Thursday, September 16, 2010

Article: Obama rolls dice on Mideast talks

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This is an analysis by Christi Parsos and Paul Richter.

Misleading: "Obama personally helped coax Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to Washington to meet with him Wednesday and resume talks the next day." This falsely implies Netanyahu needed to be coaxed, despite the fact that Netanyahu has been virtually begging to talk but Abba has been adamantly refusing.

Lack of Balance: The article very early quotes PLO ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat implying the talks will fail unless America pressures Israel, and describes Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force on Palestine, saying harsh rhetoric makes the talks more difficult, implying harsh rhetoric by Israel is a problem. Only near the end is there any balancing quote by anyone on the Israeli side.

Bias. Inaccuracies. Misleading: The article falsely states "The most immediate threat to the talks is the scheduled Sept. 26 expiration of Israel's partial moratorium on construction in the West Bank, occupied by Israel in 1967." The threat is not the end of Israel's moratorium, but the Arab threat to walk out of the talks at the end of the moratorium. Also, since the territory had no sovereign at the time Israel captured it in 1967, that territory is not "occupied" but "disputed."


Factual Accuracy: 8
Bias-Free: 5
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 3

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