Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Article: Abbas sets talks requirement

Date: July 18, 2010

This article reports on Palestinian Authority chair Mahmoud Abbas saying "Israel must agree to the idea of a third party guarding the borders of a future Palestinian state before direct peace talks can start" and "Israel must also agree in principle to a fair land swap that would compensate the Palestinians for West Bank land absorbed by Jewish settlements in any peace deal." (This are quotes from the article but not directly of Abbas.)

Lack of Balance: It accurately reports the Arab demands, but gives balancing space to any Israeli positions other than to say Israel has rejected the Arab demand for what it calls "East Jerusalem" to be its capital.

Opinion. Bias. Omission: "After years of fruitless negotiations with Israel, Abbas has been wary of sitting down with an Israeli leader he doubts is ready to make the Palestinians an accept able offer."

This omits reference to offers Israel has made which the Arabs have rejected. It gives no indication of the primary reason negotiations have been fruitless: the unwillingness of the Arabs to make any concessions.


Factual Accuracy: 8
Bias-Free: 3
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 7

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