Soccer Dad's Middle East Media Sampler
Here's Soccer Dad's Middle East Media Sampler for Friday, December 7.
New York Times Op-Ed index for November 2012
1) Palestinians at the U.N., Again - Editorial - November 4, 2012
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has refused to make
any serious compromises, and the two-state solution seems to have a
diminishing chance of ever happening. Mr. Netanyahu’s recent decision to
jointly field a slate of candidates with the ultranationalist Yisrael
Beiteinu Party in parliamentary elections in January suggests his
approach could become even more hard-line.
Any analysis of the Middle East that fears Yisrael Beiteinu but doesn't
even mention Hamas is anti-Israel. Furthermore the editorial persists
that Israel is still an "occupier" and doesn't acknowledge that the New
York Times actually encouraged Mahmoud Abbas's intransigence by giving
him an op-ed in which he outlined his strategy of how to marginalize
Israel, and never criticized him for his bad faith.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 1 / Pro-Israel 0
2) Turkish-Israeli Relations on Trial - Andrew Finkel - November 8, 2012
Turkish justice moves slowly, and the case against those who gave the
order to storm the Mavi Marmara will limp on for months, if not years.
Meanwhile, Turkey will not abandon its demand for an apology from Israel
and for compensation for the victims — or for the lifting of the Gaza
blockade. And if the Israeli government hems and haws before giving in
to the first two conditions, it will not on the third. This means that
Turkish-Israeli relations will not be mended until a solution is found
for the misery in the Gaza Strip.
Aspects of this essay seem somewhat balanced. However a reference to the
IHH doesn't identify it as a terrorist organization. The concluding
paragraph, cited here, makes clear that the author blames Israel and its
defensive stand rather than the extremism of Turkey's leaders.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 2 / Pro-Israel 0
3) My President is busy - Thomas L. Friedman - November 10, 2012
You should be so lucky that the president feels he has the time,
energy and political capital to spend wrestling with Bibi to forge a
peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I don’t see it anytime soon.
Obama has his marching orders from the American people: Focus on
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, not on Bethlehem, Palestine, and focus on
getting us out of quagmires (Afghanistan) not into them (Syria). No, my
Israeli friends, it’s much worse than you think: You’re home alone.
This is a typical Friedman tantrum. Things aren't going his way so he
mocks. To some degree I think he's correct. In other words, the
President isn't likely at this time to push for a peace settlement. But
contrary to Friedman's premise, that's a good thing. Even if Israel were
willing to make peace, there's on one on the other side or capable of
making peace. So leaving Israel alone is precisely the correct move at
this time. Only someone who believes that Israel is uniquely at fault
for the lack of peace in the Middle East could hold Friedman's views.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 3 / Pro-Israel 0
4) America's Jewish Vote - Jeremy Ben Ami - November 12, 2012
For decades a loud minority of Jewish Americans has made the case
that their hawkish views represent the entirety of the Jewish community.
Their well-funded campaigns and lobbying between elections reinforce
the appearance of broad-based support for their conservative views.
There is some truth in Ben Ami's column. Jewish voters are liberal and
Israel isn't necessarily their primary concern. However here he's
setting up a straw man. "Hawkish" in Ben Ami's vocubulary is AIPAC,
which is not. Support for Israel is strong, mainstream and bipartisan.
(Though there seems to be a trend among Democrats to be less supportive
of Israel.) Jewish pro-Israel American don't necessarily reject peace
efforts or coexistence; what they reject is Ben Ami's path for achieving
these things. Ben Ami and J-Street would be insignificant if not for
the fact that they're well-funded and get plenty of sympathetic press in
publications like the New York Times. When Robert Elman of the American
Jewish Committee wrote that Israel didn't need lectures on how to make
peace, it was published as a letter to the editor. It's harder to rate an op-ed at the New York Times if you're supportive of Israel.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 4 / Pro-Israel 0
5) Has Bibi lost his touch? - Shmuel Rosner - November 12, 2012
Still, an Olmert-Livni alliance may be Netanyahu’s greatest threat.
Many voters see the pair as the only possible remedy for a fractured
center-left with no serious unifying candidate for the top job.
This is ridiculous. Netanyahu might have lost some seats due to the
merger with Yisrael Beiteinu, but he's still favored as the most
credible candidate for Prime Minister by a large margin.
I wouldn't call this essay anti-Israel as it is more about internal
Israeli politics. But that doesn't make it credible. I'm ranking this as
Current Score: Anti-Israel 4 / Pro-Israel 0
6) The Need for U.S.-Iran Talks - Roger Cohen - November 12, 2012
The risk was real that Romney — surrounded by hawks like the former
United Nations ambassador John Bolton, beholden to the casino
billionaire Sheldon Adelson, and prodded by his friend Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel — might take the United States to war in
Iran. Certainly, any chance of a diplomatic resolution of the crisis
caused by Iran’s nuclear program would have receded for the foreseeable
The biggest threat to world peace would have been President Romney egged
on by Netanyahu and controlled by Adelson. Compared to that, what
difference does it make if Iran is able to make a nuclear device?
Current Score: Anti-Israel 5 / Pro-Israel 0
7) The Plight of the Palestinian Olive Tree - Raja Shehada - November 13, 2012
The Israeli government displays considerable tolerance toward this
kind of harassment. According to the Israeli human rights organization
Yesh Din, of 162 investigations conducted since 2005 by the Israeli
police concerning acts of vandalism against Palestinian-owned trees in
the West Bank, only one produced an indictment.
Of course there could be a reason why there was only one indictment: most of the cases were not cases of vandalism.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 6 / Pro-Israel 0
8) Another Israel-Gaza War? - Editorial - November 14, 2012
Israel has a right to defend itself, but it’s hard to see how
Wednesday’s operation could be the most effective way of advancing its
long-term interests. It has provoked new waves of condemnation against
Israel in Arab countries, including Egypt, whose cooperation is needed
to enforce the 1979 peace treaty and support stability in Sinai.
When no one else lifts a finger to prevent the flow of arms into Gaza,
how else is Israel supposed to defend itself? Essentially the Times is
arguing that Israel has a right of self-defense but is better off not
exercising that right. I wish the Times was as vociferous in condemning
the smuggling of weapons into Gaza and the targeting of Israeli
civilians. Most of the letters to the editor - including one by Abe Foxman - criticize the editorial.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 7 / Pro-Israel 0
9) A Call From the Shelter - Shmuel Rosner - November 16, 2012
My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that
she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not
there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be afraid. The brave
soul: it was her first time in a bomb shelter. Until yesterday, for our
family rocket fire was a troubling part of life but not a personal
experience: the last time that Tel Aviv was under fire was during the
first Gulf War, back in 1991.
It took half the month before the New York Times deigned to publish an opinion article that cast Israel in a sympathetic light.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 7 / Pro-Israel 1
10) Israel’s Shortsighted Assassination - Gershon Baskin - November 16, 2012
I believe that Israel made a grave and irresponsible strategic error
by deciding to kill Mr. Jabari. No, Mr. Jabari was not a man of peace;
he didn’t believe in peace with Israel and refused to have any direct
contact with Israeli leaders and even nonofficials like me. My indirect
dealings with Mr. Jabari were handled through my Hamas counterpart,
Ghazi Hamad, the deputy foreign minister of Hamas, who had received Mr.
Jabari’s authorization to deal directly with me. Since Mr. Jabari took
over the military wing of Hamas, the only Israeli who spoke with him
directly was Mr. Shalit, who was escorted out of Gaza by Mr. Jabari
himself. (It is important to recall that Mr. Jabari not only abducted
Mr. Shalit, but he also kept him alive and ensured that he was cared for
during his captivity.)
Is it possible to suffer from the Stockholm Syndrome due to someone else's captivity? There was nothing moderate about Jabari.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 8 / Pro-Israel 1
11) I’m Losing Hope for a Peaceful Israel - Jessica Apple - November 16, 2012
When I moved to Israel 15 years ago, the picture was very different.
There was never a question of whether Israel and the Palestinians would
make peace, only of when. The dream of peace inspired me, and even after
an intifada, scores of suicide bombings and a war, I stayed in Israel. I
What was the source of the the intifada and suicide bombings? Why did they not prompt any soul searching from Ms. Apple?
Current Score: Anti-Israel 9 / Pro-Israel 1
12) The Israel-Palestine Conflict Won't Go Away - Yossi Alpher - November 16, 2012
The coming months of transition in Washington provide a unique
opportunity to review failed strategies in the Israeli-Palestinian
context and examine new ones, even if the objective is stabilization and
limited progress rather than an elusive end-of-conflict.
While Alpher wants something done, he doesn't have any serious ideas. Still this isn't critical of Israel. Neutral.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 9 / Pro-Israel 1
13) Trapped in Gaza - Lara Aburamadan - November 16, 2012
Gaza, after all, is a very small place. Pick a point, any point,
along its 25-mile coastline, and you’re seven or so miles — never more —
from the other side. The other side is where my grandparents were born,
in a village that has since become someone else’s country, off limits
to me. You call it Israel. I call it the place where the bombs come
from. One thundered to earth just now, as I was writing this.
Exercise for the reader: In the month prior to Israel's launching Pillar
of Defense, how many New York Times opinion pieces described life in
Current Score: Anti-Israel 10 / Pro-Israel 1
14) If you've got a hammer - Ronen Bergman - November 17, 2012
Israel has the right to defend itself, especially against the huge
numbers of Iranian long-range missiles pouring into the Gaza Strip from
Iran via Sudan and Egypt. However, wielding the heaviest hammer —
assassinations — against Hamas could lead to further deterioration
instead of amelioration.
Bergman calls the killing of Jabari a punishment. But was it? Jabari was
reportedly in charge of smuggling arms from Iran. It seems that the
killing was a strategic move. Still, overall, Bergman supports Israel's
right to defend itself even if he questions one aspect of it.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 10 / Pro-Israel 2
15) Gaza without end - Roger Cohen - November 19, 2012
Is all this good for Israel? No. Unless good is defined as policies
that radicalize the situation, erode middle ground, demonstrate the
impossibility of agreement, and so facilitate continued Israeli
occupation of the West Bank, the expansion of settlements there and the
steady eclipse of the idea of a two-state peace. This may well be
Netanyahu’s criteria for a tactical victory from Operation Pillar of
Defense (along with victory for Likud on Jan. 22.)
The suggestion that Netanyahu led Israel into war for electoral purposes is demonstrably false.
How does striking back at an enemy "demonstrate the impossibility of
agreement?" Doesn't the enemy fire aimed at civilians show that they are
uninterested in any sort of a lasting agreement? There seems to be a
skill among columnists for the New York Times to portray self-defense
(in Israel's case) as a sign of unreasonableness.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 11 / Pro-Israel 2
16) How Obama Can Use Pressure to Bring Peace - Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv - November 19, 2012
A coalition promoting stability that includes Egypt and Turkey would
also be a potent way to dent Iran’s bid for regional hegemony. The
United States and Israel share that aim, and so do the oil-exporting
kingdoms of the Persian Gulf. They are all concerned that Iran’s uranium
enrichment will lead to a nuclear weapon.
It sounds nice but Melman and Raviv give Morsi and Erdogan too much
credit. They also give President Obama too much credit for his
diplomatic skills. Despite referring to Cast Lead as a "pointless war,"
this essay is neither anti-Israel nor pro-Israel. Neutral.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 11 / Pro-Israel 2
17) Hamas's illegitimacy - Editorial - November 19, 2012
Israel also has a responsibility for the current crisis, which
threatens to complicate and divert attention from international attempts
to deal with the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and the Syrian civil
war. Israel has a right to defend itself, although it is doing so at the
cost of further marginalizing the moderate Palestinian Authority that
helps administer the West Bank and it risks further isolating Israel
It must be rare to to blame Israel for Hamas's terror, but here you have
it. Sure the words condemning Hamas are welcome. Unfortunately, that
condemnation isn't entirely convincing. "Hamas, which took control of
Gaza in 2007 and is backed by Iran, is so
consumed with hatred for Israel that it has repeatedly resorted to
violence, no matter the cost to its own people." The Times blaming Hamas
not for targeting Israeli innocents but for the damage that Israeli
retaliation cause to Gaza! The word "evil" does not appear in the
editorial. The word "terrorist" does, but it's a quote from Prime
Minister Erdogan about Israel! (The editorial to its credit appears to
dispute that charge.) A letter to the editor attributed the war to Israel's "cruel" blockade of Gaza.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 12 / Pro-Israel 2
18) Violence escalates between Israel and Gaza - Patrick Chappatte - November 20, 2012
Chappatte is an anti-Israel cartoonist who contributes to the
International Herald Tribune. There's nothing original or profound about
his cartoon. He simply equates Israeli self-defense with mindless
Current Score: Anti-Israel 13 / Pro-Israel 2
19) Hamas Left Israel No Choice but to Strike - Michael Oren - November 20, 2012
Unfortunately, Hamas is not rational. It targets Israeli civilians
while hiding behind its own. During a campaign of murder and kidnapping
in 2006 and 2007, it gunned down members of its rival, Al Fatah, in the
streets. Its covenant says Christians and Jews “must desist from
struggling against Islam over sovereignty in this region”; under its
rule, militants firebombed a Christian bookshop. It celebrated 9/11 and
mourned the death of Osama bin Laden. We hope some day to persuade its
leaders to make peace with us, but until then we must convince them of
the exorbitant price of aggression.
Ambassador Oren masterfully traversed Israel history of seeking peace
with its enemies to demonstrate that Hamas is not an enemy that is
inclined to make peace.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 13 / Pro-Israel 3
20) A new Israel-Hamas ceasefire - Editorial - November 21, 2012
The cease-fire that ended eight days of bombing and airstrikes
between Hamas and Israel should allow Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza
to return to some normalcy as the two sides pull back from a violent
cycle that killed 140 Palestinians and five Israelis in the past week.
But even if it holds — and that is a big if — this moment of calm will
not create real stability if it is not followed by a serious new peace
effort aimed at a two-state solution.
As long as Hamas maintains its stranglehold over Gaza and its arsenal,
there can be no "two state solution." Advocating for a coalition between
Fatah and Hamas as this editorial does is not a prerequisite for peace
but an invitation to disaster.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 14 / Pro-Israel 3
21) What can the Arabs do? - Patrick Seale - November 21, 2012
My contacts said that these regional leaders should give Obama a
clear choice. They should tell him that if in 2013, the first year of
his new presidential mandate, he fails to bring Israel to the table to
negotiate peace and statehood for the Palestinians, then the Arabs would
be compelled to downgrade their relations with the United States.
The leaders to whom Seale refers are the leaders of Egypt, Turkey, Qatar
and Saudi Arabia. No doubt that this threat that would have President
Obama quaking with fear. Seale assures us that Israel is a great threat
to the Arab world. The ridiculousness of Seale's essay is magnified by
his own career. Seale was Hafez Assad's biographer (read: propagandist).
That the New York Times allows an apologist for a mass murderer to
write in its pages is a disgrace. But I guess since Seale's condemning
Israel, his past sins are forgotten, if not forgiven.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 15 / Pro-Israel 3
22) Obama and Morsi discuss Israel - Patrick Chappatte - November 22, 2012
Another unfunny and offensive cartoon from Chappatte.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 16 / Pro-Israel 3
23) Enough - Roger Cohen - November 22, 2012
Well, ambassador, a powerful Israeli reminder was delivered to Gaza
in 2008. Operation Cast Lead left 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis
dead. Since then Israel’s interest in the “dream” of a two-state peace
has been expressed mainly in the expansion of West Bank settlements. And
here we are again facing the fact that neither side in the Holy Land is
An ambassador of a free country and a man who whitewashed a war criminal
wrote op-eds and who did Roger Cohen see fit to rebut? Cohen's rant
about settlements is not credible for those who keep track.
But what did Cohen miss? That since Cast Lead Hamas has been re-arming
and Abbas has been stonewalling. Has anyone on the Palestinian side
demonstrated any interest in "two state peace?" Cohen adds insult to
injury by claiming that President Morsi's contribution to the ceasefire
show that he is a true pragmatist despite his origins in the Muslim
Brotherhood. ( In a more recent column, Cohen excused Morsi's subsequent power grab as a "mistake" and would "give Morsi the benefit of the doubt on his motives.")
Current Score: Anti-Israel 17 / Pro-Israel 3
24) Time to impose a plan - Yonatan Touval - November 23, 2012
One way out of this conundrum is the following: Between now and Nov.
29, the United States and other key members of the international
community should seek to convince the Palestinians to suspend their bid
at the General Assembly in return for a Security Council resolution that
would, for the first time in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, spell out the general parameters for peace.
Touval explains that Security Council resolutions are binding and would
thus be able to force both sides to come to an agreement. The naivete of
Touval's proposal is astonishing. Does he really believe this could
work? The effect of Touval's proposal, had it been followed would have
been detrimental to Israel but his column, on its own was not. Neutral.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 17 / Pro-Israel 3
25) Solution without resolution - Eran Yashiv - November 23, 2012
The bottom line is both tragic and simple. The fact that a well-known
solution exists and is rejected speaks volumes. Calls for renewed
efforts to resolve the conflict are blind to this reality and to a large
part express wishful thinking on the part of their authors.
Yashiv writes, "In what was a kind of implicit referendum, the notion
rejected in the 2001 elections in which Sharon defeated Ehud Barak with
62 percent of the vote." This is exceedingly dishonest. At the time
Arafat had rejected the "well-known solution" and embarked on a terror
war against Israel. Ehud Barak who had made the offer of the "well-known
solution" was blamed for the outbreak of the violence. Put simply,
Arafat rejected the "well-known" solution but Yashiv faults Israelis for
reacting rationally to the war that was imposed upon them.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 18 / Pro-Israel 3
26) America's failed Palestinian policy - Yousef Munayyer - November 23, 2012
By constantly condemning Palestinian armed resistance, and failing to
condemn Israeli settlement expansion and repression of nonviolent
Palestinian dissent, the message the United States is sending the
Palestinian people is this: All resistance to occupation is
Munayyer's argument put simply is "Palestinian terror against Israel is always legitimate."
Current Score: Anti-Israel 19 / Pro-Israel 3
27) Morsi's moment - Thomas L. Friedman - November 24, 2012
Do I expect that? No more than I expect to win the lottery. The
Muslim Brotherhood has long hated the Jewish state, as well as political
and religious pluralism and feminism. Therefore, here’s what I do
expect: More trouble between Israel and Hamas that will constantly
threaten to drag in Egypt. Hamas is a shameful organization. It
subordinates the interests of the Palestinian people to Iran (and
earlier to Syria), which wants Hamas to do everything it can to make a
two-state solution impossible, because that will lock Israel into a
permanent death grip on the West Bank, which will be the undoing of the
Jewish democracy and will distract the world from Iran’s and Syria’s
The editorial, "Hamas's illegitimacy," made a similar argument: Hamas is
wrong because it works against the interests of the Palestinians, not
because it harms Israelis. "Shameful," is too weak; "evil" is
appropriate. Israel has no "death grip" on the West Bank. All that's
needed is a Palestinian leadership committed to peace. None exists
Current Score: Anti-Israel 20 / Pro-Israel 3
28) Two State solution on the line - Gro Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter - November 25, 2012
In going to the General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
is not carrying out a provocative act. Nor is he undermining trust and
distracting from the pursuit of peace, as his critics have said.
Brundtland and Carter are lying. The Oslo Accords spelled out that peace
was come about due to negotiations not the imposition of one side's
will on the other. Abbas admitted that that was precisely his intent in going to the UN.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 21 / Pro-Israel 3
29) Support Palestinian Statehood - Yossi Beilin - November 25, 2012
Now, the Palestinians are admitting their mistake and asking the same
assembly to recognize a state of Palestine alongside Israel, and
requesting that the boundaries of their state be determined as a result
of negotiations with Israel. Meanwhile, Israel’s right-wing parties —
which in 1993 rejected the Oslo Accords that envisaged Israeli
withdrawal from parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the
establishment of Palestinian autonomy in those areas — are now using,
and abusing, that same agreement to prevent Palestinian statehood.
Beilin was the architect of the Oslo Accords. As a politician he found
no violation of the Oslo Accords by the Palestinians to be too severe.
That is why he is now an ex-politician, far outside the mainstream of
Israeli political discourse. Yes Netanyahu fought the Oslo Accords, but
when he became Prime Minister, he observed them. He didn't observe them
to the degree that his critics thought he should have, but he did
observe them. I don't believe that Arafat or Abbas made any concrete
contributions to the peace process and certainly none as substantial as
removing Jews from most of Hevron as Netanyahu did during his first term
in office. It is Abbas (and Arafat before him) who have refused to
abide by the terms of the agreements Arafat signed.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 22 / Pro-Israel 3
30) The Iron Man - Shmuel Rosner - November 27, 2012
Peretz may be the one laughing now as Israelis laud him for seeing
what experienced generals didn’t see with their open binoculars. Peretz,
as defense minister, was the lone knight of the Iron Dome, an essential
part of the Pillar of Defense operation and a stunning success. The
shield intercepted an astonishing number of rockets in mid-air, enabling
— as Peretz was quick to point out in our conversation — the leaders of
Israel to make decisions based on cold calculation. “Iron Dome,” he
told me “is not just a military tool, it is also a political tool.”
Rosner pays tribute to the failed defense minister who had an enduring vision. The Wall Street Journal has an extensive report on the efforts to field Iron Dome.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 22 / Pro-Israel 4
31) Photo Caption Should Have Been Better. But ‘Orwellian’? No. - Margaret Sullivan - November 27, 2012
The Times’s coverage of this conflict cannot begin to be judged by
the choice of one photo on one day. It has to be put in context over
time. (I haven’t done that kind of long-term study, though I am paying
careful attention to the coverage.) I reject the idea that the choice of
this photo indicates an anti-Israeli bias.
Well, no. One photo shouldn't be the basis to judge any news
organization. But if it shows systematic signs of bias, then the photo
could and should be one more piece of evidence. If the Times didn't
regularly report every time alarms sounded in Israeli cities sending
residents to shelters but then sent its staff to Gaza to report on the
destruction that was caused when Israel struck back, the picture is
misleading. If the Times didn't publish aerial maps
showing that Hamas placed weapons and fighters near schools and then
published a photo of the damaged structure, the picture is misleading.
Sullivan's in typical public editor mode, defending her paper against
any and all charges, but I'm not ready to call this column anti-Israel.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 22 / Pro-Israel 4
32) The U.N. to vote on Palestine - Patrick Chappatte - November 28, 2012
Chappatte's message is that history is passing Israel and the United States by.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 23 / Pro-Israel 4
33) Problems With a Reporter’s Facebook Posts, and a Possible Solution - Margaret Sullivan - November 28, 2012
More recently, during the Gaza conflict, she wrote one Facebook post
in which she described Palestinians as “ho-hum” about the death of loved
ones, wrote of their “limited lives” and, in another, said she shed her
first tears in Gaza over a letter from an American woman. The comments
came off as insensitive and the reaction was sharp, not only from media
pundits, but also from dismayed readers.
Sullivan reports that to solve the problem of Jodi Rudoren's social
media postings, an editor will be assigned to what she writes on Twitter
and Facebook. When the New York Times allows an opinion article that
effectively endorses anti-Israel terror for it to be so concerned of
what it's reporter does on her own time is outrageous. I won't grant
Sullivan any benefit of the doubt here.
Current Score: Anti-Israel 24 / Pro-Israel 4
34) The Palestinians’ U.N. Bid - Editorial - November 28, 2012
Earlier this month, Israel warned that if the resolution passed, it
could cancel the 1993 Oslo accords, oust President Abbas and dismantle
the Palestinian Authority. Some in Congress have also threatened more
sanctions. Israel has since toned down the threats, but it should drop
them altogether, as should Congress. It makes no sense to punish the one
Palestinian institution that has committed to a peaceful solution.
But that one Palestinian institution has done nothing to demonstrate
that it is committed to a peaceful solution. Negotiations "have been at
an impasse since 2008" since Abbas refused then Prime Minister Olmert's
offer and then hoped that President Obama would pressure Netanyahu to
make unilateral concessions. The New York Times does the chances of
peace no favor by whitewashing Abbas's passive aggressive refusal to
deal honestly with Israel.
Final Score: Anti-Israel - 25 / Pro-Israel - 4 / Neutral - 5
Methodology: I surveyed all opinion articles in the New York Times from November 1 - 30, 2012
containing the word "Israel." I excluded all letters to the editor and
included articles substantively about Israel. Given Israel's war against
Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas's effort to avoid negotiations by bringing his
statehood bid to the U.N., as expected, the anti-Israel op-eds
increased. (Last month, the totals were nearly equal due to three
"Latitude" columns by Shmuel Rosner. This month was a return to the
usual imbalance of opinion article unfavorable to Israel.) A number of
articles included gratuitous terms like "bellicosely right-wing Israeli government"or suggested that Israel's response to Hamas helps Assad. Nasty as those references were, the articles were not mostly about Israel.
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