‘NYT’ makes excuses for Netanyahu

Israel/Palestine
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Can it be a coincidence that just as Netanyahu is about to visit Obama, reports surface that the the un-frozen settlement ‘freeze’ continues in robust fashion ("Construction begins on 20 homes in Sheikh Jarrah").

I’m not a prophet, but I’m going to guess that this, too, will be chalked up to bureaucratic snafus that Netanyahu had no control over or knowledge of.

And I wonder if that excuse/explanation will make it into the NYT lede if/when they choose to report this. I always appreciate tips on how to think about news developments in the Middle East.

Oh: Isabel Kershner in the NYT:

another example of an awkwardly timed, seemingly bureaucratic Israeli maneuver that could upset fragile peace efforts.

6 Responses

  1. hayate
    June 27, 2010, 8:22 pm

    One can imagine nyt coverage of say, charles manson, had the zionist lobby taken a defensive interest.

  2. potsherd
    June 27, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Not to mention this small item: link to haaretz.com

    The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve an unprecedented master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, a move largely based on construction on privately owned Arab property.

  3. radii
    June 27, 2010, 9:37 pm

    US ships to Iran, israeli attack on Iran imminent, according to some … settlements continue apace, 2% of American jews provide 40%-60% of money to Democratic politicians … Obama expands wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan … the low point for American power as we let our nefarious parasite israel dictate to us how much to spend, whom to kill and make war upon

  4. Leper Colonialist
    June 28, 2010, 7:26 am

    “Awkardly timed” for who?

    For Bibi, who once again shows that the interests of the US mean nothing to him, except as a plaything he can kick around and trample upon in the pursuit of Israel’s interests?

    For POTUS Obama, who once again is made to look like a fool, a dupe, a chump and the cluck of all time? It seems as if Obama can live with all of Bibi’s duplicity as long as Bibi does not rub Obama’s face in it too often and too publicly.

    What a way to run a foreign policy.

  5. Joseph Glatzer
    June 28, 2010, 8:00 am

    Let’s be accurate about things. No one in Israel ever promised a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem. According to the official Israeli government line, all of Jerusalem including parts conquered in 1967 are part of Israel. So, why would they (from their perspective) not build homes in part of their country? So, let’s just be straight forward. They are not violating any of their promises by building in E. Jerusalem. They are however, the only country in the world which recognizes the annexation of E. Jerusalem and are in violation of a million and a half war crimes.

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