US embassy cable - 02AMMAN3220

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN3220
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN3220 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-06-17 09:20:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 003220 
 
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 
 
-- A lead story in all papers today, June 17, focuses 
on Israel's establishment of the "dividing wall" 
between Israel and the West Bank.  A number of 
commentaries lash out at Israel's "racist" policy. 
Another front-page story, without commentary, 
highlights the New York Times article about President 
Bush's call on the CIA to find ways to oust the Saddam 
Hussein regime of Iraq. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "The racist dividing wall" 
 
Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(06/17) editorializes:  "Israel is going against the 
current and the spirit of this century, which has 
witnessed the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall 
of the most racist division in South Africa.  This is 
only so Israel can start its own stage of implementing 
the same hateful policy, as it is determined to be the 
last of all occupations and the last of racist 
entities.  The Palestinians are not sorry to see their 
occupiers hide behind walls and electrical fences. 
This separation could have, however, taken place as a 
result of a final solution, whereby this dividing wall 
turns into international borders that separate between 
a free and independent Palestine and the Hebrew state. 
It is sad that these racist plans of isolation have 
not received the international and American 
condemnation they deserve.  In fact the plans are 
understood by Washington in line with its policy of 
blind bias in favor of the Hebrew state.  We condemn 
this policy of racism.  We tell the government of 
rabbis and generals that their protective walls will 
not bring them safety and security, and that no matter 
how much they fortify themselves, the will of the 
Palestinians to be free and independent will 
eventually win." 
 
--"The isolating wall: Israeli aggression with U.S. 
blessing" 
 
Daily columnist Rakan Majali writes on the back page 
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(06/17):  "It is obvious that Prime Minister Sharon 
returned from the United States with ultimate support 
for his plan to build a dividing wall and to impose 
the ugliest form of racial discrimination.  The 
interesting thing is the presence of this American 
cover and a false screen that talks about initiatives 
or ideas to be presented by the U.S. President.  In 
our opinion, the Palestinian leadership and the Arabs 
must seriously consider this most dangerous move, and 
not be misled by these projects on papers, but to 
focus on what is happening on the ground in the land 
of Palestine." 
 
-- "Israel's dividing wall: an attack on international 
legitimacy" 
 
Daily columnist Mazen Saket writes on the op-ed page 
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(06/16):  "Funny how this world sings the praises of 
international legitimacy, asks us to respect and abide 
by it and punishes those countries that rebel against 
it and refuse to abide by it.  And there stands 
Israel, despite all the international legitimacy 
decisions that confirm the illegality of its 
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.  There's Israel, 
setting up this dividing wall.  Israel is actually 
setting the borders that it has decided for the 
Palestinian state, before the negotiations, before 
reaching agreements, and despite all the Security 
Council resolutions.  Can we still talk about an 
international conference and a settlement with Israel 
on the basis of Security Council resolutions?" 
GNEHM 

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