Thursday, September 16, 2010

Analysis: Some see only futility in new Mideast talks

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

This was an analyss by Edmund Sanders. The beginning is fairly sober and balanced, but the bulk of the analysis is unbalanced and puts the onus for progress on Israel while ignoring the core problems of Arab intransigence.

Bias. Lack of Balance: The article describes Israeli opposition MK Meir Sheetrit as doubting "Netanyahu was willing to make the concessions, such as dismantling West Bank settlements, that leaders of the Palestinians' Fatah faction, dominant in the West Bank, say are necessary for them to consider a deal." It ignores any possibility that the Arab rhetoric is just that or may be unreasonable.

Opinion. Inaccuracies. Omission: "Abbas has bet his career on renouncing violence and pursuing peace talks with Israel." The article omits mentioning that Abbas has adamantly refused to engage in peace talks with Israel for two years, a fact which contradicts the writer's assertion.

Omission: "Failed peace talks during the Clinton administration in 2000 helped trigger the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising." The writer fails to mention the talks failed because the Arabs refused an amazingly far-reaching and generous proposal.


Factual Accuracy: 9
Bias-Free: 6
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 2

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