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