US embassy cable - 02AMMAN3332

MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST

Identifier: 02AMMAN3332
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN3332 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-06-20 08:13:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS AMMAN 003332 
 
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 20, reports on 
the suicide operations in Jerusalem, the second in 48 
hours, killing seven and injuring about 40 people. 
Other stories highlight the White House's decision to 
postpone President Bush's address to present his ideas 
on the Middle East that was scheduled for yesterday. 
Another major story focuses on King Abdullah's talks 
with the Egyptian President in Amman yesterday. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "The dividing wall presents some positive points" 
 
Columnist Ali Safadi writes on the op-ed page of 
center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(06/20):  "Despite the many negative points about 
Israel's dividing wall . there are a number of 
positive points that we have to take into 
consideration.  For one thing, the wall means the 
failure of Israel's military option and also means 
that Israel is building because of pressure from the 
Palestinian resistance.  A second positive point is 
the fact that, with the building of this wall, 
Israel's ideology of a Greater Israel has become 
obsolete.  Another point is the fact that this is the 
first time that Israel establishes borders between 
itself and areas it used to occupy, political borders 
that will be hard to change in the future.  A fourth 
and final point is the destruction of the very 
foundations of the settlement movement in the West 
Bank." 
GNEHM 

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