US embassy cable - 02AMMAN3422

MEDIA REACTION ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH

Identifier: 02AMMAN3422
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN3422 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-06-25 07:21:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS AMMAN 003422 
 
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 PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH 
 
 
                        Summary 
 
-- President Bush's speech presenting the U.S. 
administration views on the Middle East is the lead 
story in all papers published today, June 25.  Major 
headlines focus on the President's call for a change 
of the Palestinian leadership and highlight his vision 
of a Palestinian state within three years.  Text of 
speech is carried in the inside pages in all papers. 
Only one editorial so far comments on the speech. 
More are expected tomorrow. 
 
                 Editorial Commentary 
 
-- "Disappointing speech" 
 
Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour 
(06/25) editorializes:  "In his long-awaited speech, 
President Bush gave Sharon all the time he needs to 
exercise his destructive policies in the region; took 
away from the Palestinians their hope of being free 
and independent; and deprived the Arabs of the feeling 
that the United States can really be an honest broker 
in the Middle East.  The President's speech did not 
carry a peace plan as much as it carried blatantly 
impossible conditions, that would not solve the 
Palestinian issue, but would emphasize the concept of 
Israeli force that treads on Palestinian people, 
divides up their lands and their villages, and 
deprives them of the simplest of their rights.  Bush 
should have begun his speech by urging both the 
Palestinians and the Israelis to resume negotiations, 
by ordering Sharon to pull out his troops from 
Palestinian territories, by calling for restarting the 
peace process from where it stopped, because what is 
on the ground is occupation and resistance to 
occupation.  Bush's speech was disappointing.  It 
completely ignored Arab initiatives and places 
Israel's interests and Sharon's ideas high on the list 
of priorities.  We believe that this vision of Bush 
will not lead to peace, rather to more tension in the 
region." 
GNEHM 

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