An Editorial that could not possibly be more misleading

This is cross posted by Chas Newkey-Burden at OyVaGoy

An editorial in today’s Observer [cross posted at The Guardian] presents Israel as the obstacle to peace in the Middle East and Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority as the ones making all the moves. Indeed, it argues that “successive” Israeli prime ministers have refused to sincerely engage and negotiate with the Palestinians.

Successive Israeli prime ministers refusing to negotiate? Well, let’s look at the record of the three that preceded the current administration…

Ehud Barak (1999-2001) offered Yasser Arafat an extraordinary package including around 97 per cent of the territories, the majority of the Old City and east Jerusalem, and $30 billion compensation for the refugees.

Map reflecting the parameters of the Palestinian state which Arafat was offered (Per Dennis Ross)

His offer was refused by Arafat.

Ariel Sharon  (2001-2005) withdrew from Gaza, and was considering withdrawing from the West Bank, before his reign ended when he suffered a stroke.

The Gaza withdrawal was responded to with thousands of rockets fired into Israel.

Ehud Olmert (2006-2009) offered Mahmoud Abbas 93.5 to 93.7 per cent of the territories, along with a land swap of 5.8 per cent and a safe-passage corridor from Gaza to the West Bank. Under his offer the Old City of Jerusalem would be administered by a consortium of Saudis, Jordanians, Israelis, Palestinians and Americans. There would also have been (limited) return of refugees.

His offer was refused by Abbas

As for Netanyahu, it is too early to tell what will happen. But during his first reign as Prime Minister, (1996-1999) he negotiated with Yasser Arafat, signed the Wye River accords and handed most of Hebron to the Palestinians.

So The Observer could hardly be more misleading. Its editorial warns, with typical colonial-liberal pomposity, that if Israel continues to refuse to negotiate that it will become “an international pariah”. If that ever does become the case, it will not be because of intransigence on the part of Israel. But it will be in part because of dishonest reporting such as in today’s Observer.

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  1. That editorial was an amazing example of the upside -down world of the Guardian and its sister newspaper – everything upside down and backwards, like something in a distorting mirror in a funny house. And this by the editorial staff, not one of the loonies they normally publish.

    Excellent rebuttal by Chas. B the way – its worth looking at that map and comparing it to the claims of a “swiss cheese solution” bandied about by those who never ever looked at the the map offered at Camp David.

  2. That is an honest presentation of the facts that the Guardian and its fellow Israel bashers attempt to obfuscate with their dozens of articles smearing Israel’s attempts to end the stalemate.

    They would never offer Chas a job. He tells the unabashed truth.

  3. The podists* at the Guardian and the Observer, and elsewhere, in their myriad, burgeoning plentifulness are the real obstacle to peace.

    *Podists – people who have been exposed to a cocktail of electromagnetic waves and dubious chemicals (polyvalent carbons?) which has turned to their minds to dhimmi mush concomitant with a blind hatred of the achievements of the West.