Along the Tracks

Thursday, June 20, 2002
 

Palestinian ‘concessions’?


The lead editorial in the New York Times today sinks to a new low of “equivalence” in the situation between the Israelis and Palestinians. The key quote:

“Each side in this struggle is now locked into a position in which it sees any concession as rewarding the misbehavior of the other.”

“Any concession” before talks can resume? As far as I can tell, the only “concession” being asked of the Palestinians is to stop blowing up Israelis. Apparently, that is too much to ask.


Times: Ignore what you just read above please


Not only does the Times consider foreswearing murder a “concession,” but the editorialists directly contradict themselves, saying early in the piece, “A poll last month showed that two-thirds (of Palestinians) believe they have accomplished more through two years of violence than through all the previous years of negotiation,” followed a couple paragraphs later by “a majority of both populations continue to believe in two states living side by side in peace.” Two-thirds believe in the violence, but also believe in peace? Do the Times’ editorialists even read what they write?


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