NY Times Tars Israeli Development near Jerusalem

The Dec. 1 New York Times article ("Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan") by Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren about Israeli plans to develop new housing units east of Jerusalem is a highly inflammatory anti-Israel piece that doesn't stand up to rigorous fact-checking. Its main charge, quite erroneous, is that the project would doom creation of a contiguous Palestinian state on the West Bank Here's Rudoren's lead paragraph: "Israel is moving forward with development of Jewish settlements in a contentious area east of Jerusalem, defying the United States by advancing a project that has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Fleshing out her indictment of Israel, Rudoren adds that "if such a project were to go beyond blueprints, it could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state." The area in question, known as E-1, would, she...(Read Full Post)

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