In the Ethan Bronner story today “Mideast Din Drowns out Palestinians,” he says Iran swamped everything in Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu.
But when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visited Washington this week, the conversation was dominated by Iran, not peace talks or occupation.
Actually, Obama led off his public appearance with Netanyahu with a surprising allusion to Palestine–
During the course of this meeting, we’ll talk about the regional issues that are taking place, and I look forward to the Prime Minister sharing with me his ideas about how we can increase the prospects of peace and security in the region. We will discuss the issues that continue to be a focus of not only our foreign policy but also the Prime Minister’s — how we can, potentially, bring about a calmer set of discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians and arrive at a peaceful resolution to that longstanding conflict. It is a very difficult thing to do in light of the context right now, but I know that the Prime Minister remains committed to trying to achieve that.
And obviously a large topic of conversation will be Iran,
The next day the Times report by Mark Landler excluded that detail–no mention of Palestine in his account of the meeting. And now, Bronner repeats the Times abridgment as historical fact.
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