Sunday, February 12, 2017

Surprise? Trump State Dept Document Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli; NYT Ignores It - by Ira Stoll

...Is it a Washington-style gaffe in which someone accidentally utters something that everyone knows is true? Or is it a subtle but nonetheless intentional message that, notwithstanding pressure from Arab leaders, Mr. Trump intends to keep his campaign promises and follow the American law recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital? The Times not only doesn’t answer the question, it doesn’t even let its readers in on the news, because the paper’s journalists are too busy, instead, obsessing about the settlements.

Ira Stoll..
10 February '17..

The Trump administration, breaking with Obama administration precedent, has issued an official State Department document recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel.

And the New York Times, as is typical, entirely missed the news, preferring instead to obsess about Israeli settlements and to portray the Trump administration, inaccurately, as truckling to pressure from Arab monarchs.

The State Department reference to “Israel, Jerusalem” amid a list of countries and capital cities — such as “Egypt, Cairo,” “Lebanon, Beirut” and “Iraq, Baghdad” — came in an appendix to an obscure government document — a report from the State Department’s inspector general detailing a review of the US government’s Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Though it was initially labeled “sensitive but unclassified,” and intended for internal State Department use, the document was distributed by the department this week to a public email list that included The Algemeiner.

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