Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Article: New peace talks proposed

Date: Friday, August 20, 2010

This article reported on plans to invite Israeli and Palestinian Arab leaders to Washingto to begin direct talks.

Opinion: The writer said "acceptance [of the invitation] was expected.

Opinion: The writer opined "The resumption of face-to-face meetings would be a measure of political success for Obama."

Opinion. Lack of Balance. Bias. Omission: From the article: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is willing to make sacrifices for peace, but the hard-liners in his government have been reluctant to give ground to the Palestinians. As for Abbas, it's not clear how decisive a commitment he could make on behalf of the Palestinians from his office in Ramallah. His rivals in the militant group Hamas control the Gaza Strip, home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians."

On the one hand, the writer refers to "hard-liners" in the Israeli government; the supposed balance refers to something outside Abbas' control, but makes no reference to the intransigence of Abbas or the lack of any concessions made by the Palestinian Arabs during the 19 years of the Oslo Process.


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 8
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 1

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