|Abdullah: Prepare for 'day after peace'|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 18 May 2007 17:00|
|King Abdullah II of Jordan has called for no more delay in the faltering Middle East peace process, and had urged all nations of the world to end the suffering of the Palestinian people. During the gathering of the World Economic Forum in Jordan today, he also stressed that the world needs to have concrete plans ready for the day after peace comes. His comments came as Kassam rockets continue to rain down on Sderot, and the security situation in the Gaza Strip continues to degenerate. |
Quote: "There can be no more delay," he told some 1,000 politicians and businessmen at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. "This suffocating situation has brought poverty, malnutrition, frustration and radicalisation," King Abdullah said. He urged the gathering to prepare investment plans for the "day after peace" in the Middle East.
According to the BBC article, King Abdullah made no mention of the fighting between Hamas and Fatah, which has left around a dozen people dead within recent days. Abdullah also believes that the economic boycott of the Palestinian Authority - which has so far refused to abide by any of the Quartet's conditions - is responsible for much suffering. Notice that Abdullah did not lay the blame for the "suffocation" at the feet of Israel or the Quartet - he simply stated that it is happening, which is true. But the BBC reporter seems to want people to assume that it is solely Israel's fault. What angered me most was the BBC's comments at the top of article, inferring blame of the whole situation on Israel, while refusing to mention the ongoing Palestinian terror which has resulted in the injury of dozens of Israelis just this week.
Quote: "Jordan's King Abdullah has urged the world to act to end what he described as the continuing suffering of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Try reading Abdullah's comments without reading the above BBC introduction, and it will shine a whole different light on the entire article. Abdullah did mention the "occupation", but he also stated that the absence of peace was a factor in the Palestinian suffering, and the Arab nations are much to blame for that. I've read enough news articles by the BBC and Reuters to realize that the correspondents often skew their articles by writing a "mini editorial" somewhere in the report, so they can put across their own point of view. When it comes to the BBC, often that point of view is anti-Israel.