Thursday, September 16, 2010

Article: Israel: No extension of freeze

Date: Monday, September 13, 2010

This article reported on Netanyahu noting Israel could not extend its temporary moratorium on Israeli (but not Arab) construction in the disputed territories. It also reported on some violence in and from Gaza.

Absence of Rebuttal. Misleading: The article quotes Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat saying: "I hope that the Israeli government, given the choice between settlement and peace, will choose peace. They can't have both." It does not balance this absurd assertion with an Israeli quote or even any indication about its absurdity.

Lack of Balance. Omission: The article spent two paragraphs detailing three Arabs in Gaza killed and three others injured by Israeli shelling, following this with a curt reference to rockets being fired from Gaza and emphasizing that no one was hurt, omitting the fact that other recent terror attacks killed at least four Israelis and, as usually, carefully avoiding the use of the term "terror."


Factual Accuracy: 9
Bias-Free: 7
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 2

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