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Thursday, August 27, 2009


 

Pressure?


The headlines read:
Merkel ups pressure on Israel on settlements
Really? How did she do that exactly? By saying: "We must make progress in the peace process...and a stopping of the settlement (building) is very important."

Same article, 11 or so paragraphs later:

Merkel also said that Iran, whose president has said he wants to wipe Israel off the map, could face new sanctions in the energy and financial sectors if it failed to show a willingness to negotiate on its disputed nuclear programme.

"If there is no positive answer by September we will have to consider further measures," she said.
Pressure on Iran? Try starving and bankrupting them. Pressure on Israel? Say "tsk, tsk."

I hope I don't also need to point out to readers, as I apparently do to Reuters, that Iran's president has never said "he wants to wipe Israel off the map."

Incidentally, on Palestine/Israel, I just watched a very interesting interview with Jimmy Carter on Al Jazeera. It's not online in any form yet, but it will be interesting to see if his comments, so strikingly at odds with the "conventional Washington wisdom", make any dent in the news.

Update: The Carter interview.


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