Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mendacity, thy name is Reuters

In a story on Arab nations submitting a draft resolution which asks the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank"), Reuters correspondent Louis Charbonneau asserts the following:
The draft uses language that the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- have used in previous statements on settlements.
It says that "Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.
So, has the Quartet ever issued a statement declaring settlements in the territories "illegal"?  The answer is no.  And the reason, is that per League of Nations and United Nations Security Council resolutions, Jewish settlements anywhere west of the Jordan River in the original Mandate are entirely legal.

Charbonneau is lying -- and this isn't the first time.

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