Saturday, July 3, 2010

Article: Netanyahu: I'd let 1,000 go to free Israeli soldier

Date: July 2, 2010

This article reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying during a live address to the nation that he would let 1,000 Arab prisoners free in order to obtain the release of Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas terrorists four years ago, but there would be limits: dangerous terrorists will not return to the areas of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) from where they can continue to harm Israel's citizens" and "top terrorists" would not be freed.

Bias: The writer felt compelled to explain Judea and Samaria referred to "the West Bank" but omitted explaining that Judea and Samaria were the historical names for the areas while "West Bank" was a new term introduced to obscure the historical Jewish connection.

Despite the bias, the article was effectively somewhat pro-Israel by otherwise simply reporting on something which inherently displayed how far Israel was willing to compromise and its contrast with the heartlessness of its intransigent enemies.


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 9
Pro-Israel: 1
Anti-Israel: 0

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