Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On our previous question re: Tom Perry, we think he has answered it

As long as we're on the subject of prevarication, Reuters correspondent Tom Perry continues to mislead on the Palestinian position going into direct talks with Israel:
Their credibility damaged by the failure of past talks, the Palestinians had sought a sense of the shape and size of the Palestinian state Netanyahu has in mind before agreeing to more negotiations.
Nice try Tom but there's a world of difference between having "sought a sense" of what one's adversary has in mind before agreeing to negotiations and demanding to win everything one wants as a condition for those negotiations.  From the New York Times:
Adding to the discord, Mr. Erekat recently raised a new bar for the start of direct talks. Alongside the longstanding demand for a complete freeze in settlement building, including in East Jerusalem, which the Israelis have refused, Mr. Erekat said talks should start from the point at which the last direct negotiations, between the Palestinians and the previous, centrist Israeli government, left off in December 2008.  He also said that Mr. Netanyahu should state his readiness to recognize a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines.
Of course, as a professional journalist bound by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles and Handbook of Journalism, Perry well understands these distinctions.

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