Saturday, May 28, 2011

BBC's Bowen in Mourning

It's as if you can hear Jeremy Bowen crying:

It was not as if there was a chance of peace for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to squander in Washington. No peace process worth talking about exists to be revived. But he had a choice of making matters worse or better, and he chose to make them worse.

...Congressional lawmakers are not just pro-Israeli, like most Americans. They support Mr Netanyahu's specific vision of Israel, judging by their response to his speech.  At home, where the Israeli prime minister has plenty of critics who do not share his view of Israel's relations with its neighbours, he can only dream of getting the kind of reception that he had on Capitol Hill...The congressmen and women laughed at his jokes. They lapped up his declarations of loyalty and friendship for the US...Most importantly, they accepted his view of Israel's security...

And this illustrates his being irked:

Even when he spoke of giving up land that has been occupied and illegally settled since it was captured in the 1967 Middle East war, he chose a defiant tone. Using the biblical names for the West Bank, he told Congress "you have to understand this - in Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers".

And you wonder why his superiors and the Trustees and the members of the Executive Board can't seem to perceive his bias.


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