Palestine – Hark The Herald Devil Sings
By: David Singer
â€œThe Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is a daily broadsheet newspaper published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1831 as the Sydney Herald, the SMH is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Australia.â€
Regrettably the Sydney Morning Herald seems to be going the way of a growing number of media outlets that publish factually inaccurateÂ or misleading statements and analysis on the Jewish-Arab conflict – which still defies resolution after 130 years of trying.
In its recent editorial â€œMid East Peace: a time to speakâ€ the Herald has published inaccuracies, innuendo, amateur analysis and comment designed to mislead or misinform.
Take the following:
- â€œThe Obama administration’s effort to get the Israelis and Palestinians back into direct negotiations, helped with a bribe to Israel of new military gear in return for aÂ 90- day freeze on settlements in the conquered territories, has foundered.â€
- “International patience is fast running out. Brazil and Argentina have recognised a sovereign state ofÂ Palestine;Â the Europeans are threatening to follow.”
â€œThe EU will not recognise changes to pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than agreed by the parties.
“This could include territorial swaps,” it says, without further comment in what a diplomat said was the first such reference by the EU.
It also demands that a way be found to resolve the status of Jerusalem ” as the future capital of two states” and calls for a just solution to the refugee problem.
- Or Palestinians may give up on the idea of their own state, and insist on a two-nation, single state in the original Palestine mandate.â€
The original Palestine mandate contained what is today called Jordan – which comprised 78% of the territory of â€œPalestineâ€. Is the Herald privy to information that the Palestinians have designs on Jordan as part of the location forÂ its two-nation single state?
…… and my thoughts won’t make you happy. Compliments of the Season anyway.
- â€œThe key blockage, for Israel’s Western friends, is its own politics. Hamas can be tackled further downstreamâ€
Israel has a democratically elected Government that can enter into and make binding commitments but has no corresponding entity on the other side that can do the same.
On what source does the Herald rely to assert that Israelâ€™s own politics – not the Palestinian Arabs split politics -Â is the key blockage for Israelâ€˜s western friends?
Why should Israel tackle Hamas downstream?Â Hamas has to be confronted and dealt with in the context of any final settlement or such purported settlement will not be an end to the conflict.
Wonâ€™t doing nothing about Hamas now lead to precisely the outcome the Herald referred to in this very editorial :
â€œa messy one and two half-states, Israel plus a rump Palestine on the West Bank and a Hamas-ruled Gaza propped up by Iran.â€
- â€œThe debate in Washington is now about how tough to be with Israel, to try to force the mainstream into a consensus decision. A bit of tough support from a key ally might have helped the Americans Instead, Rudd’s public appearances were a feel-good profession of Australian support for Israel.â€
On the other hand there is clear evidence thatÂ the PA and Hamas are unable to settle their differences and steadfastlyÂ refuse to recognize Israel as the Jewish National Home.
How can Washington being tough with Israel bring any breakthroughs in these Palestinian Arab logjams?
If America is to get tough with anyone surelyÂ it would be with the Palestinian Arab side – to get their act together and acknowledgeÂ that the Jewish state is a reality and is here to stay.
Good on Rudd.Â If the Heraldâ€™s editorial writer is right on Washingtonâ€™s current stance – then Australia would be foolish to be part of it.
- â€œRudd made a distasteful joke about Menachem Begin carrying out ”some interior redesign” of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel – referring to a terrorist bombing in 1946 that killed 91 people.â€
(i) Â Â Â The King David Hotel was the headquarters of the British Army – a legitimate target for attack.(ii)Â Â Â Warnings were given to clear the hotel but were ignored by the British.(iii)Â Â To conclude that the attack was a â€œterrorist bombingâ€ when the intent was to target a military installationand not the civilian population – is outrageous.
- Has Rudd really has got [sic] it as a diplomat? Perhaps WikiLeaks will one day reveal that he made a more appropriate pitch in private.â€
(i) Â Â Â who wrote the editorial
(ii)Â Â Â the qualifications of the person writing the editorial
(iii)Â Â Â who checked the editorialÂ for its accuracy before publication
At this festive time of goodwill and cheer the Herald has clearly displayed that this editorial is lacking in both.