Monday, November 15, 2010

Article: Clinton, Netanyahu try to revive Mideast talks; Israel may offer plan for meetings with Palestinians

Date: Friday, November 12, 2010

This article by Paul Richter <> reported on meetings between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempting to revive the peace negotiations the Palestinian Arabs walked away from.

Opinion: The author inserted his opinion about the Palestinian Arabs refusing "to talk until Israel extends a moratorium on housing construction in the West Bank."

Opinion: The author inserted his opinion that "Israel wants to develop its own proposal to try to bring the Palestinians back to the table."

Omission. Misleading: The article refers to Clinton saying both Netanyahu and Abbas are "very committed" to resolving the conflict. While this may accurately reflect what Clinton said, it is misleading as Abbas has clearly shown no such commitment, refusing even to negotiate and repeatedly insisting he would make no concessions on any core issues and even admitting a peace agreement would have been signed long ago were he willing to exhibit any flexibility.

Illogical: The article reports Obama complaining "new construction announcement could harm the peace effort, because the Palestinians view it as the development of land whose ownership should be decided in final peace negotiations," without noting the argument is self-contradictory.


Factual Accuracy: 9
Bias-Free: 8
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 2

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