US embassy cable - 02AMMAN3304

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN3304
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN3304 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-06-19 09:21:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS AMMAN 003304 
 
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 story in all papers today, June 19, highlights 
reports about yesterday's suicide bus bombing in 
Jerusalem.  Headlines refer to it as "the Jerusalem 
operation".  Reports also focus on Israel's decision 
to retaliate in Palestinian Authority areas. 
Editorial commentaries continue to criticize Israel's 
occupation and its aggression against the Palestinian 
people.  One columnist today holds the United States 
"fully responsible" for the destruction and 
assassinations taking place in the Palestinian 
territories. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "Giving Sharon the excuse!" 
 
Daily columnist Yaser Za'atreh writes on the op-ed 
page of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al- 
Dustour (06/19):  "They said that the heroic Jerusalem 
operation is going to give Sharon the excuse he needs 
to escalate his aggressions against the Palestinians 
people.  Yet, the Palestinians wonder when did Sharon 
stop those aggressions in the first place.  Giving in 
to Sharon's security and then political conditions is 
the only guaranteed way to stop the aggressions 
against the Palestinian people.  However, it is a way 
that is not acceptable to the principles, values, 
dignity and pride know to all free people.  The heroic 
Jerusalem operation and operations before it fall 
within the category of resistance, combating 
occupation and convincing the whole world that ending 
the occupation is the only solution.  The Palestinian 
people and their leadership are being humiliated, and 
there is no response to that other than continuing the 
resistance." 
 
-- "Will the Israeli ever learn the lesson?" 
 
Daily columnist Jamil Nimri writes on the back page of 
independent, mass-appeal Arabic daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm 
906/19):  "Yesterday's operation in Jerusalem says it 
all about the effectiveness of the dividing wall that 
Sharon is building.  Insisting on dealing with the 
Palestinian people with brutality, oppression and 
humiliation has only succeeded in entrenching the 
anger and the rage and the willingness to die, so that 
more and more young men ready for martyrdom 
operations." 
 
-- "The American green light" 
 
Daily columnist Fahd Fanek writes on the back page of 
semi-official, influential Arabic daily Al-Ra'i 
(06/19):  "Bush is the one asking the Arabs and the 
Palestinians to bear their responsibilities so that 
his vision of the Palestinian state can come into 
reality.  Israel is never asked to do anything.  It is 
doing more than its share.  Even more than that, 
Sharon is a man of peace according to Bush, and Arafat 
is a terrorist.  This sums up America's vision and its 
policies towards this region.  Saying that American 
gives Sharon the green light to act is actually 
belittling American's role in the events of the 
Israeli aggression.  In fact, American is not only 
allowing Sharon to do what he sees fit, but is also 
instigating him, arming him, financing him and 
providing him with a moral and legal cover in order to 
protect him from the United Nations and the world. 
America bears full responsibility for what is 
happening in the West Bank." 
GNEHM 

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