Sunday, May 16, 2010

Reuters' radical leftist Bureau Chief finds solace amongst his own

Reporting on a street demonstration of minute proportions that would likely go ignored by a legitimately independent news agency, Reuters Bureau Chief Alastair Macdonald quotes and parrots the most extreme elements in Israeli political society:
"We want a Jewish state for the Jewish people with clear, recognised borders, not a Jewish state built on settlements and discrimination," said Eldad Yaniv, a founder last year of the National Left, one of several new groups arguing Israel must quit Arab land to remain a democracy with a Jewish majority.
Macdonald alludes to Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") as "Arab land" but of course, doesn't support that false characterization with any evidence because there is none to offer.  The territories remain the last unallocated portion of the original Mandate of Palestine and as such, formally belong to neither Jew nor Arab (although discrete parcels of the land are legally titled to both individual Jews and Arabs).  But for Arabist and Israel-hater Macdonald who also fancies himself arbiter of final status issues between the parties, all the land belongs to the Arabs.

Macdonald views the half million Jews who live outside of the 1949 Armistice Lines as doing so for religious reasons:
About 500,000 Jews, some citing a Biblical birthright, live in the West Bank and areas in and around East Jerusalem that Israel captured in a 1967 war. Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
But the Bureau Chief, who suffers from terminal selective amnesia, makes no mention of the right granted to Jews in the Mandate for Palestine -- adopted in international law by both the League of Nations and the United Nations -- to settle anywhere in the territories.

Calling attention to those leftist Israelis who are dubious of "rightist" Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's commitment to a two-state solution:
Reflecting skepticism about Netanyahu's good faith in saying he wants a "two-state solution" with the Palestinians, one man held a sign reading: "Barack Obama, Please Force Peace On Us."
Macdonald pines for former leftist "peacemaking" Premier Yitzhak Rabin.  Perhaps Macdonald ought to take note of Rabin's sentiments in the year prior to his death:
We don't accept the Palestinian goal of an independent Palestinian state between Israel and Jordan. We believe that there is a separate Palestinian entity, short of state.

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